Creating a Mirror

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add a mirror to a mechanism in Vortex® Studio Editor.

This tutorial is based on a 3ds Max model seen in the first step, below.

Detach mirrorIn 3ds Max, detach the mirror surface from the rest of the geometry.

Unwrap UVIn 3ds Max, the mirror surface geometry requires a new UV Unwrap.
The unwrap needs to occupy the full 0 to 1 UV space.

Export the modelStill in 3ds Max, export the model to .DAE (OpenCOLLADA) file and load it into the Graphics Gallery.

Apply new material/textureIn Vortex Studio Editor, apply a new material to the mirror surface and apply a texture of your choosing to the Emission slot.

Load the Graphics GalleryCreate a new mechanism and load the Graphics Gallery from earlier.

Create a mirror extensionSelect Cameras in the Toolbox, and then select Mirror as the name.
Double-click it or drag it to the desired location in the Explorer panel to add it.

Load textureLoad the exact texture into the mechanism (the same texture you previously loaded into the Graphics Gallery).

Select texture targetSelect the mirror extension in the Explorer panel. In its resulting Properties panel, select the texture that you imported in the previous step as the Texture Target.

Move mirrorAt this point, you should have a working mirror.
You can move the mirror around the viewport to change what appears reflected on the mirror geometry.

If the mirror belongs to a movable object in the scene (e.g., a vehicle), make sure to add a connection between the mirror and the mechanism in question so that they move together.