Arroway Textures is a supplier of high-res textures, which are used in many areas of digital visualization, e.g. architecture, design and art.
Arroway has made about 100 low-res versions of their textures available to IRender nXt users.
We have converted these into .Armaterial materials in the IRender nXt Libraries . Arroway is providing these sample textures in the hopes that you will like them well enough to purchase the hi-res versions.
You can create .ArMaterial files for IRender nXt using Arroway Textures. Each Texture set contains diffuse (normal color), bump, specular and opacity Iimage Maps which can be combined while rendering.
See: Arroway Web Site
Using Arroway Textures
Selecting the Image Maps
1. Load the Material Functions dialog from the toolbar. ( )
- Note this icon is not normally placed on the tool bar. You can use Customize Toolbar to put it on the toolbar, or else select Material Library from the Plugins/IRender nXt/IRender nXt menu in SketchUp.
2. Click Load from Library'
3. Navigate to the Arroway Samples page, select a texture and place it.
Sample Low-Res Arroway Textures
A sample set of low-res Arroway textures is also include in the IRender nXt.
These can be used to experiment with Arroway Textures until you are ready to purchase the full resolution versions.
Making Arroway Texture look better
Recently, we had this query on our forum:
- I recently bought all the Arroway materials. Some of the materials look good, and others look just OK. The interesting thing I noticed is that none of the renderings look anything like their demo scenes. I'm not sure if it's something in the settings or something they are doing in another program. But thought i would pose the question to you all at IRender. Is it possible to get a tutorial or YouTube video? I go through the create texture setup no prob and it assign settings...the finished rendered product just doesn't come out as photorealistic as advertised on their site.
Here is some information we provided:
Since you did not include any images, it is hard to know whether you are having a problem with resolution, or other aspects of the rendering such as reflections. Here are some guidelines.
Here is a rendering using a sample, low-res Arroway Wood texture, (Boards 002), from our library:
This image is fairly flat. So we will show some ways to improve it by adding lights and objects to the model to reflect.
Here is the Arroway sample image for this texture:
Here I zoomed in to get a view angle more like the Arroway sample. I also lowered the intensity of the sun, so that I would get more reflection from the sky.
We do not have the same high-resolution as in the Arroway sample image. But this is because I am using a low-resolution sample of the original Arroway texture.
If you are using the hi-res Arroway textures and not getting full resolution, make sure you have turned off the texture resolution on the Setup Wizard:
For this next image I used an HDRi sky, rather than just the sun and standard sky. This provides better reflections from the sky itself.
In this next scene, I kept the sun and sky, but rotated the entire scene so that there was more direct reflection from the sun.