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The blog has been online for more than 4 years and there’s still not a single post even remotely related to the delicious brew called coffee… Perhaps it will someday, but in the meantime you can read the articles about Softimage. Most of the material are tutorials and Q&As I’ve written for 3D World Magazine sometime between today and 2003. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate sending me an email.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Leaving Footprints in the Snow

Step 1
The snow surface
From the Get > Primitive > Polygon Mesh menu chose Grid. In the PPG set the U Length to 20, the V Length to 10 and change the U Subdivisions to 100 and the V to 50. Next, add a Randomize operator from the Modify > Deform menu. In the PPG, set the X,Y and Z Displacement 0.1 and the Repetitions to 15. From the Modify > Deform menu, chose Smooth. In the PPG, set the Strength to 5.

Step 2
Adding a texturemap
Now, from the Get > Property > Texture Map menu chose Texture Map. Click the New button to load a new Clip and chose the lt_foot.pic sequence from this issues CD. In the UV Property section click the New button and chose Planar XZ. Next, Click the Edit button in the Clip section. Scroll down to the Time Control, switch to the Extrapolation Tab and set the Extrapolation After Hold to 100.
Step 3
The footprints
From the Modify > Deform menu chose Push. Set the amplitude -0.2 and click the connection icon. Chose Connect and pick the Texture_Map from the explorer. Select the texture support in any viewport and scale it down and position it where you want to place the footprint. Repeat step 2 and 3 and use the Start Offset under the Time Control tab to offset each footprint in time.

The project files used in this tutorial can be found at:


DaveP said...


Nice tutorial.

The download link is no longer working, do you still have it?

Ola Madsen said...

wow, that's and old tutorial.... but after a lot of digging I've managed to find the old project files. Send me an email and i'll send it to you.

Ola Madsen said...

btw, the blog have moved to so any new material will be posted there...