ArahDrape - Mapping
ArahDrape is a texture mapping software.
It was developed to help weavers, designers and retailers
in making a better presentation of their fabrics.
By using ArahDrape, you will be able to show the looks of your fabric on a shirt, tie, jacket, sofa, tablecloth, bedlinen or whatever the final product may be. You will be able to present the whole collection of your fabrics, and answer many mix and match "What if?" questions at almost zero cost. What if we rotate this pattern by 45 degrees? Can you make it 20% smaller? You will have the picture to answer the question in no time.
Creation of each project consists of three basics steps.
Insert a blank photo
Apply texture or color
Once the first two steps are finished and the project saved, you can easily change the look of an object.
Change texture or color
Change texture or color
Change size or angle
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What kind of objects can I texture with ArahDrape?
Anything you see on a photo. Sofas, chairs, tableware, walls, furniture, carpets, curtains, bags, hats, and all kind of garments like shirts, jackets, skirts, dresses, socks,...
What kind of starting image do I use?
You need a photo of the object you wish to texture. For best results choose a photo with white fabric or solid light color fabric. Dark or printed fabrics won't work so well. Low resolution photo will result in a low quality outcome.
What resolution and what format of the starting image do I use?
Choose a photo with resolution 300 dpi or higher. Use any standard image format jpg, png, tiff, bmp,...
Can I use my sketches as a starting image?
Yes, texture mapping your sketches will give them a 3D effect.
What kind of texture do I use?
Use any kind of pattern or texture saved in standard image format (jpg, png, tiff, bmp,...). You can create fabric simulation in ArahWeave, download them from the web or scan them. The size of one seamless repeat is sufficient. ArahDrape will automatically repeat the pattern. Make sure that the pattern or texture is in seamless repeat (tiled).
Can I scan the pattern, fabric or texture?
Yes. Scan a size of more than one repeat if possible. Use ArahPaint or other image editing software to put the image in repeat.
How long does it take to make an ArahDrape project?
It depends on the complexity of the project. The estimated time for a skirt would be 15 minutes, for a shirt 30 minutes. Once the regions are outlined and the grids defined, it will take you less than a minute to change textures, or to change the angle or size of a texture.
Can I try the software before I buy it?
Yes. Go to Download > Software demo, to download the latest DEMO version of Arahne software. It includes ArahWeave (CAD for weaving), ArahDrape (texture mapping) and a full version of ArahPaint (drawing in repeat).