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Dreamer
01-20-2009, 08:46 AM
All the examples of the new normal maps have the color set to something other than black and white, the way I used to do bumps. Is this a special color palate with a specific range? How are the colors derived?

Lightwolf
01-20-2009, 08:50 AM
The colours basically define a direction vector that is added to the surface normal during rendering.
A vector (in this case) has three components, X, Y, Z and those are encoded in the RGB channels (even though details differ from one normal map to another).

Cheers,
Mike

Dreamer
01-20-2009, 08:56 AM
So, how do I set that up in photoshop? Or is there another plugin for this?

Lightwolf
01-20-2009, 09:14 AM
Well, here is one for PS: http://developer.nvidia.com/object/photoshop_dds_plugins.html

Cheers,
Mike

Dreamer
01-20-2009, 09:38 AM
Is there another one. I'm on a Mac and have had little luck finding anything but Windows stuff.

Lightwolf
01-20-2009, 09:42 AM
Is there another one. I'm on a Mac and have had little luck finding anything but Windows stuff.
I have no idea... I just googled for "Photohsop" and "normal maps".

Edit: This one just came up: http://homepage.mac.com/nilomarabese/Menu13.html

Cheers,
Mike

Dreamer
01-20-2009, 09:58 AM
Thanks, I did too but didn't come up with that one.