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Exporting meshes from 3ds max with transparent textures

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My artist has provided me with a few "x" meshes to test with including one with an alpha texture (bullet trail fading in to nothingness). Unfortunately, while the texture shows up on the mesh when displaying it, no alpha information seems to be being used (there is no transparent part). Do I need to make sure I have any specific render modes set for transparent textures from 3ds max to dispaly? My current render states looks like:
    m_pd3dDevice->SetTextureStageState( 0, D3DTSS_COLORARG1, D3DTA_TEXTURE );
    m_pd3dDevice->SetTextureStageState( 0, D3DTSS_COLORARG2, D3DTA_DIFFUSE );
    m_pd3dDevice->SetTextureStageState( 0, D3DTSS_COLOROP,   D3DTOP_MODULATE );
    m_pd3dDevice->SetTextureStageState( 0, D3DTSS_MINFILTER, D3DTEXF_LINEAR );
    m_pd3dDevice->SetTextureStageState( 0, D3DTSS_MAGFILTER, D3DTEXF_LINEAR );

    // Set miscellaneous render states

    m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_DITHERENABLE,   FALSE );
    m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_SPECULARENABLE, FALSE );
    m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_ZENABLE,        TRUE );
    m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_AMBIENT,        0x00444444 );

	m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_ALPHABLENDENABLE,   TRUE );
	m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_ALPHATESTENABLE,   TRUE );
	m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_SRCBLEND,  D3DBLEND_SRCALPHA );
	m_pd3dDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_DESTBLEND, D3DBLEND_INVSRCALPHA );

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Where are the alpha information stored? In the texture or in the material? Also, what exporter are you using? There seems to be nothing wrong with your texture and render states.

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From the artist:

Alpha was applied in the texture through a gradient.

She was using the default exporter (which upon further reading seems to not always export texture coordinates..another problem I'm having!).

I'm going to have her try with the panda exporter and see if it works better.

UPDATE: Got it working fine using 24-bit PNGs with an alpha channel. Thanks!


[edited by - onnel on September 14, 2002 2:53:43 PM]

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