About Textures in Toolbox

About Textures

About Texture Controls

Each texture type has a unique set of controls, or channels, that adjust such properties as reflectivity, transparency, and self-illumination. Within each of these channels, you can assign, hide, or delete a texture. When you assign textures to a material's color, the texture colors replace the material's diffuse color.

After you apply the texture, you can realign it with a face or shape by adjusting the material mapping.

When Uncompressed Textures is enabled, the amount of memory required to open a drawing is increased and results in the best quality textures. Disabling the Uncompressed Textures option results in a reduction of image quality on-screen and the loading of the images taking longer because of them being compressed before being displayed. There is no loss in image quality when you create a rendering.

There are two types of textures: image and procedural.

Image Textures

Use an image to represent a texture. For example, you can use an image of wood, concrete conglomerate, metal, carpet, or basketry.

You can edit the texture scale and other properties to customize it to your model.

The product provides a library of images that you can use with textures. You can also add your own textures using the following file types:
  1. BMP, RLE, or DIB
  2. GIF
  3. JFIF, JPG, or JPEG
  4. PCX
  5. PNG
  6. TGA
  7. TIFF

Procedural Textures
Use a procedural texture generated by a mathematical algorithm to represent repetitive textures such as tiles or wood. You can adjust the texture properties for the effect you want. For example, you can adjust tile size and mortar spacing for a brick material or change the spacing of the grain in a wood material.

The types of settings for a procedural texture vary. You nest them to add depth and complexity to the material.

Applies a stone and vein color pattern. You can specify the stone and vein color and modify the vein spacing and width.

Applies a two-color checkerboard pattern to the material. The default checker texture is a pattern of black and white squares. You can set the checkered components to be either colors or another texture.

Generates a speckled surface pattern. The Speckle texture is useful for creating granite-like surfaces.

Simulates the surface of a body of water. The Waves texture generates a number of spherical wave centers and randomly distributes them over a sphere. You can control the number of wave sets, the amplitude, and the speed of the waves. This texture works effectively as both a diffuse and bump properties, or combined with an opacity property.

Applies a brick or stacked tiling of colors or other materials.

Creates random, disturbed surface based on the interaction of two colors and textures. You can use Noise to decrease the repetitiveness of certain patterns.

Creates the color and grain pattern of wood.

Creates customized gradients that use several colors to create gradual shades, or ramps, between colors.

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