erco@cinegrfx.com

S & T each feed a triwave generator, which are passed through smoothstep to truncate the tops and bottoms to produce a simple 'tire tread'. S is used as an index into a spline color lookup table, used to create the colors in the tread valleys.

The 'S' value walks the sphere parallel to the equator, and 'T' walks the sphere parallel to the polar axis.

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