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UnwrapUVW - how to set matID for selected polys from inside UnwrapUVW modifier?
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Multi/Sub material texturing of an already unwrapped character model with only matID 1 set

UnwrapUVW:
Very easy to make polygon selections using seams.
Can't change matIDs here; matIDs should already be in place.

Editable Poly Sub Object mode:
Very easy to change matIDs.
Can't make polygon selections using seams.

Interesting...
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12/3/2014 4:27:32 PM (last edit: 12/4/2014 9:28:21 AM)
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Solution:
Suppose our skinned character model is just an Editable Mesh object in the modifier stack (with proper UV coordinates and seams).
1. Add an UnwrapUVW modifier to the stack.
2. From inside the UnwrapUVW modifier, select a polygon and 'Expand Polygon Selection to Seams'.
3. Now add an Edit Mesh modifier to the stack.
4. Go into Sub-Object mode (Polygon).
5. Note the UnwrapUVW polygon selection is preserved up the stack. You can now change the matID for your selection using the Edit Mesh modifier rollout.
6. Make sure to exit Sub-Object mode for all modifiers on the stack when done. This is to ensure no Sub-Object polygon selection is active prior to the next step.
7. Select the Edit Mesh modifier and select 'Collapse To'.

You are left with an Editable Mesh object with a different matID applied to part of the mesh (perfectly matching the UV seams) ready for a Multi/Sub material.

You can repeat step 1 to 7 to assign additional matIDs to different parts of the mesh.

Notes:
a) If you skip step 6 you will lose UV coordinates and UV seams.
b) You have to collapse the mesh each time to save your changes to the mesh. If you only repeat steps 2 to 5 instead of 1 to 7 you will lose your changes; without collapsing your previous changes are lost. Or you can keep stacking.
c) There is no need to open the UV editor inside the UnwrapUVW modifier.

It would be much easier if you could directly assign matIDs to polygon selections from inside the UnwrapUVW modifier.

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12/3/2014 4:36:57 PM (last edit: 12/11/2014 1:25:31 PM)
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