Instance Property


An object that defines the reflected color for each point on a surface.


@property(nonatomic, readonly) SCNMaterialProperty *reflective;


You can simulate a mirrored or chromed finish on a surface by causing it to reflect its environment. SceneKit does not render real-time reflections of the objects in a scene, but it can use an environment map texture to simulate reflection of a static or animated image. When rendering each pixel on the surface, SceneKit traces the light from that point to a pixel in the environment map as if the surface was reflecting that image.

By default, the reflective property’s contents object is a white color, causing the property to have no visible effect. Setting the reflective property’s contents to any solid color adds uniform shading to the material. To create a reflective effect, set the property’s contents to an image or other texture-mapped content.

To produce a mirror-finish effect using an environment map, the texture image should take one of two forms:

  • A sphere map, a square image whose content depicts an environment as reflected by a mirrored sphere.

  • A cube map, an array of six square images which together form an imaginary cube enclosing the scene, whose inner surfaces are reflected by the material. You create a cube map by setting the reflective property’s contents object to an NSArray instance containing six images, each corresponding to a direction in the scene’s world coordinate space in the following order: +X, -X, +Y, -Y, +Z, -Z (or Right, Left, Top, Bottom, Near, Far).

The figure below shows a material (with a texture for its normal property) before and after providing a cube map for the reflective property.

Figure 1

Adding a reflective environment map to a material

This material property does not apply to physically-based materials (see SCNLightingModelPhysicallyBased). Instead, such materials reflect environment-based lighting (see the SCNScene lightingEnvironment property) based on their metalness and roughness properties.

See Also

Visual Properties for Basic Shading


An object that manages the material’s diffuse response to lighting.


An object that manages the material’s response to ambient lighting.


An object that manages the material’s specular response to lighting.


An object that provides color values that are multiplied with pixels in a material after all other shading is complete.


An object that determines the opacity of each point in a material.


The sharpness of specular highlights. Animatable.


A factor affecting the material’s reflectivity. Animatable.


A Boolean value that determines whether the material responds identically to both ambient and diffuse lighting. Animatable.