Friday, April 14, 2006

Struggling with Lightwave texture mapping and alpha channel

I am struggling to make transparent texture mapping working with Lightwave 3D 8. Here's two articles that I think maybe helpful to me:

- How to i get my Alpha channel to work in Lightwave?
- Texturing & Modeling in L[6]

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Finally, the way to make my Lightwave green version complete

I am studying texture mapping these days, and found that Lightwave 8 comes with great Texture Mapping capability without using other UV Mapping specific application. However along the way I was a bit confused about the role of bump map, so I read a bit from this article to get some general idea.

I also enjoy the fact that the tutorial help file that comes with Lightwave 8 is also available online so that I can access it everywhere I go.

My biggest discovery today, though, is that there's a way to load all the plug-in when I use the portable (green) version of Lightwave 8. That way I can import EPSF files, use JPEG image during texture mapping, render a scene and export it to JPEG and so on.

To import all plug-in with a Lightwave 8 portable version:
Under [Utilities] tab, click Edit Plugins (or Alt F11), Click [Scsn Directory] button on the Edit Plug-in window. In "Browser for Folder", select the whole "Lightwave [8]" folder. When done scanning, click [OK}, and click [Done]. Now when you go to [File][Import], you will find options that you never had before.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Problem loading JPEG image map and EPS file

I have problem loading JPEG image and EPS file with the green version I made. Installing the versions in APPS_051115 didn't have neither. And it seems like there does not exist Lightwave 8 demo.

Guess I need to try the 8.0 in APPs_040528 .

Download UV Mapping Lesson files

Here's where you can download the UV Mapping Lesson files.