Wireframe and Smooth + Hilighted? (3ds max 5.1)


#1

Hi all,

I’m working on a figure from this book and was wondering if there was a way that I could keep the reference images that I’ve applied as a material on the boxes visible while working in wireframe mode for the actual figure that I’m working on.

I know… probably sounds confusing. When I go to wireframe mode with any particular viewport, I lose my reference images because the boxes that they’re attached to go into wireframe as well… sigh. :frowning:

Thank you!


#2


#3

I assign a wireframe to the model that I’m working on and keep the viewport(s) in Smooth. Actually, I constantly switch the material on the model between wireframe and non-wireframe depending.

Also, I prep my reference photos in PhotoShop. I can’t stand white backgrounds and other things because it can make working on a wireframe that much harder. What I do is Image > Adjust > Levels (ctrl + l) and bring the white output down to 120 or so. Not to mention manually pumping up the contrast with Curves if I feel the need. Sometimes I’ll even Invert the photo reference. Makes for a darker reference, but still usable and easier to see wires while modeling.

Another trick I do is to use a contrasting colour for the wire. For example, if my reference photo is mainly blue, then I’ll make sure that my wires are yellow.

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#4

I assign a wireframe to the model that I’m working on and keep the viewport(s) in Smooth. Actually, I constantly switch the material on the model between wireframe and non-wireframe depending.

Ah. This is probably where I’m going wrong. How do I assign wireframe to a model while leaving the rest of the viewport in Smooth?


#5

in the material edditor there is a check bow, near the top of the rollout by default, that says wire frame. Just check it.


#6

Ah, perfect! Thank you Stroker and coffeepenguin. :slight_smile:


#7

xray mode is pretty quick …

ALT + X


#8

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