Static Shape Texturing

Edit toolbar with Shape Texturing button highlighted.

This tool is used for the manual texturing of shapes and individual faces. For the exact texture mapping, several modes are available. You can open the tool by drag and dropping an image file from the file navigator onto shapes, by selecting Shapes→Texture Shapes... or by starting the tool from the tool bar.

The tool dialogs are usually modal, i.e. they stay in front of the CityEngine main window to allow repeated application to different shape selections.

The Texturing Tool provides a simple and interactive means for texture assignment.

Choose a Texture Image

The image the user wants to use as a texture may be chosen as follows:

Orientation Alignment

Select an orientation for the following parameters, either global or local.


Correct the image orientation by the following three options in 'Image Transformation' group:

Arbitrary Rotation

Specify an arbitrary rotation angle in degrees, if Rotation above is set to "Arbitrary".

Texture Coordinates Mapping Mode

(see below for examples)

There are four modes with according attributes for the texture coordinate mapping, which are specified in the 'Texture Coordinates Mapping' group:

Keep current mapping

Leaves the currently set mapping (no attributes).

Stretch to polygon

This mode is used for stretching the texture across the selected face. Note that if entire shapes are selected, the texture is stretched across all present coplanar face groups.


This mode allows the user to set the actual dimension of the used texture.

Scene Selection Issues

The Texturing Tool acts a little differently depending on the scene selection (colored blue):


Stretch to Polygon: using 1.8 horizontal repetitions, 1.3 vertical repetitions with Align to Top left corner

Dimension: using Absolute texture width 5.75, Absolute texture height 8.0, Align to Bottom right corner. And snap horizontally to bounds, so the texture fits exactly three times.

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