DigitalEro Offline

Texture Seam on my model - normal map..

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:11:38


Alright, so I think selph80 knows a lot of stuff about making models for sfm and I learned the qc_eyes thing from him, sent him a message not sure if he still goes on here. So this time, My layla stockton model uses the body of lord advark's miranda which is strange because it looked fine on his and in blender, my layla stockton looks fine because no normal maps are applied and it also looks fine when I disable lighting in sfm So I thought that it was an error with the normal maps so I deleted the bumpmap lines in the .vmt's and it looked fine, but the lighting onto the body just didn't look as well. Right now, she looks kinda sweaty, but without the normalmaps, her whole body is receiving the lighting. In blender, I imported all the normalmaps and blended them, but they still look like that picture in sfm... I don't know what to do. Any ideas? Well, in blender I imported all the normal maps and tried using the smear tool to blend them but there's still a seam. I have the flexes done and stuff. Omg, lordadvark what is this cursed bodY????
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 05:22:23


Welcome to the Source engine. Enabling a normalmap on a model causes light to hit the model per texel rather than per poly. The way source lights textures is based on their 2D position on the UV coordinate grid. Try as you might, unless those two parts are actually touching in the UV grid (which is pretty much impossible to do with every part of a model) you're going to have a seam. You just have to try and hide the seam somewhere that it isn't as noticeable. While this problem does exist in many other game engines, it is most noticeable in Source. You'll find that game developers and freelancers alike will use things such as necklaces, chokers, or any believable piece of geometry to hide the seam from the neck to the head.
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:15:05

Bilge Rat 16

How do the normals look like? Not the normal map, just the plain old normals.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:35:40


this is retarded. Doesn't happen on the cbbe bodies. wtf.