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  1. well, yes. The graphic file you describe should be able to display ONLY the text in white using the Alpha channel for transparency. To me, that would be great if the text were being applied directly to a structure. For what you describe, I think I'd make the sign s its own object.

  2. I would make the art as it should render; red text on a white background, appropriately sized, and either texture a 3D Polo or create and Impage prop.


    what you describe will knock out the area around the text and just show white text.

  3. So, I'm not sure and I haven't tested, but why couldn't you have a texture with the color shader set to object attributes and have the transparency as you like?


    For the lens on a spotlight lighting device, that's set in the Spotlight Preferences.There must be a lens object, grouped with the body and the lens need a class with a texture (glow shader, object attributes, Cast Shadows turned off). In the spotlight prefs Modify lighting instrument color set to color field, and only the lens class. 

  4. I've found it best to leave the heavy lifting to VCS and process there. That does mean that you file must be stored in your VCS folder, or dropbox with full access. There have been issues with VCS saving the completed Pano in the VCS folder even if directed to save elsewhere.


    It takes time to process. A JOG will show up too quickly, but not be the final output.

  5. 3 minutes ago, leecalisti said:

    OK, there's a lot of discussion and workarounds here. As an architect who is a solo practitioner, we need tools that are easy, intuitive, and do not require workarounds or special knowledge to use.


    Which is why I ultimately suggest this be built into wall styles, or a similar function. I should be able to assign a crown, a picture rail, chair rail, baseboard, wainscoting, etc to a wall object. Similarly door and window moulding.


    Then I should be able to pull the details back out for construction documents.

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  6. So, unless I'm missing something, always my first guess, the illustration might help.


    On the right is a moulding where I've adjusted the size to simplify the math. In this case, that might not mater, but when combining a number of profiles to make a crown, it can save on the head scratching. Of course, It messes up accuracy and the sections/details.


    The next drawing to the left is the original profile. To the left of that, I've squared it off. I have not moved the center, but I have a solid crown for no good reason. On the far left, I show what I think you're describing. I added a chunk of unnecessary geometry, but I no longer have to offset the path. In turn I also no longer have the information for a proper section without redrawing the section.This is not optimal.


    The second drawing shows (exaggerated) what I think @SeanOSkea (and I) would like in the EAP dialog. So, I could trace the walls, leave the line (path), select the profile, and direct VWX to extrude from the point.





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  7. On 1/5/2020 at 2:52 PM, SeanOSkea said:

    @Kevin K But it still drives it down the center of the profile, right? That way you still have to offset the path (a pain) or edit the profile (also a pain).


    Exactly. If adding a crown to a box set, I trace in the plan view with the Polyline tool. Offset that line by 50% of the thickness of the moulding. Fiddle to get position and extrude. Fiddle and then Trim. For a portal. I trace the opening in Front View, Offset and place the profile  in the Plan View, Extrude.


    There is no way to link the profile detail to the Extrude for detail drawings, which is also unfortunate.



    On 1/5/2020 at 2:52 PM, SeanOSkea said:

    Kevin A, yes you're absolutely right, it runs down the center of the profile--fine if you're doing round pipe handrails or something but annoying for everything else.  And like you, as a scenic designer, I'm doing all kinds of weird stuff with moulding so that is doesn't make sense to me to have it as a wall component.  I usually just drive the 3D NURBS tool along the top edge of a wall or baseboard or whatever. I'll sometimes grab edges with the extract tool but at every vector it creates a separate line or curve so you have to ungroup them and compose them before you can use it as a path. 


    I disagree. On a film set or many interiors adding mouldings to the Wall Objects would make for faster work. This assumes that the Wall Objects would then create all of the miters. Similarly, posture rail, chair rail, door and window mouldings. Wainscoting should be wall components.


    In a more starts environment, other built up or applied wall details should be attached to the wall objects. I often do geometric panels on walls.


    Of course, once we have all of this, Forced Perspective will be a nice addition.


    On 1/5/2020 at 2:52 PM, SeanOSkea said:


    I seem to have the most luck drawing profiles in T/P and just remembering which way the path was drawn (or show direction if I forget). If the path was drawn left to right the profile should face the right or X+ and the left if the path goes in the other direction. That cuts down on the number of sideways and backwards fails for me. And usually if I to Top/Plan in the edit profile workspace more often than not I'll be looking down at the profile centered on the path axis and don't have to hunt around for the right view. I never offset the path. Can't be asked. 


    Can't be asked?



  8. @SeanOSkea I often feel I have the same struggles.


    IIRC, as it's generally finger memory., I draw of place the profile perpendicular to the path.


    I think the control point you mention in the center point of the profile, BUT the user has to do the math. So if you have a piece of simple crown moulding that is 3 3/8" wide the offset of the path needs to be 1 7/8" (or 3 3/8 / 2 in the offset dialog). Obviously Control Points (like the 9 little dots in the oIP whose name I can never recall) would help.In an ideal world, if using Wall Objects, the crown molding, however it's composed as I doubt either of us uses a single moulding element in a crown,  should be a Component and defined in a Style.


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  9. MSG is a typo. Should read mask.


    An Alpha channel is a mask, but it doesn't have to be black and white. There are many uses for, and ways to create a grayscale alpha channel in photoshop.


    So, If you have a 40' by 40' floor, create a texture that size in photoshop. Keep the over all resolution (DPI) low, mI typically keep all of my image based textures to 1-3Mb. That resolution is dependent on the size of my output.


    Create a new channel and use the gradient tool to create the black to white gradient. Save as A TIFF file and then in VWX create a new texture. Import that file, set the size to the same 40' and use Image Mask Transparency and choose this image and choose the alpha channel in the Image shader.


    Of course, you could create a 4" texture and change the size in VWX, but I use real world sizes to keep track of what I'm doing.



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