Texture Color and Diffuse

Texture Color and Diffuse

Maya 8.0 Tutorial


How to Add Color and Diffuse to Object Texture in Maya



The Color and Diffuse channels are available with all the Maya shaders. 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 shader. Color and Diffuse channels also apply to Anisotropic, Blinn or Phong shaders.


Step One

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

Step Two

The new Lambert shader 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, choose Normal and click the File icon.

Step Five

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 (more sensitive) and black makes it darker (less sensitive).

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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