NEW IN R18
Create From Projection
This command creates UVW tags faster than ever before. Neither does the BodyPaint 3D assistant have to be used nor is a Texture tag required in which a projection type must first be defined before a UVW tag can be created.
The Set from Projection command can be applied to any number of selected objects simultaneously. It can also modify existing UVW tags. Simply select the objects to which UVW tags should be assigned. If multiple UVW tags are on a single object, select the respective tag. If no tag is selected, a new tag will be created. The command can only be called up if the selected object is a polygon object, i.e., not a primitive, Generator, etc.
Several of the options below should be familiar to you from the UV Manager’s Projection tab. They work similarly.
If a new UVW tag is created (none are selected when the command is called up; if UVW tags are selected (multiple selection), these will not be renamed or locked: see next option), its name can be defined here. This name will be displayed in the Base tab.
The UVW tag that is created will be locked after it’s been created to prevent it from being modified inadvertently.
Enabling this option will re-project selected UV polygons. This wil only be done for selected UVW tags. If this option is disabled, the complete object will be included.
These work like the projection types in the UV Manager (see also Projection). For most projection types, several additional settings are available, which are described below, such as the orientation of the projection. The Frontal option is somewhat different in that the projection is dependent on the active camera and the aspect ratio defined for rendering.
If this option is enabled, the command will not only affect all selected objects but will also affect all Child objects. This means that you don’t have to select the entire hierarchy in advance to assign a UVW tag to each Child object.
These options define the space (or the bounding box, see Fit to Selection) in which the projection should be made for multiple objects: should the UV space (0-1) cover all objects or only individual objects?
Internally, a bounding box will be created for the object for projection (comparable to the preview shown when Texture and Enable Axis modes are activated simultaneously in the Tools menu. If the Fit to Selection option is enabled, the bounding box will only be placed around the selected polygons (otherwise around the entire object):
The projection orientation is important for many projection types. Again, imagine a bounding box around the object. It can be oriented in one of the following ways: