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Oh! After so many round of tutorials, I just realize the Toyota Rav 4 Car in the original 3ds has no side mirrors on one side.

 

In this tutorial, i will show you the technique to create another kind of object called Internal Object in Artlantis. This internal object will only exist within the atl file, just like Block in an AutoCAD file, and it has no stand alone file like aof Artlantis Object. This Internal Object technique can be applied to convert portion of the model into internal object and allow us to duplicate the side mirrors for this car.

 

Inside the tutorial, i will demonstrate also how to use the texture as the transparent map. This can help to improve the presentation of certain non-detailed polygons in the model.

 

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Applying Mirror Shader to the Side Mirrors

 

1. Open the Toyota Rav4'00.atl.

 

Note: For cemtech fans, you can go to Artlantis Studio tab to download the atl file.

 

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Note: Here to download the atl file.

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2. Switch to Perspective View, choose View 0_1 in the View List to focus on the side mirror 1 and side mirror 2.

 

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The intended area of side mirror 1 for mirror shader is at Default layer, so this problem shall be fixed. The intended area of side mirror 2 for mirror shader is at body layer, not correct also.

 

3. Switch to Shader Inspector, select Default layer first and then click Add Layer tool. This will create a new layer and use the same shader of the Default layer.

 

Note: Add Layer Tool.

 

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What is the shader of the Default layer, anywhere? Artlantis Tutorial Download | Cemtech Training Center Puchong, Selangor Melaka

 

When no shader is specified, it is actually equivalent to a Basic Shader. Artlantis Tutorial Download | Cemtech Training Center Puchong, Selangor Melaka

 

4. Name the new layer as Mirror 1.

 

5. Repeat the same steps 3-4 to create another layer called Mirror 2.

 

6. Use Polygon Selection Tool to transfer the faces to respective layer.

 

Note: I paint both shaders to different colors to let you differentiate.

 

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7. Apply Mirror shader to these 2 layers.

 

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Note: Layers after applying mirror shader.

 

 

Note: Result in Preview Window is not so good. If we have border or something around the mirror can improve the situation a bit.

 

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Using Texture as Transparent Map

 

You will use a texture to act as a Transparent Map. Our intention is to put in the Transparent Map to the layer. For the black area of texture map, make it as transparent so that mirror shader can be seen,  whereas for the white area of texture map, make it as the borders of the mirror.

 

1. In the View List, click Add Texture tool and choose Transparentmap.jpg.

 

Note: Add Texture Tool.

 

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Note: Transparentmap.jpg.

 

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2. Make sure you select the Transparentmap.jpg in the View List, and patiently look for the blinking icon. This represents where the jpg located. It may be very far away for the mirror. You need to be patience to find the treasure.

 

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3. Let's resize the texture as shown below.

 

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4. Let's set the texture to be transparent map. Those black area of texture will act as transparent allowing mirror shader to be seen. Those white area of texture will ask border for the mirror.

 

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5. Repeat the same steps for Side Mirror 2.

 

Note: The layers after adding textures.

 

 

Creating Internal Object

 

Before making the side mirror 1 and side mirror 2 as internal objects, you need to navigate your camera to a view that can see three parts - mirror, holder and handler portion. If not, you will be impossible to do polygon selection for the Internal Object Creation.

 

1. Switch to Object Inspector.

 

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2. In the View List, click Activate Polygon Selection tool (see 1), then choose Magic tool (see 2) as Selection Method. Followed by clicking the mirror, holder, handler parts.

 

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Note: When the polygon is selected, it turned to white. If your camera view is not in good position, it is not possible to select the three parts.

 

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3. Click "Create Object from current selection" Tool (see 3).

 

Note: A dialog box prompting you for the option Internal Object or Artlantis Object aof, and which layer to store the object.

 

4. In the Name textbox, type Side Mirror 1.  Choose Internal Object option button. Choose Objects layer to store this object. Finally click OK.

 

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Note:An item called Side Mirror 1_1 is created and listed in the View List.

 

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Note: In Preview Window, the side mirror has blue dot now to indicate it is an Internal Object.

 

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Duplicating Internal Object

 

Now, you have made the existing side mirror to Internal Object. You can duplicate it for the opposite of side mirror.

 

1. Still in Object Inspector, in the View List, right-click the Side Mirror 1_1 to display shortcut menu, and choose Duplicate.

 

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Note: This produces the Side Mirror 1_2 object. Remember that the 2nd object is sit on the same position.

 

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2. Repeat the creating and duplicating internal object steps for Side Mirror 2.

 

Note: Result in the View List after duplicating Side Mirror 2.

 

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Positioning Internal Object

 

Well. We come to the final step, i.e. to move and position both internal objects i.e. Side Mirror 1_2 and Side Mirror 2_2 to the opposite of the side mirror. You need a command like Mirror in AutoCAD, and another command like Rotate in AutoCAD, to do that.

 

1. Switch to Object Inspector, ensure Side Mirror 1_2 is selected in the View List.

 

2. Under the Dimension, ensure Keep Proportions is unchecked. Put '-' infront of Y dimension.

 

Note: Only mirror the object at Y Axis.

 

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Note: Side Mirror 1_2 is being mirrored.

 

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3. Choose Side Mirror 2_2, and do the same step as above.

 

Note: Side Mirror 2_2 is being mirrored.

 

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4. In the View List, select Side Mirror 1_2 .

 

5. In the 2D View Window, holding the SHIFT key to force the movement in orthogonal directions. Drag the object to the opposite.

 

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6. Repeat the same process for Side Mirror 2_2.

 

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Thanks for reading my tutorial. I hope this tutorial can help you.

 

For non-fan, If you wish to download the files for practice, please join us as fan and go to Artlantis Studio tab to down.

 

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