Animating the Material Operation

Many 3D Canvas Operations can have their effect animated. If an operation supports UpdateButton-Operation-Update.gif (515 bytes) on the Object Layers Panel, the Operation Adjust Tool Button-Toolbar-OperationAdjustTool.gif (912 bytes), or Parameters on the Object Layers Panel, it can be animated.

What follows is an explanation of how to animate a Operation-Fill.gif (535 bytes) Material Fill Operation.

bullet Drag and Drop an object on to the scene.

In this example I have chosen a sofa which is available for download on the Amabilis Media Downloads page.

TutorialPsychedelicSofa 1.jpg (23822 bytes)
bullet Show the Animation Toolbar using the View Menu.

Switch to Animation Mode by selecting Button-Animation-Animate.gif (1005 bytes).

Select a texture from the Texture Library.

Select the object.

Apply a Material Fill Operation  to the object by clicking Operation-Fill.gif (535 bytes) on the Object Operations Panel. In this example we used a Flat Texture Wrap.


TutorialPsychedelicSofa 2.jpg (26875 bytes)
bullet Now move to time 10 with the animation slider.

Select the Button-Operation-Update.gif (515 bytes) Operation Adjust tool from the Edit Toolbar.

Select the object.

Click and drag on an axis of the Edit Control.

We now have an animated texture that rotates around the object.

Press play Button-Play.gif (908 bytes) to preview the animation or download the sample animation (460k).

TutorialPsychedelicSofa 3.jpg (26563 bytes)

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