26
Aug
08

Customizing UV iProp Bases

Use images to customize UV iProp Bases and create a variety of animated surface assets

Use images to customize UV iProp Bases and create a variety of animated surface assets

Today’s tip will make you want to break out the polyester, buff out the platforms and crank up the Bee Gees. What would make me bust out the Bee Gees, you ask? Customizing UV iProp Bases in iClone 3.0, that’s what. There are a number of cool effects that you can create using the new UV iProp Base templates, but one of my personal favorites is an animated disco floor that would even make Travolta twinkle his toes! This is basically a texture editing process with tons of power on the animation end of things and to edit these UV iProp Bases follow the steps below…or watch the Super Funky High Speed video version below.

  • Go to Set
  • Click the Props button
  • Choose the Template folder
  • Open the UV iProp Bases folder
  • Choose the UV 03 template
  • Click Play to review the template animation
  • In the Modify panel click on the Diffuse map
  • Click the Open icon to import an image to the UV iProp Base
  • Select a Custom Image and open
  • Scroll down in the Modify panel and slide the Self Illumination slider to 100%
  • Scroll up and click the Glow map
  • Click the Open icon to import a Glow image to the UV iProp Base
  • Select the same Custom Image and open
  • Locate the Strength slider and slide it down until the desired effect is achieved
  • Save your new custom UV iProp Base

These new UV iProp Bases make many cool effects possible, from this supa-fly disco floor, to repeating road or street images that allow users to fake ground movement. Get creative….get Funky….these bases can turn into all kinds of things that can take your scene from flat to fresh. Below, as always, is the high speed method video, however, today I suggest you warm up the lava lamp for the example of this technique in action at the end of the clip. You hardcore Tekken fans out there may recognize this little attempt at a Machinima-Mini. Get down with the boogie…try to shake it around!

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