Press Release

Texture Layers 2 from Mankua, Now Shipping as Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in

(New Orleans– August 4, 2004)- Turbo Squid, home of the world’s largest collection of royalty-free 3D assets and worldwide publisher for the Discreet Certified 3ds max© Plug-in Program, today announced a new Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in—Texture Layers 2 from Mankua.

Texture Layers 2 is the latest incarnation of Mankua’s production-proven, advanced mapping and texturing system for Discreet 3ds max software and Autodesk VIZ customers. With Texture Layers 2, 3D artists can create and animate all of their mapping channels within a single modifier, applying different mapping styles to parts of the same object in just minutes. Texture Layers 2 for 3ds max© is like having a modifier stack within a single modifier. The product offers advanced mapping tools unlike anything else available for 3ds max© and includes Spline Mapping, Free Form Deformation, UVW Frame and a much needed Pelt system to give artists the ultimate power to apply maps to their most detailed models.

Texture Layers 2 also includes its own Sub-Object selection mode so users can choose parts of their model on the fly, while allowing them to read in saved selection sets from elsewhere in the Modifier stack. TL 2 also allows customers to quickly copy, paste, save and load mapping channels within the same modifier, or from one modifier to another to suit their needs. Additionally, there is no need to use Multi/SubObject Material IDs when assigning materials. After application, all material or parts of the material are put into other layered materials to control how the final material is displayed.

Texture Layers 2 features:

  • Completely re-designed UI makes creating and managing multiple texturing layers simple
  • Fully compatible with Editable Mesh, Poly and Patch
  • New UV Viewport allows users to see their maps in UV Space within a special window
  • The product comes with two special map types designed to allow mapping layers to blend seamlessly together
  • Transfer and use saved selection sets of faces and edges to help control mapping boundaries

“Any 3D artist who has been looking for more sophisticated ways of mapping their objects inside of 3ds max should check out Texture Layers 2,” said Dan Prochazka, 3ds max Product Manager for Discreet. “They will see a real efficiency by creating and animating all of their mapping channels within a single modifier.”

Pricing and availability

Texture Layers 2 has a suggested retail price of US$295 US.

All Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins may be purchased from Turbo Squid at, from Discreet at, or from authorized Resellers around the world. For a Reseller near you, contact

Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program

Working together, Discreet and Turbo Squid are carefully selecting third party solutions that bring compelling value to 3ds Max artists. These plug-ins are subjected to stringent testing procedures defined by Discreet to ensure each plug-in works well with 3ds Max software and other Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins.

Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-ins are backed up by an online support system implemented by Turbo Squid including developer-moderated forums, FAQs, tutorials, demos, and the latest product information for Discreet 3ds Max artists.

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About TurboSquid

Founded in 2000, Turbo Squid is dedicated to the management and distribution of digital products and other relevant content for 3D and 2D designers and creative professionals. Turbo Squid provides a global market for digital products by enabling individual and corporate users to list, promote and sell their content to users around the world. In 2003 Turbo Squid was named as the exclusive publisher and worldwide distributor for the Discreet Certified 3ds Max Plug-in Program. Turbo Squid is a privately held and venture-backed company. More information can be found at the company's web site:

About Discreet

Discreet empowers moving media professionals to realize the visual experience, transforming their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Its range of award-winning systems and software is developed for digital media creation, management and delivery—across all disciplines from visual effects and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive design, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information is located on the Internet at

About Mankua

Since 1999, Mankua has been delivering top quality plugins for 3ds max, with a strong emphasis in Mapping and Texturing solutions. More information can be found at the company’s web site

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