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Line trace an opacity mask

Is there a way for a line trace to determine whether it's hitting an opaque (white) or transparent (black) part of a masked material applied to a plane?
I need it to hit the image in the centre of a plane, but ignore the transparent area surrounding it. Any thoughts?

Product Version: UE 4.15
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asked Jul 21 '17 at 03:54 PM in Rendering

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option 1. Add some collision primitive(s) (box or sphere) to this actor just on desired part, and detect line trace with it.

option 2. Model mesh that have the same shape as desired image, turn on per poly collision (use complex collision as simple) for it, place it over that mesh as hidden, and detect line trace with it.

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answered Jul 21 '17 at 05:00 PM

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avatar image Kibblesticks Jul 22 '17 at 01:02 PM

Thanks for the suggestions redbox, unfortunately I don't know how big the images are going to be so I can't create a coll box. Modelling is a work around but it's an awful lot more work as we'll be using this for tens, maybe hundreds of different shapes.

avatar image redbox Jul 22 '17 at 05:30 PM

UE3 had a feature called "Physical Material Mask", that allows you to set black/white texture and apply 2 physical materials to surface. In UE4 its still in backlog, but maybe you can develop it on your own.


One more option is to detect color of hit surface by getting it from color buffer. So the invisible part of image will be filled with solid color, like (0.5,0.5,0.5), and you will ignore line trace when it hit.


avatar image Kibblesticks Jul 22 '17 at 07:39 PM

Really interesting avenue to explore, thanks very much Redbox!

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