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Blacks too black to see.
show user profile  K u r a i
My blacks are too black. I cannot see details.

What do I do to see them better. I use 'Shaded'.

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9/23/2014 1:33:33 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 1:33:33 PM)
show user profile  Setherial
make them reflective, most hard surfaces are.
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9/23/2014 1:51:44 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 1:51:44 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Don't use pure black. It doesn't exist in the real world. (Except for that recent scientifically created super-black color which is so unnatural you lose your mind) A very dark grey is better in your case.

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9/23/2014 1:52:55 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 1:52:55 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Don't froget to use fresnel

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9/23/2014 1:53:33 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 1:53:33 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
Manny, think he's only concerned with the viewports view not the renders.


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9/23/2014 2:01:20 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 2:01:20 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
I knew that

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9/23/2014 2:05:06 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 2:05:06 PM)
show user profile  K u r a i
I downloaded this kitchen from 3Dsky and rearranged it.

As you can see it's dark grey. But, it appears pitch black in the viewport.
Surely there must be a way to view things better.

Sir's the first time you have given a proper response...thanks...... but STRAT was right... I meant vewport. Come on, switch on :)

Also, I use one colour only when making walls and ceilings... should I use a random colour?
In Sketchup you can assign a low res texture to an object and use that as a marker for Vray.
Can you assign textures to objects in Max alone?
When you assign a colour to a object in Max does this act as a marker for Vray?

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9/23/2014 2:44:02 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 5:50:10 PM)
show user profile  K u r a i
I often dream that my threads will be greeted... by a mass of enthusiastic Max'ers...
all striving to give me the right answer...

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9/23/2014 9:13:40 PM (last edit: 9/23/2014 9:13:40 PM)
show user profile  K u r a i
Help??? Please.

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9/24/2014 8:34:25 AM (last edit: 9/24/2014 8:34:25 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
Just change the colour of your model to "not black." If you've assigned a material you can click the "show material in viewport" button (in the material editor). Or you can switch to "realistic" mode in your viewport. I assume you're using Nitros display driver. If not click "configure viewport" (click the "+" in the top left of your viewport and you'll see it). What else... upgrade your ram and graphics card. Uh, optimise your models.
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9/24/2014 8:39:02 AM (last edit: 9/24/2014 8:39:02 AM)
show user profile  FX
Don't know if it's possible to "Viewport Material Override" in Max, it seems a question that's been asked a 1000 times if you Google it.

A couple of scripts that "used" to work......

Turn Viewport Maps On/Off


SMIV (Show Maps In Viewports

Can't get a blip out of them in 2014 tho', maybe they need some tweaking, they don't work for me.
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9/24/2014 8:46:46 AM (last edit: 9/24/2014 8:46:46 AM)
show user profile  K u r a i
I have the Viewport Textures on/off script...nothing happens.
I looked at all the scripts you suggested and they are way out of date... so I will take your word for it that they don't work on 2014.

Maybe the textures were baked into the model.

I have a 1GB graphics card and 12 GB of ram on a (.7) 27" iMac.
That should be good enough.

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9/24/2014 9:12:43 AM (last edit: 9/24/2014 9:48:20 AM)
show user profile  mike_renouf
Herfst just gave you the answer I think.

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9/26/2014 10:41:13 PM (last edit: 9/26/2014 10:41:13 PM)
show user profile  FX
Can't help wondering if it's possible via maxscript to record all materials applied in a scene, then apply a toggle-able global material to the entire scene, and revert back...maybe too slow and clunky.?

Some transferable method maybe....

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9/26/2014 11:29:38 PM (last edit: 9/26/2014 11:33:26 PM)
show user profile  K u r a i
I installed Vray 3.0 Demo for Max 2015.... I can see all my textures again and the pitch black objects have gone.
Which is great cos I still have Corona as my main render engine.

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10/2/2014 8:49:18 AM (last edit: 10/2/2014 8:49:18 AM)
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