Modeling Facades in 3ds Max - Part 5 - Correcting Texture Errors

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  • Design Visualization
  • Modeling
  • 2011
  • 3ds Max
Skill Level
  • Intermediate
5 min

Modeling Facades in 3ds Max - Part 5 - Correcting Texture Errors

In this tutorial, learn how to correct texture errors. With the building image projected from one direction, any polygons not facing that direction need additional mapping information to display correctly. This is the case for all polygons running along the depth of the building.

Recorded in: 3ds Max 2011
This tutorial is intended for use with 3ds Max version 2011 or higher.


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To correct the streaking textures, add an Unwrap UVW modifier
to the top of the stack.

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Expand the modifier and select Face mode.

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You will start with the door jamb on the left.

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This polygon is facing left to right, in the X-direction.

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Use the Planar mapping method in Align X mode to make a left projection
mapping onto this face.

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Exit Planar mode. This is important as you cannot make adjustments
to the mapping coordinates while this option is enabled.

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Click the Edit button to display the Edit UVs dialog.

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Use the Filter mode to only view the selected face(s).

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To make your work easier, you can display the building texture
inside this dialog for reference.

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You can also set the option for Brightness to be lighter,
making the texture easier to read.

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Using Freeform mode, scale the polygon to an area that fits
the reference image.

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Align it to the right side of the central pillar.

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Try mirroring it horizontally. This seems to work well
with the front texture of the pillar.

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Repeat the procedure with the other doorjamb.

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You may need to disable, and then re-enable the Filter tool
to refresh the display.

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Find a good spot for it to match the plant on the façade wall.

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The doorsteps are a little tricky, because the photograph has no
information about that portion of the building.

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To compensate, you can use the lintel texture. Although the lintel
is wood, when scaled up in size it can pass for stone.

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Select all the faces that represent the doorsteps.

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Apply Planar mapping on them. Since they are facing upward, and then
align them to the Z-axis.

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Scale them and move them into position inside the lintel area.

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Keep working on other areas that run along the depth of the building.
These include the building sides, but also window jambs and sills.

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Remember to use the appropriate alignment, X or Z depending
if you are mapping a face from the side or from top.

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If two faces are running parallel and are of the same size,
you may elect to map them simultaneously.

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When you are done, render the scene again to see the improvements.

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If no further editing is required, you can collapse your model
to an editable poly, all the mapping will be preserved.

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In the last part of this project, you learn to deal with curved surfaces
such as archways.
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