In a recent Tips and Tricks instalment we looked at how to use RailClone to easily add 100s of differently sized windows to a façade. In this video we'll extend that idea and add roller blinds to the windows. To make them easy to use, the blinds will use the same splines as the windows and will also have randomised "openness" properties to add some lifelike variety to your buildings.
By completing this tutorial you will be able to:
The exercise files for this tutorial includes the following .max scenes compatible with Max 2010 and includes materials for Mental Ray and V-Ray.
In the downloads for this tutorial you'll find the blind has already ben sliced into pieces ready to fit into an A2S array. Using the same slicing approach as seen in the window tutorial I've provided segments for the top left. the top right, the top, the default, and the bottom. The first thing to do is to add these to a basic array. To do this:
In this tutorial we illustrated how to create a parametric randomisable roller blind, but similar techniques could easily be used to add many other blind types. If you do this kind of work regularly you may find it beneficial to create a library of generic windows blinds, and curtains that can be easily re used or adapted for projects. If you're interested in learning how to create custom libraries for RailClone, check out the last chapter of our Next Steps with RailClone guide. Meanwhile, stay tuned for future training, or for more information about many aspects of RailClone's features please see our reference section or visit the tutorials page for more Tips&Tricks videos and in-depth tutorials.