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Texture Troubles

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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:12 pm

Texture Troubles

Hiya peoples. Downloaded the origianal Freelancer .tga textures off of here, and went to attach them to a ship I made up in MS3D. It works, but with a little bit of an issue... some spots show the texture, while most of the ship shows no texture at all. It seems to go from texture to texture though....for instance, the clearish purple nomad texture works ok, only a few blank spots, but then others show a spot of texture here and there, but nothing else....anyone had this issue before? I'm sure it's a simple matter that I'm screwing up, but I'm not sure just what.... Anyhoo, theres the pic of the problem... ... Meship.jpg

Hmm... silly forum won't let me put direct IMG links in...

Edited by - Runtman on 1/1/2007 7:14:11 PM

Post Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:54 pm

Ok, figured out why the white spots the little globe thingie of the texture file, one of the 4 spots is white, that was the blank spot. BUT, I'm still having a problem here. Some spots will be textured, but won't take the whole texture - just the background colour. The only exception to that is if I click the little spheremap button, then it textures everywhere, but it's all circled, so it's kind of do I get the ordinary one to work? Please? ... ship-1.jpg

Post Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:18 am

If you used 3DS Max (or GMAX or maybe other programs) to create the model, you may try experimenting with "UV mapping" (or something like that) to move your textures. I know that it's in 3DS, maybe in GMAX. Don't know about others...

Post Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:27 am

gmax is easier..slightly...and its free...

Post Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:36 am

Well, this was done with MS3D, I can use 3ds max, figured that doing it straight in Milkshape would be easier...

Post Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:21 pm

The sides of your model haven't been Mapped properly, when you Tile Map (ctrl+T in ms) you need to map the Top, Bottom & sides seperately. The way you've mapped it the sides are literaly just using one or two pixels of the texture.

**shuffles of with a new headache**

Post Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:05 pm

Once in a while, depending on the texture...I've gotten pretty lucky mapping a few of them on multiple surfaces in one shot.
I can't explain how it worked, but MS seems to map textures out perfectly in some rare cases. (but they were rare cases).
But's better to individually map out sections as separate groups. Once all the mapping is accomplished...before exporting the cmp & mat file..I go back over the groups and "regrouped" those items that shared the same texture.
It simplified the file size and held their coordinates fine as long as I didn't attempt to "remap" the new group.

Post Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:37 pm

Magnet had it right. UV MApping is the way to go. Lithium Unwrapper and UV Unwrapper work from what I've been told. I prefer using the UV Mapper in my modelling prog. GMAX and 3D Blender both have the feature, GMAX can still be found free for older versions, 3D Blender is free and has very recent versions.

Modelling/Texturing is like riding a bike, then adding wings, rockets, and that funny pinwheel thing. While not impossible, it does take alot of practice to get it right.

Post Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:03 pm

@ Rankor, how you group your model is all down to what you want to achieve with it, if your happy with a single component (ROOT) CMP with no destructables, and a resized vanilla SUR then carry on. But if you want to stand out from the masses then think multiple components, we've had a CMP exporter that can do them for quite sometime now, it just needs the model to have multiple groups and arranged properly in the group list to work. Add damage models and custon SURs and you'll have a ship that works as close to a vanilla ship as we can get ATM.

@ Rest, When modelling you use the methods that your skill levels and desires allow.

Milkshape is ideal for modeling game content and about average for difficulty of use, gmax & blender are free but they like most of the "big programs" are complicated to use with more features than you'll ever use for game content.

Texture mapping for games depends on your abilities with a paint program, Tile Mapping doesn't need any abilities as you can use other peoples tile textures, or your own primative textures for your model. UV Mapping requires a high degree of artistic skill for game content textures as all of the detail is added to the texture instead of the model.

For game content I stick to milkshape and it's texture coordinates editor (Ctrl+T, don't use the tile mapper under tools as that can give weird results), non game content (Poser etc) I use MAX and/or Lightwave and either Lith or Classic for mapping, my lack of abilities with photoshop still allow me to make damn good textures for bodies and clothes.

**shuffles of with a new headache**

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