The Main Tab of the plugin where you will adjust all of your settings for importing images. Once you have the settings you want you will select “Import Folder” or “Import Image” to select images on your computer to bring into the C4D viewport. Images are automatically brought into the material manager and put onto image planes at the correct aspect ratio. All materials and planes will be labeled with the name of the image. We have 2 modes to choose from to import your images: Line and Collage which are explained below. All options for customizing your collage imports are in the Collage Tab. While working with the images it is best to work in “Front” view to ensure everything stays lined up properly. Have fun!
Compatible with most 3rd party renderers through automatic material conversion.
This will line up all of your images in a single straight line with an evenly spaced gap that you can specify in the “I2P PRO” Cloner parent object by changing the Position X (P.X) number in the Ojbect tab in the attribute manager. By default, there will be no gap until this is set.
This will create an evenly-spaced grid of images with an optional center image. You can adjust the spacing using the “Dynamic Spacing” in the collage tab.
Max # Files: This option will limit the number of files that are imported. This is useful if you have a large folder of images. Further filtering can be done with the Image Filter option.
Random Files: As the name implies this will randomize the files that are imported when the Seed is changed.
Materials Only: This will only import the images as materials and ignore creating image planes. This is useful if you already have a collage and want new images or if you want to use the images to build a custom collage.
Reflectance: This will activate the reflectance channel in the material which will create a shine on the image. This can sometimes make the image look washed out so it is off by default.
Add To Alpha: If your images have alpha channels and you want to use them this will place the image in that channel of the material.
Luminance: Loads the image into the Luminance Channel and disables the color channel. The image is still loaded into the color channel but will not be active until reactivated.
Preview Size: This will set the viewport display resolution. If images are looking blurry set the preview size higher and reload the images.
This work by filtering images by name and file type. By default “All” is off because sometimes it will pick up hidden files in folders. You can add more extensions in the Add Extension dialogue by typing them in. If you want to add more than one extension just separate each extension with a comma. For example, if you wanted PSD and EXR files you would type “psd, exr”. Be aware that some image formats come in different forms such as “jpg” and “jpeg” or “tif” and “tiff”.
The Name Search works similarly. Type a word into the field and it will only select images with that name in it. You can choose multiple words by separating them with a comma. For example “Cars, Bikes, Planes”.
Snap and Scale
Snap Mode: This will let you snap your planes perfectly into place by selecting the plane you want to move and then selecting which corner of the plane you want to snap by clicking one of the 4 boxes on the left, then you need to find two planes to place the image near which will be indicated by red circles as you are hovering your mouse.
Scale Mode: Scale Mode will let you resize your plane from the corner you specify in the 4 corner boxes on the left. You can also check the box to Scale Proportionally to retain the plane’s aspect ratio. If unchecked you will be able to resize freely.
Main Image: This will let you create a large center image in the middle of your collage. How big your Main Image is depends on the next two settings.
# Rows: This will let you specify how many rows of images you have when you import. If you have 60 images and “# Rows” is set to 6 you will have 10 images per row.
Main Image Height: This will let you specify how many rows tall your “Main Image” is.
Spacing: Let’s you specify the gap between all images. This can be adjusted interactively by holding Alt while moving the slider and you will see your collage adjust accordingly. Important: The dynamic spacing(holding Alt) will not work after customizing the collage by adding or moving planes, all spacing adjustments should be made first.
Image Height: Set’s the height of all collage images. This is essentially the same as scaling the Cloner parent.