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Using already generated Normal Maps for Sculpties (?)

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Hi Teriki.

Like Irene said, the building fourm is probably the better place for this kind of question.

I'm pretty sure you can't make sculpties out of the normal maps you mention. UV maps for a sculptie has to follow a set standard. Basically all sculpties is made from the same uv map. Someone else might know of a way, but AFAIK there is no way to do what you ask.

Testing of sculpt maps without paying the L$10 every time can be done in two ways. One is to use the preview grid. The other is to use the Emerald viewer, and the temp upload feature of this viewer.

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Alrighty, sounds good to me. I'm gonna hafta try the projection method mentioned on another webpage that I spotted. That one sounded like it would work 100% (without needing super-imposed plugins like the Prim Creator which requires you to build the objects with the Prim objects... A Little over-done for objects I've already created in some of my files.)

 

And I didn't know about the grid and viewer. Had I known about those a couple of years ago, I wouldn't have wasted my money on clothing designs.

 

Thanks!

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The good news is that true meshes are coming to SL! A beta will be starting this summer according to this 'Coming soon' blog post, most likely on the beta/preview grid. We don't know what restrictions and limitations will be put on meshes, tho. Making sculpties might still be a good thing to know, event after meshes have been added to SL...

If your account is a few years old, you should be able to simply log on to the preview grid. Your account is probably copied over a long time ago. If you can't get in, or have any other problems, the link I sent you tells you who to get in touch with - under 'How do I log in to Aditi?'.

Anyways - Good luck!

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Oh yeah, I've heard about that project; I haven't seen anything much farther than beta testing of uploading the meshes. The major problem with that idea, however, is that some people are not as efficient in creating models as others. -I- can trim my meshes down to 2000 polys, but what about someone who doesn't have game design knowlege and thinks that their 10,000+ poly model will work in SL? There isn't a way to determine the the number of polys on a model before a file is opened (currently)... Heh I was just about to start suggesting stuff on how they can improve their mesh importer, but this is a Question/Discussion, not a suggestion board X3

At this current moment I would continue to believe that the only way is sculpties, but because they're so limited, the mesh uploader will be used eventually. Though sculptie prims can be twice as useful (Hey, I have this car sculptie... which I can use for armor for a spaceship! Shweet!)

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Yeah. Information regarding meshes is not exactly abundant. Poly count is probably going to be one of the restrictions on meshes.

I understand the importance of poly count, and some of the techniques for making low poly meshes look good, but being fairly new to 3d modelling, I will have to do some serious practicing to get it right.

As far as suggestions are concerned, maybe the forum Irene linked to above, or the pjira, is the right place for them?

Guess we will have to see when more information becomes available.

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Yeah, no need for suggestions. However the builder's forum would be a great place to pick up where I left off (for me at least).

As for poly trimming, I'm good at that (Normal maps ftw). What I've been using is the Unity3D Engine... Of course I'm just starting with it, but I've actually figured out a couple of things already. Anyways, a lot of models should not exceed 10,000 polys (Never exceed 25,000 polys on the Unity Engine... Never). I stick with the "no more than 5000" rule. I did a simple 2000 poly character with normal maps and it looks very good (However I noticed that my normal map is inverted in Unity o.O --- Link of video down there... I was testing stuff). I dunno what Second Life's Engine can handle (I guess call it the Linden Engine, heheh), but if it's anything like the Unity Engine, I bet it can't handle much anything bigger than 10,000 polys efficiently. I'm sure they'll figure it out eventually.

 

Anyways, onto my 3D Model building, I should get Taichi in there X3 My greatest accomplishment since I did so well on the first animation with him X3 (Actually... Today's Saturday... I'm gonna do something outside, lol; then I'll work on importing Taichi)

 

--- Unity Animation Testing

--- First Taichi Animation

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I just heard of Unity the other day when I watched a tutorial on preparing and importing a model from Blender to Unity. Of course I bookmarked it and will look into it as soon as I can. It sounds like a good tool.

But where is this 'outside' you speak of? lol.

I'll make sure to watch the videos you linked to.

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Aw, you don't have to watch them if you don't want to, they're just for reference sakes (to show what I'm talking about and not sound like a lunatic... oh wait, I already am one X3)

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I think it's fun to see what other people manage to create. It gives me something to aim for, or to aspire to. There is always something to learn by studying others work.

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