The Trace SOP reads an image file and automatically traces it, generating a set of faces around areas exceeding a certain brightness threshold. You can control the this threshold and the resolution of the resulting faces.
Parameters - Trace Page
Use Disk Image
/usedisk - Checking this option indicates that the image file you are drawing upon is located on disk, as opposed to using a COP as a source for the image.
COP Network / COP name
/netname /copname - Use these pop-up menus to specify a specific COP image.
/copframe - Enter the frame value here when using a COP. Use
$F</span> if you want to trace a moving image for each frame.
Image Input <code>/file - Field for entering the name of the image to be read. This field can be used to read in multiple images by entering something like:
Tip: Enter a
$F</span> in the filename to read in a sequence of animated images that are consecutively numbered. For example: <code>butterfly$F.pic
/thresh - Brightness level value adjusts where trace outline in image occurs.
Add Point Texture
/addtexture - This option allows the generation of point texture coordinates (UVs). This may occasionally be necessary when the Convert to Poly option is enabled.
Parameters - Filters Page
/delborder - When enabled, this option eliminates extraneous data along the edges of the original image so it isn't traced. This is useful for when "dirty" edges exist in the original image that you don't want traced.
/bordwidth - The number of pixels the removal border should be.
/doresample - Determines level of refinement (number of points) for generating trace outlines.
/step - Value controlling trace outline refinement when Resample Shapes is checked.
/dosmooth - When this option is checked, the geometry is filtered to remove sharp corners.
/corner - Value controlling corner smoothing when
Smooth Shapes</span> is checked.
Fit to Curves <code>/fitcurve - If selected, the geometry at this point is converted to two-dimensional Bzier curves. Flat edges are preserved in polygons.
/error - Value controlling accuracy of the above curve fitting process. For best results, the input should retain as many points as possible, i.e. do not select Smooth Shapes or Resample Shapes.
Convert to Poly
/convpoly - This option will convert the above curves back into polygons.
Level of Detail
/lod - This value controls the accuracy of the conversion back into polygons.
/hole - This will bridge all holes in the output so that they may be rendered properly. Bzier curves and polygons can be holed, but polygonal holing sometimes produces better results. You may want to use the Convert to Poly option before holing.
Uses / Works in Relation With
Commonly followed by a Extrude SOP to generate bevelled objects from logos, scans of geographical maps, etc. It can be animated by reading in a series of images.