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Adding Colour to Volume Noise in Maya

Suppose, for whatever reason, you want colourised noise in Maya; there are some 3d shaders that are colour based, like Crater, or Mountain, but if you want a colour version of Volume noise for example, there’s no support for that out the box, so in order to...

MASH & Python & meshes – Part 1: Normals

There are many reasons you might want to access mesh information in a MASH network, we’ll take a look at two of those reasons here. In part 1 we’ll look at turning points off based on mesh normals. In part 2 we’ll look at setting point Ids based on...

MASH API Examples

Maya 2017 Update 3 includes a new API to help quickly create MASH networks with Python. Below are 4 examples that will hopefully get you started. To use them, copy and paste the Python into the Script Editor, and then run the script. Python import MASH.api as mapi...

Maya Tip: In View Messages

Maya 2014 added some helpful in-view messages to aid users, here’s an example of how they can be used: The built in messages are almost universally useless for professionals, however, if you’re a tool developer, you can make your own messages by using the...

Maya Tip: Select faces based on a map

I discovered this by accident today and it’s a real treat of a time saver. To select components based on a map simply do the following: 1. Double click on the Pain Selection Tool. 2. Scroll down to Attribute Maps and roll it out. 3. Open the Import roll out. 4....