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raptornx01 Aug 24, 2013 @ 8:48am
A way to make body parts invisible
Say you have a model made up of multiple smds. and you can see them when you right-click and look under bodygroups. is it possible to hide just one smd, or would the model have to be recompiled?

possibly with override materials?

EDIT: I found it. right-click, add override material. then right-click and open model in element viewer. go down to materials. expand it. find the part you want to hide* right-click and go to add attribute. select float. then type in $alpha

*if the part you want isn't listed just right-click materials and go to add element. then name it whatever name the piece is (has to be the exact name. and the location of the vtf file in the materials folder for that part.
Last edited by raptornx01; Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:55am
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EmperorFaiz.vmt Aug 25, 2013 @ 2:45am 
thank you for the tips, amigo
Last edited by EmperorFaiz.vmt; Aug 25, 2013 @ 2:45am
Puzzler Aug 25, 2013 @ 11:58am 
Thanks! You are awesome!
raptornx01 Sep 3, 2013 @ 7:04pm 
Ok I did a video showing how this is done.
Cpt. Weezer Sep 4, 2013 @ 5:37pm 
what is that abomination flying on my screen as i watch this video, but nice animation :|

Originally posted by raptornx01:
Ok I did a video showing how this is done.
Sarsour Sep 6, 2013 @ 1:29am 
I duno if this would help but in the console you can type in ' toolload vmt '
brings up some material settings... also toolunload vmt when you wanna close it (or else it stays open in the background)
Last edited by Sarsour; Sep 6, 2013 @ 4:27am
raptornx01 Sep 6, 2013 @ 2:48am 
That.... did nothing. it says the material editor is loaded, but i see no extra options anywhere, and no window popped up. unless i'm missing something.

EDIT: ok, it's in the game engine window. select a vmt. annnnndd it crashed the program :/

EDIT 2: it seems like it COULD be useful, but it actually does edit the vmts. which is fine if the change you want to do you want to be permanent. but the preview windows and thing are pretty much useless. and you can't actually see what you are doing to the model.

and it still only works if the texture actually HAS a vmt.

Plus it's buggy as hell. I did like I do with the particle editor and went to tools and selected sfm, then the texture that I had been looking at the vmt for unloaded itself to be replaced with the purple and black checker we are so familiar with. and on top of that, for an odd change of pace, the program couldn't be shut down. it would give me the pop up asking if i wanted to save. I'd click don't save, and..... nothing. and nothing I did could close it. I actually had to ctrl alt delete it to get it to close.

That being said, good find. I'll keep this i mind just in case. But I think the override materials would be more useful.
Last edited by raptornx01; Sep 6, 2013 @ 3:16am
Sarsour Sep 6, 2013 @ 4:25am 
to unload it/ close it , press f11 to go back to the ingame mode and bring up the console and type in toolunload vmt ....but yes it is very buggy, would be a nice feature if they could fix it for atleast the release version of sfm.
Originally posted by raptornx01:
Ok I did a video showing how this is done.
♥Evie♥ Aug 8, 2016 @ 2:33am 
I am trying to get only one wing of the dove but it is set to be a whole body any idee how i can get only one wing
raptornx01 Aug 9, 2016 @ 5:48am 
thats because the body is all one piece, one texture. you'd have to redo the model and make the wings separate.
Kardiamente Aug 9, 2016 @ 10:34am 
Add Override Materials. Go to Element Veiwer > Game model > Materials.
There's a list of text in green that'll dorp down with names and such.
Right click on one of the items. I suggest finding the one you want to change first, and add attribute Vector 3. And then type $alpha.
You can change the number from 0-1
1 Being solid, and 0 being invisable. 0.9 will not look good if you're making something transparent.
The lighting will detect the model, and create a shadow on the floor, but atleast you wont see the texture.
Last edited by Kardiamente; Aug 9, 2016 @ 10:35am
Zappy Aug 9, 2016 @ 11:00am 
Originally posted by SFM - Hexicon Gamezel:
add attribute Vector 3. And then type $alpha.
$Alpha is a float value, not an array of 3 floats (known as a "Vector3").
R234 Aug 9, 2016 @ 3:19pm 
You could just shrink the wing, too.
WOW, this $alpha float method works amazingly on Deus Specs.
Here's the result
Sorry for necro this post
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Date Posted: Aug 24, 2013 @ 8:48am
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