Texture Color and Diffuse

Texture Color and Diffuse

Maya 2012 Tutorial


How to Control Texture Color and Diffuse in Maya



The color and diffuse channels are available with all the Maya textures. As the name implies, color sets the texture, color or pattern. It can be a solid color specified by the color wheel or an image from Photoshop. In this example we will use a Lambert surface material. Color and diffuse channels also apply to Anisotropic, Blinn or Phong textures.


Step One

Open a scene with an object. Right click the object and choose Assign New Material > Lambert.

Step Two

The new Lambert texture panel opens in the Attribute Editor. To change the color, click the color rectangle and pick a color using the color wheel.

Step Three

To assign an image to the color channel, first create an image with your digital camera or in Photoshop. Save the image as a jpg or tif and save it in your project's sourceimages folder. To assign the image click the checker-box next to the color slider.

Step Four

In the Create Render Node - 2D section, right-click the File icon and choose Create Texture. This creates a file texture that is UV mapped to the object.

Step Five

Click the folder icon in the Attribute Editor and go to the sourceimages folder and choose your texture.

Step Six

The diffuse section controls how sensitive the material is to light. If you assign a grayscale image, white makes the texture color lighter and black makes it darker.

Previewing Textures

You can preview your textures by selecting a view and pressing the 6 key. Complex textures are built using color and grayscale maps with multiple channels (i.e., color, diffuse, reflection and bump).


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