Modeling Documentation


Title Updated Description
Building Custom 3-D Trees 9 Jun 2022 This article explains X-Plane 12's requirements for customizing or adding new 3-D trees.
Designing Manipulators for Virtual Reality 13 Jun 2019
Lighting Level of Detail 14 Feb 2018 Guidelines on specifying LOD for lights.
Optimizing Object Peformance 22 Dec 2015 A guide to optimizing the detail, geometry, and count for objects.

Tips & Tricks

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Power of 2 In Art Assets 14 Feb 2018 An explanation of "power of 2" resolutions as required by X-Plane art assets.
Additive Lighting 14 Feb 2018 Explanation of additive lighting in X-Plane.


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Normal Maps 6 Jan 2020 Normal maps are textures that defines which way light bounces off a surface. This article explains how to create, use, and troubleshoot normal maps.
X-Plane 11 Particle System 29 Sep 2018 Details of the X-Plane 11 particle system, including particle types, emitter types, and effect types.
All About Clamping Animations 7 Jun 2018 Details about how to control X-Plane's ability to guess how to animate your object when you haven't specified a keyframe for a dataref value; a technique known as "Clamping Animations".
Managing Translucency 14 Feb 2018 An explanation of why translucency is problematic & how to work with it properly for X-Plane.
Custom Lights 16 Dec 2015 Custom lights are Lighting Billboards that can be customized as part of an OBJ. This article discusses the mechanism behind custom light billboards in detail.
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lights.txt File Format 10 Jun 2020 The lights.txt file provides X-Plane's rendering engine with instructions on how to make lights with names for other parts of the art system to reference