Baking material gradient into separated colours

On 25/08/2018 at 11:02, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hi guys!

I am very new here, and any tips are welcomed.

Also I would like to thank Merk Vilson for referring me this forum.

I am trying to link some gradient nodes to index in xpresso.

Do you think is possible to bake a coloured gradient as separated colour nodes to its child objects?

I started with cloner and shader effector but wanted to bake it to rearrange the objects manually.

Now I know that I can link some gradient properties using xpresso, but at the same time,
when we change the gradient or load other preset with a different number os nodes, it mess the setup.

Any ideas, please?

Thank you,


On 27/08/2018 at 06:08, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hi Fabs3D, first of all welcome in the plugincafe community!

I'm terribly sorry but I'm not sure to fully understand what you really want to achieve.
"I am trying to link some gradient nodes to index in xpresso."
What is index in xpresso? What is gradient node? A Constant node set to gradient?
 Maybe post some pictures of what you want to link from to what.


On 31/08/2018 at 05:24, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hi Maxime,

Thanks for your welcome message and reply.

I will try to post a couple of screenshots and explain better my experiment.

There are two starting points there might lead to similar answers:
1- Using a color shader applied to a cloner object which would generate indexed clones to be baked into individual colours later. I dont think is possible to bake a color shader when making an object editable. At least I didnt find any reasonable answer on internet.
The main reason I am trying to do that is to avoid using many different materials. I was working on a color chart for fabric samples, and had to arrange the objects but keeping their mappings.

Unfortunately, I missed the rest of text when tried to post this reply.
But I was saying the in this current setup, I am using a color shader but when move the clones, it mess up the mapping, shifting the colors.

On the second option below:

2- We can use a gradient straight into the color slot of a material, and the idea would be to link the gradient.color nodes into separate colors to the baked childs (or clones).

But even this solution needs to be baked into separate materials to the respective child objects.

I hope it makes more clear now, and please let me know if you have any ideas.

Many thanks and regards,