Waves is a 3D map that
creates watery or wavy effects. It generates a number of spherical
wave centers and randomly distributes them over a sphere. You can
control the number of wave sets, the amplitude, and the speed of
the waves. This map works effectively as both a diffuse and bump
map at the same time. It can also be useful in combination with
an opacity map.
Waves map used for
the pool in the fountain
- Num Wave Sets
Specifies how many wave sets
are used in the pattern. Wave sets are groups of radially symmetrical
waves that originate from randomly computed points along the surface
of an imaginary sphere inside the object (a circle, in the case
of 2D wave distribution). For calm water, set this to a low number.
Use a high number for choppy water. Range= 1 to 50; Default=10.
- Wave Radius
Specifies the radius,
in 3ds Max Design units, of the imaginary sphere (3D distribution) or
circle (2D distribution) whose surface is the origin of each wave
set. A large radius produces large circular wave patterns, while
a small radius produces dense, smaller waves. Default=800.
- Wave Len Max and Wave Len Min
Define the interval used to
randomly chose each wave center. If these two values are close together,
the water appears more regular. If they're farther apart, the water
is less regular. Default Max=50.0; Default Min=5.0.
Adjusts the strength
and the depth of the waves by increasing the contrast between the
two colors. Default=1.0.
Shifts the wave pattern. Animate
this parameter to animate the motion of the pattern.
- Distribution 3D/2D
3D distributes the wave centers
on the surface of an imaginary sphere, affecting all sides of a
3D object. 2D distributes the wave in circles centered on the XY
plane, which is more appropriate for flat water surfaces such as
oceans and lakes.
- Random Number Seed
Provides a seed number to
generate the water pattern. The pattern changes with each seed,
but all other settings are maintained.
- Color #1 and #2
Click the color swatches to
change the colors used in the pattern. Use one color for the wave
troughs and the other for the wave peaks.
You can also click the
map buttons to replace one or both colors with a mapped pattern.
The check box enables or disables the map.