Imported Image

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Overview

 

Allows the importation of a preexisting image into a texture.  This is especially useful for designers who already have a collection of seamless textures made in other packages that they wish to import into Genetica for further refinement.

 

When a texture using this node is saved, a copy of the imported image is automatically embedded into the resulting saved texture file.  The original format of the imported image is preserved.  Thus, if you import a space-guzzling tiff image, your saved texture file will increase considerably in size.  On the other hand, if you import an optimized jpeg image, your saved texture file will be smaller.

 

Note that the results of this node will be seamless only if the image selected to be imported is itself seamless.

 

 

 

Inputs

 

This node takes no inputs.

 

 

 

Properties

 

 

Property

Description

Size

Sets the width and height of an imaginary camera observing the imported image.  Increasing these values is like moving the camera farther away from the image, and will therefore cause it to repeat.

Location

Sets the X and Y coordinates of an imaginary camera observing the imported image.  Changing these values is equivalent to translating the image.

Force Square Ratio

Specifies whether a non-square imported image is forced to have a square aspect ratio.

Upsize Smoothing

In cases where the imported image is smaller than the rendered output, the image will be stretched to the new size, in which case it may become pixelated.  This property controls the smoothing technique used in these situations.

 

None

No smoothing is done.  The result may appear pixelated.

Linear

A linear transition is used between the center of each pixel.  This is a good choice for reducing the appearance of pixels while maintaining a fairly sharp image.

Cosine

A cosine-shaped transition is used between the center of each pixel.  This is an alternative to the Linear option.

Cubic

Creates very smooth transitions that completely eradicate the appearance of pixels.  However, the resulting image may appear a little blurry.

Import Image button

Click this button to select the image to be imported.

Clear button

Click this button to clear the selected image.

Resolution and Size indicators

These indicators, found in the Properties panel, will show the pixel resolution and memory requirements of the imported image.

 

 

 


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