PaintFX custom section on tubes

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Old 10 October 2013   #1
PaintFX custom section on tubes

Hi there;

I have a question about PaintFX since I really don't know them very well.

I need to make some grass but I need the very single grass blade to have a custom section. In other words, I need the tubes not have a circular section but a custom curve (is not a simple ellipse or anything mathematical).

Is that possible?. If not, it would be very cool to have such an option in a future version of MAYA!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10 October 2013   #2
It isnt possible. You can only fiddle with Brush Profile Flattness to blend between a circular and elliptical profile.
Using custom profile curves and instancing custom geometry into Paint FX brushes would be indeed a very powerful feature, maybe there is hope, since PaintFX got some useful updates in Maya 2014...
 
Old 10 October 2013   #3
maybe you can achieve what you want with the "pfxToArray node" in soup

http://www.soup-dev.com/examples2_1.htm

www.soup-dev.com/videos/pfxToArray1.mov
www.soup-dev.com/videos/pfxToArray2.mov
www.soup-dev.com/videos/pfxToArray3.mov
 
Old 10 October 2013   #4
Thank you, I'll check if that fits my needs
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