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Flair toolbox

Table of contents
  1. Toon settings
    1. Toon Toolset
    2. Toggle ShaderFX Mattes
  2. Warp Settings
    1. Toggle instance on selected
    2. Bake effect position on selected
  3. Delete PaintFX
  4. Unsubdivide Previews
  5. Re-link textures
  6. VRAM Info
  7. Reset Viewport
  8. Convert Materials

The Flair toolbox is a handy collection of style-specific and miscellaneous tools opened by clicking on the TBOX shelf icon.

Flair Toolbox window
The Flair Toolbox containing useful style-specific and miscellaneous tools.

Toon settings

Clicking on the Toon Settings button opens the Toon Settings window, giving additional toon options.

Toon settings window
The available Toon Settings.

Toon Toolset

The Toon Toolset toggles the toon controls on the VertexFX and NoiseFX windows.

NoiseFX toon control widget
NoiseFX toon control widget.
VertexFX toon control widget
VertexFX toon control widget.

Toggle ShaderFX Mattes

This button toggles the renderer to show the RGB mattes of the toon shader. Currently this is only supported in the legacy ShaderFX materials.

Warp Settings

Clicking on the Warp Settings button opens the Warp Settings window, giving additional warp effect options.

Warp settings window
The available Warp Settings.

Toggle instance on selected

This button will toggle the inflated instance which generates the warp effect on/off, thereby also enabling and disabling the effect. This is especially useful for transparent objects that should not drive the warped effect.

Bake effect position on selected

This button will automatically check the Deformed attribute in materials assigned to the selected objects. Doing this will keep the warped effect in-place under animation.

Delete PaintFX

Deleting PaintFX (VertexFX) can be useful in a various situations

  • To start using PaintFX again from scratch
  • To reduce file size, while keeping the PaintFX values in the exported file
  • To recover the construction history of the vertex color sets to animate PaintFX (remember to export the current PaintFX first and import them back in afterwards)

To use it, simply select the objects from which you’d like to remove the PaintFX, and click on the Delete PaintFX button.

If nothing is selected, the tool will try to delete the PaintFX of ALL objects in the scene.

Unsubdivide Previews

Unsubdivide Previews can be useful in a various situations where you need to work with unsubdivided meshes.

  • When advecting (attaching) the canvas to the underlaying motion to correctly advect the canvas to the underlaying motion.
  • For performance and stability issues on computers running with integrated graphics

To use it, simply select the objects from which you’d like to unsubdivide and click on the Unsubdivide Previews button.

If nothing is selected, the tool will try to unsubdivide ALL meshes/shapes in the scene.

Re-link textures opens up a file-dialog to select a folder in which to locate textures that are missing. When opening scenes that were stylized by someone else or from another computer, the texture paths within Flair materials might not be the same anymore. This button automatically re-links all existing textures from a specific directory with the click of a button.

The new image paths will be relative to the Maya project or absolute if outside of the Maya project’s folder.


Prints out details of the current Video Ram (VRAM) usage in Maya’s Script Editor.

Reset Viewport

Resets the viewport in case you are encountering glitching issues.

Convert Materials

These buttons can quickly and automatically convert Maya materials to Flair or ShaderFX materials, inheriting attributes and textures. This is especially useful for quickly loading existing Maya scenes and seeing how they render in Flair.

You can learn how this works in the Convert Materials docs.