08 August 2005, 05:19 AM
Well I'm not an ace at texturing so I'll let someone else tell you about that.
But if you want to animate the fella, you don't need any extra plugins, you can use morph mixer in Modeler.
If you've never used morph mixer before, it's verrrry easy, so you're in luck!
Morphs are used to make facial expressions mostly, but you'll find a zillion other uses for them also.
I can't find any tutes on Google, (but I'm sure there are hundreds) so I'll quickly outline how morphs work.
1. In modeler, down the lower right, there are 3 buttons (or 5 in Lightwave 8.0), with labels W, T & M.
They stand for Weight map, Texture map and Morph map.
2. You'll be wanting to create a morph. So click on the 'M' button. Then, in the dialog box on the right (which should now say '(base)') click and select 'New'.
3. Name your morph. Eg, 'Smile", and leave the setting on relative, then click OK. (If you want to get into what Relative and Absolute to, read the manual.)
4. Now, make your morph! All you have to do is drag the points around on your model until it looks like the alien is smiling.
IMPORTANT: Always switch the morph dialog back to (base) before editing the model. ALWAYS.
If you don't turn the dialog back to base, any further edits you do to your model will only be saved in the current morph, and when you switch back to (base) later the model will jump back to how it was before you made the morph map.
5. Once you have your smile looking good, you can switch back the morph dialog to (base).
6. Make any more morphs you like following the same steps, ie, 'blink', 'ears twitch' etc.
7. Send the model to Layout.
8. Click on the object that you applied the morphs to. Press 'p' for properties, and go to the deform tab. Add the 'Morph mixer' plugin.
9. Double click on the plugin and use the sliders to control your morphs! Easy eh?
(Well, this essay didn't really make it sound easy, but it is once you get the hang of it..)
One last thing. If your model is sub-patched, (which yours is), make sure in Layout, that you go to properties 'p' again, and in the 'Geometry' tab, set the subdivision order to 'Last'. Otherwise Lightwave doesn't calculate the morphs properly.
Cheers! Hope this helps!
08 August 2005, 01:41 PM
Believe me, this helped me alot. Thank you very much.
08 August 2005, 06:08 PM
You can also dig around on this site for tons of tutorials on a wide selection of topics:
For texturing and setting up characters to be animated, I'd also recomend these books:
Lightwave 8 Texturing:
Character modelling/rigging/morph target setup/texturing:
08 August 2005, 06:08 PM
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