Archive for the ‘Function Editor’ Category

Texturing Tutorial – My Method – Part 3

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Part 1, Part 2

In the final part of this series, I will look at ways to tweak the texture map that was created in the last part further to add an extra level of depth to the textures. Firstly, lets recap on the model as it was at the end of the last part.

It looks okay, but there are still areas which can be improved enormously. For one, the rock texture is a little bit boring to look at, and there are a lot of cracks in the rock texture which could do with some additional texturing.

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Texturing Tutorial – My Method – Part 2

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

This is the second part of the guide, If you have not looked at the first part, check it out first, or if you are looking for the final part, go here.

So now we have all of the texture maps that we need to make a good looking map for the rock face we are going to be working on, we now need to think about how each of the materials is going to be distributed. Obviously, all of the maps cannot be shown in full at the same time, so they must be made only visible in certain sections. While this is entirely possible to do in the function editor of your program, for example Lightwave, or even Vue, I prefer to use Photoshop, for a number of reasons. Firstly the control in Photoshop is much easier in my opinion, and you also have the option of drawing directly onto the model, which is fantastic.

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Texturing Tutorial – My Method – Part 1

Friday, April 20th, 2012

This tutorial is based on a request by Christian Key to demonstrate how I would go about texturing a model of a rock face (which he has kindly provided). This tutorial will be split over a couple of days due to current time constraints.

Part 2, part 3

While I understand that there are infinite different ways in which this could be done, this is the method that I would use.

I will not be focusing on the basic principles of how to apply textures here, as this is covered in a wide number of other places, and will probably just add confusion to the subject. If you are having problems with any part of this tutorial, please feel free to send me a message and ill help you the best I can.

Software that will be used is the following:

  • Photoshop CS5.1 Extended
  • Lightwave 10.1
  • Vue 9 Infinite

So first step, lets take a look at the model.

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The Vine house is finished.

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The vine house has been completed to my satisfaction.

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The house was created in Hexagon, all texturing and rendering was done in Vue 7 Complete. The vine plant was created in the plant editor.

Hope you enjoy it.

Noise Node Reference Guide

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

This is a reference guide as to what the noise nodes look like when they are applied to a square.

Each material is mapped to “object-parametic”and uses a black-white color map where black is -1 and white is 1.

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Ivy House Part 2

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Started working on the background for the ivy house, pretty happy with how it came out.

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Ivy House

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Inspired by Walther Becks ivy on cornucopia3d I have started work on a house covered by ivy. I have modelled the house on one from Tosterup, Skane in Sweden, and have created an ivy plant using a picture of an ivy leaf and editing the spring hollyhock plant.

Each of the ivy leaves has a different color tone to add some variety, its starting to look a bit better but I really want to get the texture on the house to look more weatherbeaten.

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Rough Guide to the Material Editor – Color and Alpha Tab – Part 3

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

In this third part of the the rough guide to the material editor, we will be exploring the Color and Alpha Tab of the advanced material editor

Part 4 will jump into the function editor for a preview of some of the cool stuff that can be done in there. Filters will also be covered there.

There will be a reference guide to the shapes of the noise functions in Part 4.

Firstly we will look at the Advanced Material Editor Color and Alpha Tab. Unless stated, all mapping is as “object parametric”.

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Rough Guide to the Material Editor – Part 2 – Getting to Know the Function Editor Graph

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

In this part of the rough guide we will look in more depth at the graph window and the controls that are availiable.

Using the Graph

There are various controls which allow you to move around and view different areas in the graph window and access different controls.

  • To pan around the graph, drag with the right mouse button held down
  • To zoom in and out use the zoom buttons
  • To zoom into an area, click the zoom area button and select and area to zoom into
  • To select a node click on it, its properties will be displayed int he bottom left corner
  • Nodes can be moved by dragging them to where ever you want them to be displayed

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Function Editor – A Learning Process – Part 1

Friday, January 16th, 2009

I am in the process of learning the function editor in Vue 7 Complete by using the fantastic tutorials at geek at play, the vue 7 manual and a lot of trial and error.

So far I am having a fair deal of sucess, in that its not as scary as it first appears, its just a case of learning where everything is and having the creativity to know what it is you want to achieve and how to make things more realistic.
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