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Vendetta Fhang
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So i have a normal map for my shirt but when i plug it into the bumpiness section i'm not seeing anything change. i'm on the beta grid testing and using firestorm viewer. Not sure if i have to turn on a specific setting in the viewer or if i'm missing something. File is png.

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Fionalein gave you the most common and probable explanation. It is also possible that you have to look at your environment settings. Normal maps aren't really compatible with windlight and with a very soft windlight the effect may not be noticeable at all.

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Fine grain details are very easily lost for the reason ChinRey above points to, even if they are quite visible in the normal map image. To make them stronger, you might want to increase contrast on the R channel and on the G channel in a 2D editing software capable of handling color channels (GIMP and PS can for sure) and run some sharpening filters. Leave the B channel as it is, that marks the top height.

Edit: or use any other software you like, of course :)

 

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