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IT WORKS! Sorta....I might make the scoreboard work, but it seems like a nightmare that can easily sink a lot of time into and get me no where...  

Now, that I have more time again for personal projects I want to pick up some new stuff. First on my list is Substance Painter, and it's been really awesome so far. So I decided to rebake an old piec

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Looks good but isn't that just a carbon copy of an existing Halo 4 door? I've seen it before. As a baking test this is ok but be careful about putting it on your portfolio. You don't want to be accused of plagiarism.

You're right, it's based on a door from halo (that guy in particular). Said so on the description on my website, so I hope there won't be any problems.

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I see a few baking errors... did you set your low poly to 1 smoothing group by any chance?

 

You might also want to consider nDo for this kind of stuff, I don't see any shapes there that couldn't be made faster and easier with nDo. If you want to really practice baking, go bat shit crazy with the hipoly and get the most mileage out of it possible, right now you only have some simple shapes that take a lot more time to bake than to do by hand in nDo :)

 

nDo is not just for tilable sci-fi panels, you can use it pretty much for anything environment related.

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Ouch, so much baking issue =s I think you should fix the shading of your lowpoly first by tweaking smoothing group or adding Hard edge. I guess you smoothed everthing and throw the result into Xnormal but it's not the best way to get a nice render. By doing this, you get lots of triangle and gradient into your normalmap and it'll never be enough to fix the shading of your object.

About the texture, try to have some fun with the specular map. It'll reveals nice details with light and gives a stronger ID to your metal than a Generic colored Sci-fi metal.

 

[Edit] Oups ! i didn't see your post minos. Sorry =s

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Guys, I'm on my way to bake a normal of my x-com rifle but as I'm reading I'll gonna make it wrong ;) Should I set smoothing groups to 1 and add support edges so the gradients will be fine or maybe set custom smoothing groups and get hard edges - maybe there' a better tool to bake? xNormal will do the job?

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Guys, I'm on my way to bake a normal of my x-com rifle but as I'm reading I'll gonna make it wrong ;) Should I set smoothing groups to 1 and add support edges so the gradients will be fine or maybe set custom smoothing groups and get hard edges - maybe there' a better tool to bake? xNormal will do the job?

I think that if you want to add geometry, make directly a bevel instead of a support loop. It'll help your final object to be a little more defined on edge.

When your object is well baked, hard edge or not, you won't be able to see any Uv seam at the distance your object is supposed to be seen =) Personaly, I do 2 baking, one with a splitted cage on hard edge to be sure that the projection is coplanar to my faces (it avoid subtle gradient that become noisy with compression) and a second one with a 1 piece smooth cage to get back my information where I had gaps with the first bake. It takes about 5 min more to do, but the result is just perfect.

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I see a few baking errors... did you set your low poly to 1 smoothing group by any chance?

Nah no way, I might should have said earlier that most errors get more visible caused by the cubemap. At first I got much more artifacts because the tga compression sucked bad^^ You also see errors at the second Ao+Nm screen?

 

About the texture, try to have some fun with the specular map.

Yeah currently there's no real spec at all, thx for the hint ;)

 

And I didn't want to use nDo for this model because I worked quite a lot with it earlier and had some things in mind that I wanted to test without nDo, that's why everything was done with a highpoly. But most things would be easier/faster with nDo, true ;)

 

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Thought you guys would like to see the Nm itself so you can give me some more specific feedback?

Oh, and a small version of all 3 maps can be found here.

tex_door_01_nmmessw.jpg

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You have so much gradient on surface supposed to be flat  ! This is why I think you should tweak a bit the normal of your low poly before baking. You'll tell me that normal map should fix gradient issue since there's a gradient too, but as you see in what you get, it isn't enough =s

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