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UV Pelt operates very similar to how a tanner creates a pelt. Cuts are made to the geometry to produce a surface topologically equivalent to a disc. The boundaries of this surface are connected to a frame and stretched out.
Any closed face can be used as a frame for the pelt. A circle is used if
no frame is specified. A hint polygon is used to specify which section
of the geometry to pelt after performing the cuts. The longest boundary of
the section containing the hint polygon is the one connected to the
frame. The frame is parameterized to the range
[0, 1). The boundary points
are spaced around the frame at distances in the frame’s parameterization
that are proportional to the edge length with the neighboring boundary
The effect of this operation is best visualized in the UV viewport, or with textures turned on in the 3D viewport.
Corresponds to distance on the geometry.
Corresponds to distance in UVW (texture) space.
Ignores the third dimension in texture space.
UV Pelt creates the UV vertex texture attribute if it does not already exist.
UV Pelt only operates on polygons. Other geometry type such as Bezier and NURBS surfaces can be converted to polygons using a Convert operation prior to applying UV Pelt.
Using UV Pelt
Click the UV Pelt tool on the Texture tab.
Select the edges that will form the boundary of the pelt.
You can easily select loops of edges using the Edge Loop tool.
Press Enter to unwrap your selection.
The name of the texture coordinate attribute to pelt, defaulting to
Edge Cut Group
Edges to cut.
Every edge is modeled as a spring. The points are placed to the position that minimizes the spring energy. The choice of Pelting Method affects the strength of individual springs.
Uses spring weights based on length of the edges and the areas of a the faces incident to the edge.
Uses unit weights except at boundary points. This means that every point is placed at the mass center of its neighbors. The mass of the boundary points is given by the spring parameter. The main advantage of this method is that it always guarantees a one-to-one parametrization (with no inverted triangles) for convex boundaries.
Uses a weight assignment scheme known as discrete harmonic method which minimizes angular distortion.
Create Output Group
Indicates a primitive group should be created for the polygons making up the the pelt.
Name of the primitive group to create.
Specifies the number of iterations of the algorithm for solving the UV positions.
The strength of the springs connecting the pelt boundary to the frame.
Specifies an attribute of the input geometry’s points that will be used to scale the strength of the springs connected to the point.
The primitive specifying which section of the geometry forms the pelt.
The primitive to use for the frame.
The attribute of the frame used for the U coordinate.
The attribute of the frame used for the V coordinate.
Indicates the UV coordinates should be moved to the ranges specified with U Range and V Range.
The location of the left and right edges, respectively, of the texture
The location of the bottom and top edges, respectively, of the texture
Specifies where on the frame to position the first boundary point (the boundary point closest to the hint polygon).
Specifies an attribute of the frame’s points that will guide the process of connecting boundary points to the frame.