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Texturing in Maya

Fitting the skin

To finish the texturing, we must move each of the UV maps in the texture editor to the top-right corner of UV space (where the texture image will be). Probably the hardest part about doing this is forgetting what each of the maps are. Select two faces of the gun:

Select two faces

The faces show up in the UV Texture Editor. You can now convert the selection to UVs and select all the UVs around that area in the editor.

The faces in the UV Texture Editor

Now you can move the UVs into position using the texture editor.

Positioning the UVs

However there's a problem. Don's original design has the black extrusions to the rear of the gun. Our perspective view now shows them towards the front:

UVs need flipping

To fix this, convert the selection to faces and choose a horizontal flip from the Flip UVs menu under Polygons in the texture editor.

UVs were flipped

After moving the UVs around you should be left with something like this:

Finished UVs

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Skinning from scratch

In this raygun example we had the original skin to work with. If we didn't have it we would have had to create the skin ourselves. In fact, you already know the techniques needed to do this. From the Polygons menu in the texture editor, select UV Snapshot. This enables you to write a UV mapping image which you can load into your favourite graphics package and use as a guide to create your skin.

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| intro | part 1: Assigning materials | part 2: Applying mappings | part 3: Mapping the rest of the gun | part 4: Fitting the skin |