Todays quicktip is another one that surprised me that some people didn’t know. As with all the quicktips they are based around recent 3ds Max customer visits.
Did you know you can drag and drop one colour from the swatch to another? The process is simple, select the relevant colour swatch you want to utilise, and left-click and hold. Drag this into the new colour swatch.
This will then display the below ‘Copy or Swap Colors’ floating dialogue. Choose the appropriate option.
Voila! you have now successfully swapped or copied the colours from one swatch to another. Of course you may be asking why would you want to swop them? As an example, I will generally do this when working with 'procedural’ maps (noise/speckle/etc.) that I want to use for cut-outs or bump maps. When working with these I will often flip the colours to see the best result, or because I simply applied them the wrong way round. This simple tip makes it quicker when working with colour swatches in 3ds Max.
To make this process easier you also the ability to store colours for future use. We will be looking at this process in an upcoming quicktip, so keep an eye out for it.