The short answer is, the pink object doesn’t have a material/texture assigned to it, so you either deleted its material by mistake or you didn’t assign a material to it in the first place or you have changed the directory where textures used to be.
If you are working on a 3d model, you want to assign a material to your 3D asset in order to make sure you see it properly in the viewport. Here is how to do it:
- Select the object you want to add a material to.
- Go into edit mode by hitting the tab key and select the “object data” tab on the toolbar.
- Click on the button labeled “material”.
- A list of materials will open up. Click on one of those.
Below I have attached an image of where to find that material tab and the material list available.
How to find missing files in Blender?
Blender is one of the most popular 3D modeling tools out there. It offers powerful features such as sculpting, animation, rigging, rendering, compositing, etc., making it suitable for both beginners and professionals alike.
However, sometimes we forget about saving our work. This happens because we are working on different projects simultaneously and save them in different folders. In addition, we often move project files around without realizing it.
If you lose a file, you might think that you can just re-import it into the same project again. Unfortunately, this won’t work. You’ll end up losing all the changes you made since the last import. To prevent this from happening, you can use the Find Missing File feature.
- Click File
- Then External Data
- Then Find Missing Files
- A popup will open this is where you select all the files related to that scene and blender to find them in that folder
The image below shows you where to find the find missing files menu.
So now that you have learned how to fix the mysterious purple/pink color on your models, you should be able to achieve better results when creating realistic-looking assets.
Remember that adding a material isn’t enough; you also need to apply them to the actual 3d asset and when ever you change your texture location, blender won’t be able to find them so make sure you relink your textures using the find missing texture feature in Blender.