map to the Cutout component of an
& Design material,
Generic material, or an
Metal material, makes the material partially
transparent. Lighter (higher-value) areas of the map render as opaque;
darker areas render as transparent; and values in between are semi-transparent.
Setting the cutout map's
Amount to 100 applies all of the map. Transparent areas are fully
transparent. Setting the Amount to 0 is the equivalent of turning
the map off. Intermediate Amount values are blended with the Transparency
value on the Physical Qualities rollout. Transparent areas of the
map become more opaque.
The gray levels of
a cutout map determine the amount of transparency.
To use a cutout map:
- Click the Cutout map button.
Browser is displayed.
- Choose from the list of
types, and then click OK.
The Material is now at
the map level, and displays map controls.
(If you choose Bitmap
as the map type, you first see a file dialog that lets you choose
the image file.)
- Use the map controls to set up the map.
To remove a cutout map from a material:
TipYou can disable the
map without removing it. Simply turn off the toggle immediately
to the left of the map button on the Special Effects rollout.
- If the Material Editor is displaying
the map controls, click the
button to display the Material/Map Browser.
If the map controls aren't visible, click the Cutout map button
to display them, and then click the Type button.
- In the Browser, choose NONE as the map
type, and then click OK.
The map is removed.