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Dan Fredley
Modeling and Shading A Ribbon with Arrowhead
on Sep 1, 2010 at 4:07:31 pm

Here is a movie reference to my question:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/234493/CreativeCow/A049_C006_0830P0_SmartMeter_v002...

There are several things wrong with this shot, but the two I want to focus on are the modeling and shading issues with the arrowhead.

1) If you step through the shot, you can see a distinct line between the arrowhead and the ribbon--how do I connect these smoothly?

2) Also, you can see the arrowhead has the same material as the ribbon, but the shading is going in a direction perpendicular to the ribbon and it is also condensed. How do I change it so the shading is continuous between the two pieces?

The ribbon is a sweep nurbs object and the arrowhead is a spline wrap.

Thanks.

Dan Fredley


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Adam Trachtenberg
Re: Modeling and Shading A Ribbon with Arrowhead
on Sep 1, 2010 at 5:26:58 pm

To me the easiest way to do with would be to make the arrow a single object and spline wrap the whole thing.


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Dan Fredley
Re: Modeling and Shading A Ribbon with Arrowhead
on Sep 2, 2010 at 7:06:50 am

That worked great--thanks.


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Tim Shetz
Re: Modeling and Shading A Ribbon with Arrowhead
on Sep 1, 2010 at 5:49:54 pm

I have a tutorial showing how to do it with expresso:

http://www.c4dtraining.com/blog/?p=408



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