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Stamped Texture

The Stamped texture is one of the many procedurally generated textures provided with Modo. Procedural textures are mathematically created at render-time and, therefore, have no fixed resolution. They can be magnified almost infinitely with no visual loss in detail. The Stamped texture can be addressed by its two zones: the Background and Foreground colors. The texture modulates from one zone to the other based on your settings. Each zone can have either a Value or a Color and Alpha. The applied zone is dependent on the Layer Effects to which the texture is applied. For example, if you apply the texture as a Displacement, then Modo uses the Value settings, but if you set the texture effect to Diffuse Color, Modo uses the Color and Alpha settings for the Background and Foreground. This texture provides a pattern similar to a stamped metal plate. You can adjust the number of stamps per cell and the shape, grout width, bevel width, and height.

NOTE:  For information about adding and working with Shader Tree item layers, see the Shader Tree topic.

WARNING:  Due to the nature of this texture, the default Solid projection method produces no result. When applied, you need to modify the projection in the associated Texture Locator to a different type. To select the Texture Locator, click the + icon preceding the layer's name in the Shader Tree and click the revealed layer. In the Properties Panel, change the Projection Type to a UV Map (see Working with UV Maps) or select a geometric projection (such as Planar, Cylindrical, or Spherical) and size the texture accordingly.

Emodo Stamped Properties





Toggles the effect of the layer on and off to duplicate the functionality of toggling visibility in the Shader Tree. When disabled, the layer has no effect on the shading of the scene. However, Modo saves disabled layers with the scene, and they are persistent across Modo sessions.


Inverts the colors (RGB values) for the layer to produce a photonegative effect.

Blend Mode

Affects the blending between different layers of the same effect type. With this, you can stack several layers for different effects.

For more about blending, see the Layer Blend Modes topic.


Changes the transparency of the current layer. Reducing this value increasingly reveals lower layers in the Shader Tree, if present, or dims the effect of the layer, itself, on the surface.


Sets the association for the Texture Locator. Most texture layers have a Texture Locator that Modo automatically creates in the Item List. This defines the mapping of the texture (how Modo applies the texture) to the surface. You can specify alternate locators, but the need to do so is rare. Still, you may want multiple texture items to share a single locator.

Tiles - Stamped

Regional Seed

Specifies the initial number Modo uses when generating the procedural values. Different Seed values produce different random variations and can be useful in changing the texture result; however, you need to use the same Seed value when you want items to retain the same variations.

Stamp Distribution

Determines the percentage of the surface that is covered by the stamps.

Stamp Stagger

Determines how staggered the rows of stamps are in the texture. When you set this to a low value, the stamps line up vertically. The stamps become more staggered as you increase the value.

Grout Width

Determines the amount of grout between the stamps.

Bevel Width

Determines the width of the bevel on the stamps.

No. Of Stamps

Specifies the number of stamps in each block.

Stamp Type

Determines the shape of the stamp used. The available options are:




Size Controls

U Repeats

Determines the number of times the pattern repeats in the U direction (horizontally).

V Repeats

Determines the number of times the pattern repeats in the V direction (vertically).

Disturb Controls - Alters the look of the generated texture. The noise layer distorts the texture based on the Disturb Magnitude.

Disturb Noise Type

Specifies the look of the texture's distortion and provides several noise function types:


Enhanced Perlin



Gradient Value




Disturb Octaves

Specifies the number of layers of noise Modo uses when distorting the texture. This, in effect, produces greater detail and is similar to the Patch Levels setting.

Disturb Magnitude

Specifies the strength of the distortion effect on the base texture.

Disturb Scale

Specifies the size (scale) of the distortion effect on the base texture.

Disturb Detail

Specifies the step size that Modo uses between each iteration of the noise to disturb the texture.

Full 3D Distortion

Turns on full 3D distortion, which yields better results, but a full 3D distortion takes longer to render.

Output Controls

Output Regions

When enabled, outputs random gray shades per region rather than outlines for tiles. This adds random variety to the procedurally created texture. You can further control the amount of variation using the Regional HSV process layer.

Background Color/Value

Specifies the Color (or Value) of the texture's background area, which ramps toward the Foreground Color/Value.

Background Alpha

Specifies the Alpha transparency of the Background Color.

Background - Use Last Layer

When enabled, makes the Background Color area completely transparent to reveal the shading results of lower layers.

Foreground Color/Value

Specifies the Color (or Value) of the texture's foreground area, which ramps toward the Background Color/Value.

Foreground Alpha

Specifies the Alpha transparency of the Foreground Color.

Foreground - Use Last Layer

When enabled, makes the Foreground Color area completely transparent to reveal the shading results of lower layers.