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show user profile  Spadge
Hi all,

I'm new to 3ds max and the forum and I'm desperate for help. I have spent the last 2 and a half hours trying to set up a refrence plane in 3ds max 2013. The problem I am having is that when I go to drag the image onto the plane I have created, the plane just come out an opaque grey colour with no image. I have followed about 5 different tutorials to the letter on this, all of them offer the same process to follow. This is what I am doing:

1) Create plane - sizing to fit image and setting segments to 1
2) Setting viewports - Changing the views to shaded and edge faces (F3/F4)
2) Material editor - Going to diffuse > colour > bitmap > select image
3) Selecting "show shaded material in viewport" option
4) dragiing to plane
5) Ending up with just a grey plane

It would help if someone who specifically has 2013 could respond as I think a couple of options have changed since previous versions (e.g. apparently there is now no need to change transparancey, although I have tried this anyway). In addition I have also tried different image files.

It is also worth noting that I can set the image as a background.

Thanks in anticipation
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8/30/2012 12:41:59 PM (last edit: 8/30/2012 12:41:59 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Seems like what you're doing is correct. Only step I didn't see listed is uv mapping.

Add a uv map modifier -> planar (which is default), collapse the stack and see what happens.

Also it might be something to do with nitros. Click on "Customize" from the top menu -> preferences -> viewports -> "Choose Driver" and try Direct3d or Open GL. You'll have to restart Max to see if this works. I'd save your scene first to save some time.

[edit] just thought of another potential fix. In viewport choose "Realistic" or "Shaded" and left-click -> materials -> and choose "Shaded materials with maps" or "Realistic materials with maps."
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8/30/2012 1:15:13 PM (last edit: 8/30/2012 1:18:17 PM)
show user profile  Spadge
Thank you sooooooooooo much. Got it working
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8/30/2012 1:24:10 PM (last edit: 8/30/2012 1:24:10 PM)
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