All too often textures are overlooked as a solution for creating effects. The tendency is to think of them merely as a means for coloring objects. The tutorials in this chapter demonstrate some ways in which engaging visual effects can be created quickly and easily simply by taking advantage of the power that textures offer. The most versatile of all texture nodes— the Ramp texture—will be put to work in many of these examples.
Creating Animated Lighting Effects with Ramp Textures Streaking Energy Effects
Layering with Multiple UV Sets:The Zombie's Hand
Abusing Ambient Occlusion:The Sci Fi Scanner
Controlling Particles with Textures: Swimming Bacteria