Mike Rankin demonstrates how to use the Magic Wand tool and the Sampler tool in Dimension CC to select specific portions of 3D objects and apply materials to those areas. He shows how to use tool options with the Magic Wand to get different selections, and how to use the Sampler tool to apply customized materials quickly and efficiently.
- [Instructor] Occasionally, you might need to apply materials or other formatting to just a portion of an object, depending on how that object was created, selecting the portion you want and applying the right formatting might be a challenge. Fortunately Dimension CC has two tools that can help; the magic wand tool, and the sampler tool, so let's see how they work. Starting from a fresh file here in Dimension CC, I'm going to add a model of a star from the assets panel, so I'll scroll all the way down to the bottom of the models, and click on the star to add it, and I want to rotate this star so it's facing me, so I'll take the select and rotate tool, and click and drag on the green widget to make the star face me, and I'll also click the button to fit the selection in the view.
Now, let's say that we wanted to make this star look like it was carved out of wood, so I'll go to my materials in the assets panel, and I'll scroll up, find the wood grain, and I'll click on this one here, which is American Cherry Wood, and let's also make that wood grain a little bit smaller, by going to the properties panel, and going all the way to the bottom where you see repeat, and I'll make sure that the little link icon is dark indicating that the x and y values are linked, and then drag on either the x or the y to increase the value of it.
I'll go to about one point five. Now, say that we were asked to make it look like some of the surfaces on the star were painted. If I click on the star with any of the select tools, like the select and move, I select the whole star, so instead I'm going to use the magic want tool to get just one of the surfaces that I want to cover with paint. So, I'll take the magic want tool, and notice there's an option slider up here at the top, that ranges from tiny all the way to large.
This control the area that you'll select when you click with the magic wand tool, so if I set it to tiny, and click, I get just one surface. If I drag the slider over to large, and click that same spot, I get the whole star. So, in this case, I want just one surface, so I'll drag the slider to tiny or small, and click, then to get the other surfaces that I want, I can either switch to the add to selection mode, right here, or I can use the keyboard shortcut which is shift, so holding the shift key, I'll click, and shift click, and shift click.
(pause) So now I have three surfaces, and in order to make these surfaces appear with their own formatting, I need to apply a separate material to them, so I'll go back to my materials in the assets panel, and apply that American Cherry Wood again, and I'll click on it right here in the list of recent materials. And now these selected surfaces that I grabbed with the magic wand tool appear in the scene panel as a separate item. Right here.
I'll double click it, and rename it paint, and then in Properties, I'll click on the base color, which is the image of American Cherry Wood, and then click on color, to get the color picker, and right away this black color is applied. I'll press return or enter to dismiss the color picker, and deselect. And that's an interesting effect, but what would look better is if I added more surfaces, so it looked like every other surface was painted. So, again I'll take the magic wand tool, click on the first surface that I want to add, and then hold shift, and click, and click again.
So I have three surfaces selected now, and with them selected, I'm going to take the sample tool; this lets me sample and apply materials, and then I'll just click on one of the black surfaces. Now I have six surfaces that look like they're painted with black, and they'll all act as one if I want to change their appearance. I'll deselect so you can see the current effect. If I select the star, and then the paint, I can click on the base color, and use the color picker to change it to something else, like maybe a nice blue color.
(pause) I'll press return or enter to dismiss the color picker, and deselect. So, in this movie we took a look at how to use the magic want tool, and the sampler tool, which can be extremely useful when you want to select and apply materials to specific parts of objects, in Dimension CC.