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Blender 2.5 Materials and Textures Cookbook by Colin Litster

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Using alpha to create a leaf shape on a simple mesh

Blender is equipped to deal with alpha channel images, using them to produce visual holes in any surface. In order to use this image transparency, there are a few important steps to follow.

Getting started

You will need the blendfile saved at the end of the last exercise: ivy-leaf-03.blend. If you starting this recipe from scratch you can download and unzip the following file from the Packtpub website: chapt-06/ivy-leaf.zip

How to do it…

Blender provides all the tools necessary to use alpha channels. You will need to open ivy-leaf-03.blend to continue this recipe.

  1. With the plane selected, switch to the Materials panel if it's not already active.
  2. Select and check the Transparency tab. Select the ...

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