Do I need a scanner to work with xTex?
There are different possibilities how you can work with xTex. If you need physically based textures of high quality our scanner is probably the best solution for you. But it is also possible to use our software with images from other devices, such as flatbed scanners or digital cameras. Then you will not get correct depth or reflectance information but you can still create and apply seamless materials very efficiently.
How can I purchase the xTex scanner?
Please call us or write us a message so we can send you sales information for your country. We do have special conditions for universities and resellers as well – please don't hesitate to ask.
Is it possible to rent the scanner?
Yes, it is. We also offer the scanner and software as a complete rental package. Please consider that the minimum rental period is 3 months.
Do you scan materials as a service?
Yes we do. Please have a look at the services section of our website.
Does the scanner work with any DSLR camera?
xTex uses the Nikon SDK. Thus it is not possible to connect any other camera but the supported models. We offer two different cameras together with xTex – Nikon D5200 and Nikon D810. Both Nikon D800 and D800E (predecessors of the D810) are supported as well.
What means "physically based" in the texture context?
The xTex scanner captures several images of a material in different lighting situations. Thus we derive a lot of information about the material surface, such as color, reflectance, roughness, surface orientation and transparency. The textures we are able to create from this information are physically based, in contrast to textures that can be created with the information of only one input image.
Can xTex measure all different kinds of materials?
As long as it fits in the tray it can be measured. However, xTex' most natural domain are fabric, leather and plastic type materials. Metals, too, with some limitations. Maximum size of a sample is about 39 x 31 cm (15,4 x 12,2 inch) with a capture size of DinA4 (11,7 x 8,3 inches).
Can I also scan bigger objects with xTex? Like a shoe for instance?
The xTex scanner is built for scanning sample pieces of materials. Those are typically relatively flat. Good results can normally be achieved for objects with a height difference not more than about 1,5cm (0,6 inch). For other objects results could look blurry in some parts.
Does the Automatic Tiling and Synthesis work well for most textures?
They do, definitely! Auto tiling works fine with almost all kinds of textures. In some cases you need to "help" the tool a bit to pick a good portion of the material, but usually the results are much better than what you could achieve manually. Not even speaking about the speed. Synthesis is helpful when you want to create larger textures from a small piece or create a kind of natural random effect.