Maya: Paint Effects Daisy Tutorial


Paint a flower petal with an alpha channel. Save as a TIFF file in your Maya scene directory. Do the same for a leaf. They both should be oriented like this image with a few pixels below in the alpha channel. (This fixes a rendering issue with quadratic sampeling.)

Select the Modeling section of Maya,  choose from upper left, status line.

Select Generate->Paint Effects Tool
Draw a simple stroke in the Persp View

In the Attribute Editor, select the third tab named brush2
     Change Brush Type to Mesh
Under Brush Profile
     Brush Width 0
     Softness 0
Under Illumination
     Check Illuminated
Up Under Mesh
     Check Per pixel Lighting
     Check End Caps
Under Tubes (Most options are under tubes.)
    Check Tubes
Up Under Shading
     Change Color 1 to green
Tube Shading
    Change Color 2 to light green, this is the top of the stem color.
Shadow Effects  Check Cast Shadows (Will not work for raytrace shadows, only shadow map.

Creation (within tubes)
     Tubes per step 1  (This number will vary depending on your original curve length.)
     Segments 30
     Length Max 3
     Tube Width 1   .015  (base)
Width Scale
     Elevation Min 1
     Elevation Max 1
Under Growth
     Check Branches
     Check Leaves
     Check Flowers
     Check Buds
Under Branches
     Split Twist .25
Under Leaves
     Leaf bend -.5
     Leaf Twirl 1
    Uncheck Leaf Use branch Tex
     Image Name Select the folder icon to find the leaf you made in Photoshop.
     Petals in Flower 10 (You can always input a higer value than the slider.)
     Num Flowers 1
     Petal Twirl .1
     Make Petal Color 1 and 2  value 1 white
     Uncheck Flower use Branch Tex
     Image Name  Select the folder icon to find the flower you made in Photoshop.
Save your file
     Under Turbulence
          Turbulence Type  Tree Wind

Play the animation

Render Settings renderbutton.jpg
     Under Maya Software Tab
         Under Paint Effects Rendering options
               Check Oversample

Select Generate->Get Brush... 
Under FlowersMesh select Tiger.mel
Draw a prefab flower.

To reset the brush: Generate -> Reset Template Brush

Use the curve to move the flowers around the scene, check Windows->General Editors-> Hypergraph: Hierarchy window to find the curve.

Note: Mental Ray and Arnold will not render Maya Paint Effects. Use Modify->Convert->Paint Effects to Polygons->
Select Quad output.
The paints Effects history still controls the poly flowers, use the history to modify.

When rendering with Arnold, you will need to create a new shader for the leaves and the petals.
You will need to use the aiStandard Surface Shader. Find this Material under the Arnold Shader node in the Hypershade window.
Select the petals
Check off Opaque under the Arnold drop-down in the Attribute Editor
Use the right mouse key over one of the shader balls to bring up the marking menu, select Assign Material to Selection
Under Base, click the Map Button map_button.jpg across from Color.
Under the Create Render Node window:
Click File and add the petal TIFF file that you used on your Brush
Under Specular
, set IOR (Index of Refraction) to 1
Under Transmission set Weight to 0
Under Geometry,
click the Map Button map_button.jpg across from Opacity.
Under the Create Render Node window:
Click File and add a TIFF file with the alpha channel of the petal used on your Brush.

Do this same procedure for the Leaf.