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Maya® Studio Projects Texturing and Lighting by Lee Lanier

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2D and 3D Procedural Textures

Maya provides a number of textures that are procedural. A procedural texture is one that is mathematically generated through a predefined algorithm. Procedural textures are resolution independent and do not have defined edges or borders. The textures fall into two categories: 2D and 3D.

2D procedural textures create a pattern in two dimensions: U (left/right) and V (down/up). These textures include Bulge, Checker, Cloth, Fractal, Grid, Mountain, Noise, Ramp, and Water. When you map a 2D texture to the attribute of a material, two nodes are created and connected to the material node. The first node is the texture node, which carries the attributes that determine the quality of the texture. Because several procedural ...

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