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Paint with Smoke


Another jaw-dropping experiment by MikaaH - painting your objects with smoke!

MiikaH writes:

This week I've been working on "textured painting" for my Mesh Paint tool. Basically you can use object material/texture to define paint color and strength.

This works on both solid and volumetric materials. Texturing can be used to add some randomness to paint coverage or even better: to allow painting with smoke! You could make dirt clouds that affect environment etc.

Here's a short demo of smoke domain being used as textured "Paint" object. Painting with smoke.


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  1. Ouh, I can see some cases where this comes in real handy. If you use a smoke to simulate fire and the generated texture input from MiikaHs Patch as input for another particle emitters input. Or you use it to generate something like a 2D Fluid Solver for things like the trail of a boat driving through water.

  2. @Papasmurf, I'm not familiar with this Mesh Paint tool, but if it works with textures, you probably can also use a texture-node, add a desaturate-filter should do the trick.

  3. Gregzilla: from the developers descriptions, its a sequence of images.

    Johnj: There is painting with particles, its shown in other videos earlier.

    NoneSuch: the only one available I think is in youtube, which is in flash format.

    Great work from mikaah. Already said it in youtube, but worth praising here too.

  4. So this should make stuff like writing pencils very easy, right? :D

    How well does that work with particle system? (Paiting or removing or changing particles on the fly) - that would be cool for lawn movers and such :)

  5. Wow, a simple enough idea but really effective in the demo, and probably has a legion of uses not yet thought of. Great stuff.

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