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[3DS MAX] Texturing curved roads


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Texturing curved roads


Ever had problems with texturing curved roads? Well, this tutorial will show you how to do it in no time!

Attention: this isn't the only way to texture curved roads, this is only my method.


Let's go, step by step:


1. Firstly, you'll need a curved road. I made a quick one, it's a basic rectangular curvy line.

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2. Apply your texture to the road.

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3. From modifier list, choose UVW Map.

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4. In the parameters, choose Face mapping.

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5. After that, from Modifier list (again), choose UVW Xform.

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6. In its (UVW Xform's) mapping parameters, set the rotation to 90.

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And that's it! This is how it should look, all nice and sweet, no seams or bugs:

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7. As last step, just collapse UVW Map and UVW Xform to the object, and it's all ready.

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And that's it! You have a nicely textured curved road.



However, you may face one single problem while using this method.

That problem is shown on the first picture below - as you can see, one part of the road is textured improperly - the texture is stretched.

On the second picture you can see properly textured part of the road, just for comparation.

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This is because my road isn't same on every part - on one part of the road I have 1 polygon, on second (where it's curved) 10 etc. On the part where are more polygons, the texture is tiled smaller, while it's stretched on long surfaces with small number of polygons.


How to fix it?


1. As shown on first picture below, select the part of the road that is problematic.


2. Do the whole process again (only for the selected part of road):

UVW Mapping -> Face mapping

UVW Xform -> Set rotation to 90


And then, in mapping parameters, adjust V tile (the one that affects your texture's vertical stretching over the road) until you're pleased with your configuration, as shown in second picture.

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You can repeat the same thing for other parts of your road, if needed, until it looks the way you want it.


Hope it helps, cheers. smile.gif





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Big grandma's cookies for you, my friend! I liked the tutorial very much! I had that problem while ago and I couldn't find a solution (didn't search much actually, I just like to give up on everything)... So, thank you! smile.gif Awesome tutotiral. tounge.gif


Here is your promised (crunchy) cookie:


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Over 9000 internets to you for sharing this, my friend. It could also work on other objects too.


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  • 4 months later...

an even easier method in 3Dmax is Sweep.


1 draw a line (spline) in the middle of the road

2 apply the Sweep modifier. You can use a number of default shapes or draw a shape (spline) yourself. For a (european) road I would use the pre-fab shape of a bar (rectangle) and use 3,5m per lane.

3 CHECK the Gen. Mapping Coords. box!!!!

4 possibly you need to also apply the UVW Xform modifier


I wanted to mention this method because it can be very useful on building bridges because you can draw the cross section or profile and then sweep it. I hop you can figure it out as I don't have screens....


try it, you'll love it smile.gif



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i liked the tutorial too . experienced modders don't know how much newbie modders need that kind of stuff . thx !!

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