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Materials, Colors, and Textures 4comments (6) June 27th, 2010 in blogs
Here is another example of texturing using an 18th Century mahogany bookcase, as shown below. This example has both vertical and horizontal grain components, so requires a different procedure from that used on the blanket chest shown in my previous blog post.
As stated previously, I prefer to not texture within the definition of a component. This means that I need to make textures that hopefully will not need rotation, movement, or editing in any other way.
For mahogany I prefer a chemical stain and filler along with a dark shellac French Polish. My first step is to take a picture of this finish on an existing piece of furniture.
Create two rectangles - one for the largest face of vertical grain, and another for the largest face of horizontal grain as shown below. Import the mahogany texture into each of the rectangles. Since the picture was of horizontal grain only, I need to rotate the grain in the vertical rectangle.
Right click on the texture of the vertical rectangle and select Texture/Position.
Use the texture corner pins (primarily the green one) to rotate the grain to a vertical orientation.
Right click on the vertical texture and pick Make Unique Texture from the pop-up menu. In the Materials dialog box, change the names of the two mahogany textures - one Mahogany Vertical, the other Mahogany Horizontal.
Click on the vertical grain texture in the Materials dialog box and use the Paint Brush to click on all the vertical grain faces (no need to open the component for editing).
Finish the texturing with the horizontal grain placement with the paint bucket.
Here is a picture of the finished piece in real mahogany…….
This completes my series on Materials, Colors, and Textures.
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