Create Layers

Here are all ways to create layers, create geometry, create particles and create modifiers listed.

A composition in Smode is a stack of layers. Here are the different ways to create such layers. A layer can be a 2D Generator The part of a 2D layer that generates the image Read More , a 3D Generator The 3d generator of a 3D Layer represents a source of geometry. Read More , a 2D Modifier Modify a 2D image Read More , a 3D Modifier Modify a 3D geometry Read More , a Layer mask Turn any 2D generator into a mask Read More or a 3D Mask 3D masks enable selecting 3D vertices based on their different attributes such as position, color and texture coordinate. Read More , as well as a 3D Renderer Displays a 3D geometry Read More or a 2D Renderer Allow to actually display a 2D Layer Read More or Specials Layers. Well anything.

Create with the instantiator

[CTRL] + [Spacebar] to go directly to the instantiator when focused on the Element Tree The hierarchical view of documents in Smode Read More

It is possible to create a layer by typing a part of its internal name in the element creation box.
This is quite useful to search Elements and then create them directly. The instantiator search bar also work with presets.
Once the element you want to instantiate appear in the pop-up, just select it with the arrow keys and press [Enter] to create it at current level (or as a children) of the selected element. Note that all presets are also accessible through this editor once you activated them inside of the Standard Pack Here are some presets and media files you may find useful Read More :

Drag file and drop into composition

In order to import a Image Layer This generator loads a still image and displays it. Read More , a 3D File External referenced 3D file (.fbx, .obj or .blend) Read More or a 3D File External referenced 3D file (.fbx, .obj or .blend) Read More , or to import any 3D File External referenced 3D file (.fbx, .obj or .blend) Read More simply drag your file from the file tree and drop it inside of the Element Tree The hierarchical view of documents in Smode Read More :


You can also import 2D Modifier Modify a 2D image Read More such as ISF Modifier Modify a Composition with an Interactive Shader Format (ISF) modifier Read More or Color Lookup Table Modify colors using a Color Lookup Table file Read More :

Create layer by duplication

Layers can be created by selecting an existing layer and by duplicating it:
-Keyboard method Select an existing layer and press Ctrl+D to duplicate it
-Drag and drop method Select an existing layer and drop it at the destination place by keeping the Ctrl key down
Note that if you specified an explicit label on the duplicated layer, both methods will auto-increment the name to keep unique names:


Go check the Element Tree The hierarchical view of documents in Smode Read More part of the documentation for more info on file manipulations.

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