Concept of Materials & Textures Mapping (UVs)

Texture mapping is a method for defining high frequency detail, surface texture, or color information on a computer-generated graphic or 3D model. It originally referred to diffuse mapping, a method that simply mapped pixels from a texture to a 3D surface ("wrapping" the image around the object). (wikipedia)

In other words, if you want to apply a materials which is composed of textures (Unlit-texture materials, PBR materials like our Realitistic materials library) your occurrences need to have a texture mapping (what they call UV Mapping in CAD concept). 

If your occurrence doesn't have a texture mapping, when applying a materials with textures, the software is going to take the first pixel of your texture and replicate it over all the surface of the occurrence.

To check if your occurrence(s) presents a texture mapping , you can use the override material "Checker" which shows the mapping with a numbered and colored checkerboard. 


If there isn't any texture mapping, you will see a greyish color on the surface. (below)


NOTE        You can automatically create materials & textures mapping on all the scene with just one click !

Materials & Textures Mapping (UVs) Projection Tool

In Pixyz Review, you have the possibility to create texture mapping with our tool. 

You need to activate it and to select one or several occurrence to apply a specific projection with a specific dimension. By default, if the materials applied on the occurrence selected is made of textures, the Materials & Textures Mapping tool is going to show you the preview of this material

WARNING with Preview

With materials composed of several textures (for instance PBR materials with Normal and Diffuse map), only the first Texture for now. Which means you will still need to "Apply To Selection" to see the final look.

UV Projection Mode

You can choose between different type of projection to apply texture mapping : Box, Plane, cylinder & sphere. Choose the projection that suit the best your occurrence. (for instance, if it's a tube, use a cylinder projection)

UV Mapping Size

By default, when selecting one occurrence, the projection is going to "Fit" it and apply a automatic dimension that suit your occurrence. If you want to adjust these dimensions, you can use the Gizmo handles to size your projection or put real values in "Length, Width & Height" cases.

The projection doesn't always have to be bigger than your occurrence

Using "Fit" functionality ensure that the projection is specific for your occurrence. But it's not mandatory. Sometimes, materials needs specific UV to get the perfect fit with the occurrence. For instance, our Realistic Materials are the best fit with 400x400x400 projection. The best way is to feel around for the best look and feel.

Flip Horizontal/Vertical

Allow to flip the texture mapping so your materials will be flipped as well. Useful when you just want to put a single picture (Unlit-texture) as a material on an occurrence.


It allows you to re-orient the projection according to the axis (X, Y, Z). Useful for cylinder, a bit less for the other projections. 

UV Channel  

(Advanced feature) UV Channel allows to have several texture mapping on a same 3D object, in order to keep the proportions of the different textures when enlarging the object.  

Show Checker 

Force to see the checker instead of the Texture's preview