Blender uses Open GL and will, AFAIK, only generate normal maps in this format when baking. Another bit of advice for getting clean normal maps, triangulate your low poly mesh and set the entire mesh to smooth shading before baking. During this time I stumbled across a very interesting plugin that's compatible with Photoshop CS2-CS5 on Windows and Mac. It's called nDo. This is a powerful normal map creation plugin that lets you quickly and easily generate and modify normal maps through the use of existing images, vector shapes, paths, and through the selection tool.
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- XNormal is an application that allows you to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps. It can also project the texture of the highpoly model into the lowpoly mesh (complete texture transfer, even with different topologies).
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Should you model for quality or performance?
The answer is both! The big difference between modeling for animation or 3D printing and modeling for games is the amount of geometry that you can use. Games need to run in real time at 60 frames per second at minimum, so we need game models to be as efficient as possible so that we can instance many of them in one scene, use physics, and do all of the other cool things that modern games do. But we also want our games to look gorgeous! ..and that usually entails adding a lot of detail. So the central problem that every game artist needs to solve is finding the right balance between quality and performance. The trick that all modern games use to get more detail out of less geometry is normal mapping. A normal map is a special kind of image texture that tells the game engine to bounce light off at a different angle than the surface that is actually there. We’re tricking light into rendering the illusion of depth. It might seem like magic, but normal mapping does have certain limitations that we need to be aware of in order to get a the best possible result.
Creating normal maps can often be one of the most frustrating things for beginning game artists because there are so many potential pitfalls.
Thankfully, they can all be avoided by using the right workflow. In this course, we’ll cover all the concepts that you’ll need to be aware of before you even begin modeling. We’ll de-mystify normal mapping by going over how it works and how you can adjust your modeling to get good results on the first try. There’s a lot to ton of material to cover about modeling hard surface objects for baking, but I’ve boiled it all down to a concise and practical course that’ll quickly get you up to speed on the modern industry standards. It’s packed full of theory and examples, so an intermediate understanding of how to model in Blender is expected before taking this course. The first two parts are lecture format where you can sit back and enjoy some popcorn, and then join in on the fun during the third part.
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- Don't use the edge split modifier for anything but actually splitting edges. Go to the vertex properties (aka 'Data' tab or the one with the triangle icon on it) tab in the Properties editor and check Auto Smooth and set the angle to 180 degrees. This will have the same effect on your normals without actually splitting the edges.
Also, try rendering with Blender Render or Cycles Render instead of the viewport. Sometimes the viewport might have some slight problems displaying a normal map that won't show up in a more robust renderer.
Thank you for the reply. Outlook for mac message sources folder. I tried your advice, but I still get the same result. I also rendered it in another engine as you suggested, to make sure, that it is not Blender viewport issue. Maybe the issue is something else, but I don't have idea what.
- I never created a cage in xNormal so far, but the result looks like the edges are split on the cage as well.
Might be related to your export settings. In case you use fbx try 'face' smoothing information and 'tangent space' checked.
Other than that I can only advice to create the cage in Blender as well, which works completely fine.
Any specific reason why you create it in xNormal?
- try to make the cage inside blender, using displacement modifier and try this setting
Thanks for the replies.Other than that I can only advice to create the cage in Blender as well, which works completely fine.
Any specific reason why you create it in xNormal?
The two pictures from first post shows results using cage made in Blender and cage made in xNormal. Reason I tried to create cage in xNormal is that cage made in Blender give result as in the picture, so i thought that maybe xNormal cage will works better but result is the same. I also tried do everything as JedTheKrampus suggested (use the vertex properties instead of the edge split modifier) but it aslo give the same result.
Thank you so much but it still has the same result.
It would be great if someone can show the process of doing it properly (just on simple cube). I mean using vertex properties or edge split, how to export it to xNormal with correct settings, how to set up xNormal settings, etc. It would be good to compare the process and maybe find the issue.
- Hi I made a sample scene for you
Uses the same export settings I posted here before, here is the link
SAMPLE SCENE DOWNLOAD
here is a fast comparison.
Hope this help!
Thank you so much for the scene and for your time to make it. It is great, I will analyze it and I think I will find issue. I also will know how to do it properly. Thanks one more time.
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