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Accent wall texture

Anonymous
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Hi there Archicad lovers,

I am trying to create and place a stone stacked accent wall in my school project. So I am wondering if Archicad has some sort of "3D textures" I can apply to a wall where it actually shows the 3D details of the stones that are stacked. In other words not just a normal 2D texture.

here is an example of the wall I want to create: http://www.stonefeaturewalls.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/image9.jpg

I want to create these kind walls and be able to see the stones coming out.

Hope you guys understood what I wrote and can help.

Thank you!
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Karl Ottenstein
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There are a variety of stone surfaces (photo texture, as shown, for renders as well as corresponding 2D fill/hatch) in your library. One looks almost exactly like the stacked stone in your photo, as I recall.

Which version of AC are you using... presumably EDU but 17? 18?
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Anonymous
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Karl wrote:
There are a variety of stone surfaces (photo texture, as shown, for renders as well as corresponding 2D fill/hatch) in your library. One looks almost exactly like the stacked stone in your photo, as I recall.

Which version of AC are you using... presumably EDU but 17? 18?
I am using Archicad EDU 17. (I don't know if you've answered this yet) but will the stone texture show the stones actually poking out or will it only be 2D texture like a wallpaper?

Karl Ottenstein
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Pro wrote:
... will the stone texture show the stones actually poking out or will it only be 2D texture like a wallpaper?
In 17, the bump map will create shadows as if the stones are 3D... but the corners, or the face as viewed at an angle, will clearly be just a flat 'wallpaper' as you call it.

In 18, the CineRender engine can associate a displacement map with the stones to make them appear to be 3D.

If your camera position will be similar to the image you posted earlier, most people will not notice that the stones are not 3D though in my experience.
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Karl Ottenstein
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Here's a quickie with the CStone 01 texture on a wall in 17. The texture image is low res and not the best at closeups...but notice the perfectly vertical edge line at the wall edge to the right, typical for AC 17 and earlier...
ac17 cstone01.jpg
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Karl Ottenstein
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Here's a very quick image from 18 with a stone loaded from the library... and then modified to use the bump map image as a displacement image for the new CineRender engine.

Note the right edge of the wall here, the way it is irregular as if the material was 3D.
ac18 displacement.jpg
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Anonymous
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Karl wrote:
Here's a quickie with the CStone 01 texture on a wall in 17. The texture image is low res and not the best at closeups...but notice the perfectly vertical edge line at the wall edge to the right, typical for AC 17 and earlier...
Yes! That is exactly what I want. I just cannot seem to find it when I'm applying a texture to the wall. I have the EDU version could that be a reason why I cannot find it?

Karl Ottenstein
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Pro wrote:
Yes! That is exactly what I want. I just cannot seem to find it when I'm applying a texture to the wall. I have the EDU version could that be a reason why I cannot find it?
Localized (by country) versions have differing content. I'm not sure if EDU does as well.

Attached is a screenshot of the built-in US material shown in that image - "04 | CStone 01"... which oddly using the "CStone 07.jpg" texture rather than the "01" one. Oh well.

If you don't have that in default template, then click the Search button to see what other textures you do have. In the case of the US library, there is a "Cultured Stones 17" folder with a large number of stone textures such as this one. There is also a "Stone 17" folder, which I think might be what is available to all countries. Not sure.

The library has MANY more textures than the template has pre-built Surface Settings... so it is possible to create many more surfaces from those textures. Just find an existing Surface that is close in terms of illumination / shininess / etc .. and then duplicate it to retain those settings, then change the texture image, hatching, etc as needed. Finally, switch to the Lightworks settings at the top of the dialog (shows "Internal Engine" in my screenshot. ... and click the big button for 'match with internal Engine'. (If you do not do this last step, the OpenGL preview image will look completely different from the LW rendered image.)
stone textures in library.jpg
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