CX 7 UV Map a box by Jean Probert« Previous Image Last page in History Next Image »
Artist's Comments: Heres a quick build and map of a precisely sized cereal-type box in Design 3D CX 7. Note that to create a properly structured box and UV map it takes less than a minute. If I were a better typist, it would have been faster yet. )
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Reynir Hauksson
07/29/2011 9:19:51 AM
This is definitely a feature I can use in my office! 
Jean Probert
07/28/2011 2:14:08 PM
7 is not yet available for purchase, but the new features are now being discussed (and shown.) See the forums here for more info. 
Reynir Hauksson
07/28/2011 2:07:52 PM
Wit a minute... CX7 is out???? 
Jean Probert
07/26/2011 4:47:41 PM
Dale, all I am doing with the inset operation in the UV editor is creating a control edge just inside the last edges of the fillet. These control edges set up 3 coplanar polygons on each face that keep the long faces coplanar when subdivision is applied. This is more often done by setting a center edge, and beveling it back toward the fillets, but the way I did it is faster and more controlled. You can export the image, or export the UV geometry, or send the model to Photoshop Extended, if you have a matched version of Photoshop. The image you export, for now, is not cropped at the UV canvas, so you have to manually set the crop at the edges of the UV canvas. 
07/26/2011 4:37:40 PM
Hi Jean. Iím not really sure what you were doing with the polys in the polygon editting session there, but it is a quick UV mapped box that is for sure. After you generate that UV map do you export it as an image for working with? 
Jean Probert
07/26/2011 1:25:47 PM
What was very frustrating for me when I bought my first expensive UV mapping app 10 or so years ago was that it cost a BUNCH, but did this task so poorly. This is one of my most frequently needed tasks, so I am delighted that D3D handles it so well. Clearly, you could generate a lot of boxes to populate a retail display very quickly with this approach. 
Mike Hopkins
07/26/2011 1:13:55 PM
This is very cool for folks like me that do package design and visualizations.