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Posted: 18 June 2012 08:41 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Can Carrara handle NORMAL MAPS? If so how and what channel in the shader?

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Posted: 18 June 2012 10:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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A normal map is just a type of bump map right? I’d think you’d just go to the shader and drop it into the Bump slot.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 10:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yes, Carrara can handle normal maps.

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Posted: 19 June 2012 07:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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‘OKAY I found that! I dont know why I couldn’t before ..

NOW the question is… HOW do I convert an image into one that can be used as a NORMAL MAP!

I USE MAC!!!

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Posted: 19 June 2012 07:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Richard,

My son found a nice program to do normal maps on a Mac. It’s called Crazy Bump. It’s currently available as a free beta, but I haven’t found any issues with it.

http://www.crazybump.com/

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Posted: 19 June 2012 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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BrianP21361 - 19 June 2012 07:51 AM

Richard,

My son found a nice program to do normal maps on a Mac. It’s called Crazy Bump. It’s currently available as a free beta, but I haven’t found any issues with it.

http://www.crazybump.com/

WOW that is great! BUT I am running MAC OS 10.5.8 at this time and it wont work at this time.

Do you know of any others for MAC

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Posted: 19 June 2012 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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How about NormalMapper and nDo. I’m not sure what the system requirements are for those.

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Posted: 19 June 2012 12:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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also consider plugin from Inagoni

Baker or Deeper or both?  have not used either in a long time

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Posted: 19 June 2012 02:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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RichardChaos - 19 June 2012 07:44 AM

HOW do I convert an image into one that can be used as a NORMAL MAP!

If you convert a bump map to a normal map you won’t see any real improvement. It would be like converting a greyscale image to RGB. It might render a little faster, but you need a way to create a normal map to get the benefit.

Best way to make a normal map is by baking the texture on a high-polygon model, so the map will wrap seamlessly. That’s probably some kind of sculpting/texturing program like 3D-Coat.

The next best way is to create a tiling (or non-tiling) “flat” texture, either generating it in a paint program or rendering out a flat image of a 3D model (the BAKER plugin can this).

Least-best way is to convert a bump map in a program like nDo - which I couldn’t find a current link to…

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Posted: 19 June 2012 06:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I looked and looked and downloaded NO JOY! I found this half azzed Adobe PIXEL BENDER which I an not sure even works. That CRAZY BUMP is awesome baby BUT only runs PC. I just may buy a cheap PC laptop soon and maybe it will run on that.

I was VERY disappointed in what I found…

Steve Jobs is ROLLING over in his grave

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Posted: 19 June 2012 07:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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BrianP21361 - 19 June 2012 07:51 AM

Richard,

My son found a nice program to do normal maps on a Mac. It’s called Crazy Bump. It’s currently available as a free beta, but I haven’t found any issues with it.

http://www.crazybump.com/

That crazy bump is the bomb man! BUT wont work on MAC OS 10.5.8

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Posted: 19 June 2012 07:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Richard,

For $19.99 you can upgrade to Mountain Lion. That’s a lot less than buying a PC.

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Posted: 19 June 2012 07:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Thanks yea I know but right now I cant I am using a G5 powermac! I am hopefully that by the end of JULY I will have a new MAC PRO! I have NO money now not even 20 bucks I can spare!

NEVER take on net 3 accounts that turn into net 90s

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Posted: 20 June 2012 05:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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HI Richard smile

Filterforge,. works on Mac smile

There’s a 30 day (Fully functioning) Trial version, It creates Diffuse, Bump, Normal, Specular, etc
It’s also available as a “Stand Alone”, as well as the Photoshop plugin.

Check out the Filterforge filter gallery to see what’s possible., and browse the available Free filters/textures.

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Posted: 20 June 2012 07:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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THNAKS 3DAGE your always with the correct answer! it is for mac but it says INTEL processors! I am not sure thats really true but I do plan to get a new INTEL mac soon!

How come I never heard of this it is wicked great.

AND it it can make NORMAL MAPS I am in

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