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Chapter 11. Materials and Mapping: A Dif... > Other Productive Material Attributes

Other Productive Material Attributes

In this section, you learn a few useful material attributes that enable you to apply decal images to surfaces, create self-illuminating effects, apply animated maps, and finally, a new feature that enables you to select objects by their materials.

Decal materials are similar to the stick-on decals for model planes or cars or like the lick-and-stick tattoos you see around. A very important component is the alpha channel transparency information that allows the background material to show behind the decal.


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