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How can I 'Paint' a Stripe Pattern on a Crane Boom
show user profile  GoodJuJu
Hi Everybody,

I am completely new to 3DS (and this forum). I have used 3D tools (AutoCAD, Microstation etc.) extensively but only for modelling and am mow getting very interested in making my 3D models photorealistic.

I have a 3D model of a lattice crane boom. It is made up of the lattices as individual solids and the boom spars as individual solids.

What I would like to do is 'paint' the crane boom red and white in a stripe pattern. I have played around with the materials and added a red and white striped image to the material which I have applied to the components but am getting very poor results. Is it possible to paint the selection as a whole rather than individual components and scale the attached image?

Could somebody please help me with some tips, or point me in the direction of a tutorial which might help me.

Any help anybody can offer is much appreciated.

Kind Regards

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12/1/2011 11:13:49 AM (last edit: 12/1/2011 11:13:49 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
F1 > UVW Unwrap seems to be what you need.

As a general pointer, if you're wanting advice, pictures always help. All you have to do is post the direct link of the image in your post and it will embed properly.
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12/1/2011 11:16:30 AM (last edit: 12/1/2011 11:16:30 AM)
show user profile  GoodJuJu
Hi LionDebt,

Thanks for your quick reply and advice. I will try your suggestion now.

In the meantime, I had a quick look on Flickr for an idea of what it is I am trying to achieve..

I am trying to 'Paint' my crane boom the same as the image below (red / white).

cranes over newbury
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12/1/2011 11:24:14 AM (last edit: 12/1/2011 11:26:32 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Select all the objects you want to paint red and white striped, apply UVW modifier, set to planar and make sure the orientation/axis is lengthwise, then apply your material with a tiled red/white bitmap in the diffuse slot.. Click on the uvwMap modifier again to access the gizmo and scale/position to suit..

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12/1/2011 11:34:39 AM (last edit: 12/1/2011 11:34:39 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
You can select the individual faces of each red section, apply a Material ID 1 to them, and then press Ctrl+I to invert your selection, apply Material ID 2 to what you now have selected. Then create a multimaterial with Red under MatID 1 and White as the MatID 2.

Or do what ScotlandDave suggests.
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12/1/2011 11:45:52 AM (last edit: 12/1/2011 11:45:52 AM)
show user profile  GoodJuJu
Really appreciate your help everybody..

just going back into ACAD to modify my layers to make it easier to select the entities as a group....

And then... I'll get back to you with the results..

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12/1/2011 11:49:33 AM (last edit: 12/1/2011 11:49:33 AM)
show user profile  Garp
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12/1/2011 12:44:07 PM (last edit: 12/1/2011 12:44:07 PM)
show user profile  GoodJuJu
Wow.. Garp.. What can I say?

Thanks a million!!!

That is exactly.. and I mean exactly what I was talking about!!

BIG Kudos to you!!

Thanks to ScotlandDave too... your suggestion was almost identical, but Garp's video was tremendous.
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12/1/2011 1:17:57 PM (last edit: 12/1/2011 4:55:00 PM)
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