Colors & Grooves

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Section Overview

 

The Colors & Grooves section of the Wood Lab specifies how the rings pattern (controlled in the previous section) is colored to make the base wood texture.

 

 

 

Properties

 

A number of this section's properties are found within a yellow box labeled "Select Rings."  These properties affect how the wood rings are selected for coloring, as described below.

 

 

Property

Description

Color 1

The first of two colors used to color the rings.  Click the "Color..." button at the far right of this property to select the desired color.

Color 2

The second of two colors used to color the rings.

Groove Depth

This property carves grooves into the wood.  The greater this value is (or smaller, in the case of negative values) the deeper the grooves.  Negative values will also result in grooves, but in the opposite direction.

Scale

Affects the properties within the yellow box that is labeled "Select Rings."  It will scale those properties in or out.  Properties such as Fade Areas, Streak Away, or Dissolve will need to be turned high before the effects of the Scale property can be seen.

Seed

This property will re-randomize the effects of the other properties within the "Select Rings" box.  Properties such as Fade Areas, Streak Away, or Dissolve will need to be turned high before the effects of the Seed property can be seen.

Ring Frequency

Determines how many of the rings will be colored.  If set to "Full," all rings will be colored.  If set to "Half," then only every other ring will be colored, causing the wood rings to appear less dense.  If "Quarter" is selected, then only one in four rings will be colored.

Ring Phase

Changes the positions of the rings.

Ring Slant

This property affects the transition between two adjacent rings.  If set to zero, then Color 1 will smoothly blend into Color 2, which will then smoothly blend back into Color 1, as one ring turns into the next.  If you increase Ring Slant, then Color 1 will still blend to Color 2, but will then snap back to Color 1 quickly instead of having a gradual transition.  Negative values will have a similar effect, but in the opposite direction.

Ring Bias

Affects the thickness of the rings.

Ring Definition

Controls how clearly defined the rings will be.  Increasing this property creates sharper transitions between adjacent rings.

Fade Areas

Increasing this property will cause the rings to fade away in certain areas.

Streak Away

Causes rings to fade away in a streaky pattern.

Dissolve

Fades rings away in a speckled pattern.

 

 


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