Beyond the lesson

In this lesson you were introduced to a few of the basic techniques required to assign and accurately position texture maps on polygonal models using UV texture coordinates:

You can open the PSD file you used in this lesson using Adobe® Photoshop® to learn how layers were used for the texture map. You can edit one or more of the layers to experiment with how the texture can be modified. After you modify and save the file in Photoshop®, remember to select Image > Update PSD Network in the UV Texture Editor so the texture map gets updated on the model in the Maya scene.

If you would like to learn how to render an image of the cracker box model see the Rendering chapter of this guide as well as the Maya Help to learn more about lighting, shading, and rendering.

This lesson used a simple polygonal model to introduce the fundamental concepts. When you work with more complex polygonal and subdivision surface models, you can also:

In general, you should begin texturing a model only after the model is fully complete. Otherwise, changes to the model may affect the associated UV texture coordinates which in turn will affect how the texture appears on the model.

In this lesson you matched the UVs to an existing texture image. Many texture artists create good UV layouts for their models prior to creating the actual 2D images for their texture maps. This is done only after the model is fully complete.

You can export a bitmap image of the 2D view of the UV Texture Editor to use as a guide for painting a texture in your favorite image creation software. In the UV Texture Editor, select Polygons > UV Snapshot to export the image.

If you use Adobe® Photoshop® for image creation and editing you can create a UV snapshot in a .PSD file format that creates the UV image on a separate layer. To create the .PSD format file while working in the UV Texture Editor, select Image > Create PSD Network.

If you want to learn more about a particular tool or feature that was used in this lesson, please refer to the Maya Help.