Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the tools?
2. How do the RealTexture Tools differ from other texture software packages?
3. What are the tools supporting realistic pattern generation?
4. Will AutoTile work with non-photographic images?
5. How much 'art' is required to make texture patterns with the RealTexture Tools, versus how much is automated?
6. When will the RealTexture Tools be available?
7. I have a problem installing RealTexture Tools or Tiling Kit into Photoshop 5.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the tools?

The RealTexture Tools are a set of software plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop that facilitate making texture patterns that tile seamlessly. The plug-ins have been developed for the PC version of Photoshop; we are looking at porting them to the One of the tools is for generating synthetic patterns, and the rest are for deriving patterns from images.

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How do the RealTexture Tools differ from other texture software packages?

Our tools mainly support making realistic textures from images, although we include a synthesis tool for completeness. Nearly every other texture package on the market is aimed entirely at pattern synthesis from random numbers or from user drawings. We have discovered that patterns derived from photos using are tools often have must greater realism and consequently greater impact.

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What are the tools supporting realistic pattern generation?

There are four main tools: Dehaze, Color Correction, AutoTile and Perspective. The De-Haze tool removes atmospheric haze effects from color photographs. This is mainly used with aerial photography and satellite imagery to recover the underlying colors and contrasts of the surfaces. Texture patterns for simulation should not have haze effects in the patterns because the simulator will add the haze effects separately.

The Color Correction tool is used to change colors in an image to match real-world colors. The tool includes a large library of colors determined by accurately measuring real-world objects. Classes of colors in an image are re-mapped to the real-world colors selected by the user.

The AutoTile tool starts with a large non-repeating image and derives a smaller texture pattern from the image. The smaller texture pattern tiles seamlessly. The process is remarkably reliable, but there are controls to adapt the tiling algorithm for special situations.

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Will AutoTile work with non-photographic images?

Yes, it will work with synthesized and hand-painted images. For example, Adobe's Texturemaker is one of the most powerful synthetic texture generators, but it does not produce textures that tile seamlessly. Our AutoTile Tool will derive a seamless pattern from a Texturemaker pattern.

The fourth tool for working with realistic images is the Perspective Tool. The Perspective Tool corrects slight angles and straightens out lines that should be parallel. To make a proper texture pattern, the photograph should always be taken perpendicular to the subject at a range far enough away so that all physically parallel lines appear parallel in the image. When this is not possible, the photographer can take the picture from a less desireable position, and straighten it out later with the Perspective Tool.

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How much 'art' is required to make texture patterns with the RealTexture Tools, versus how much is automated?

The difficulty varies case-by-case. If an image has a jumble of fine detail, it is generally easy to convert to a seamless pattern using the tools. However, imagine trying to convert an image of a sunset into a texture pattern. Tiling the image left-to-right might not be too difficult, but it would be impossible to match blue sky at the top with orange at the bottom to make a seamless pattern. Even if the pattern tiles easily, the result may not be pleasing. If a pattern of mostly-dark stones has one bright white stone, the tiled pattern will show an obvious grid of white dots. Unless an artistic effect is desired from the grid of white dots, the evident regularity is likely to be unacceptable. There are techniques for curing these problems using the tools in Photoshop along with the CGSD tools. A comprehensive illustrated manual is provided to teach you the techniques you will need to build even difficult texture patterns.

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When will the RealTexture Tools be available?

The product is now available. The RealTexture Tools Professional Edition includes all five RealTexture Tools, complete User's Guides, as well an extensive tutorial for creating high quality texture patterns in Photoshop using the RealTexture Tools. The RealTexture Tiling Kit includes the AutoTile, Perspective, and Synthesis Tools, as well as tutorials and User's Guides.

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I have a problem installing RealTexture Tools or Tiling Kit into Photoshop 5.0

When installing into Photoshop 5.0, the installation program places the RealTexture plug-ins into the "Plug-Ins" folder, which is correct if you are using Photoshop 3.0 or 4.0, but with the introduction of Photoshop 5.0, a new folder called "Filters" was added. Please follow these simple steps in installing RealTexture Tools and Tiling Kit into Photoshop 5.0

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