• Sunday , 29 March 2020

Maya: 3D Projection Textures

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Complicated description of quite a simple phenomenon:

When you map a texture such as a ramp or a grid to a surface, it is glued to that surface whatever you do with the surface. However, when you use a 3D texture such as marble, it kind of penetrates the whole surface, and when you move the surface, the texture seems to float through it.

3D Textures have a great advantage over others. For example the marble structure distributes over the surface of a polygon cube as if the whole block was made of marble.

Finally I answer the question: Can we use a 2D texture for a (floating) 3D texture experience? Yes, we can! We need to visit the Hypershade window and work with a projection utility.

The thumbnail shows the 2D texture at the back and the 3D projection of the same texture in front. Rendered with only one light in Arnold.

I composed the music intro (“Computer Animation”) and extro (“Dubius 170”) for this channel. It’s licensed via GEMA.


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  1. ErichWilliam
    September 10, 2019 at 15:24

    Skip to 7:30 if you want 3D Projection Textures. Everything before that is procedural texturing.

  2. Marie-Josée Parent
    September 10, 2019 at 15:24

    Great explanation. Thank you.

  3. TechMax
    September 10, 2019 at 15:24

    Nice intro great tutor

  4. Domenico Cutrupi
    September 10, 2019 at 15:24

    Thank you!

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