Awkward New Mapper, Simple Questions

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by Apollo 11, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. Apollo 11

    Apollo 11 L1: Registered

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    So I'm basically completely new to mapping, and although I've read a bunch of tutorials on the forums and have watched hours of repetitive YouTube videos I still have some very basic questions. First, is there any way to make curves easily? Right now I'm just using the cutting tool 20 or so times. Also, if I have used the brush to create a block and then cut the block on an angle, is there any way I can heighten/shorten the block without maintaining the ratio of the cut? I'm sure that these are incredibly simple for anyone who has mapped for more than a day but I found myself getting stuck a lot because of these.
     
  2. theatreTECHIE

    aa theatreTECHIE Yet another Techie for the net...

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    When using the brush tool, over on the right side of the screen there is a toolbox with two drop-down selection boxes labeled 'categories' and 'objects'. You can change the type of brush you make by selecting what you want in the 'objects' drop-down menu. (Options include circle and arch)
    As for changing the dimensions of a brush, use the vertex tool :vertexmanip: to change vertices on their own. Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Apollo 11

    Apollo 11 L1: Registered

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    Thank you, huge help.
     
  4. tyler

    aa tyler snail prince, master of a ruined tower

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    One thing: try not to resize cylinders or arches after making them because it pulls the points off grid and gets really messy. If your measurements are powers of 2, though, the points will always be on grid (albeit possibly only at the 1u level). It's important to stay at a high grid level as much as possible chiefly because it makes everything easier, but also tons of other reasons you'll learn as you go.
     
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  5. MoonFox

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    All I want to say, is good luck in future endeavors, and also, don't forget to have fun. I genuinely hope you the best as anyone, new or old.
     
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  6. Leminnes

    aa Leminnes

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    This was by far the toughest thing for me to learn when I started mapping. Made even more difficult by the detail stage where props often do not jive well (or at all) with larger grids.

    Just don't let yourself ever go below 2x2 grid. If you do go down to 1x1, make it only briefly and then go back to 2x2. But the higher the better. I prefer 4x4 for the most part. Easy for making smaller details, but big enough to make 16 unit wide walls.
     
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  7. Pocket

    aa Pocket func_croc

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    [​IMG] "Jibe."
     
  8. Crash

    aa Crash func_nerd

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    To add to th is, if you aren't detailing and are just in the blocking out stage, 16 is as low as I'd personally go. Even then, I'd only do that for thinner walls. The higher the better at the early blocking out stage.
     
  9. MoonFox

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    16 units is the max clipping distance for all player models, anything smaller could have model clipping issues, the only reason to have somethings smaller than 16 hammer units: is to make a sniper window or platform detailing, which are both part of mid to late beta phase, so for alpha, 16 for walls. 32 for environment objects
     
  10. worMatty

    aa worMatty Repacking Evangelist

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    Actually, a pyro's flamethrower model will pass through walls that are 16 units thick. I think the minimum brush width to prevent that is 24 units, so it's best to make walls in 32. Not that it matters much but it looks stupid.
     
  11. MoonFox

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    Well, gotta be honest, I did not know that
     
  12. Freyja

    aa Freyja ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    I use 8 for all my walls and never had a problem with it. It's not something that happens often at all.
     
  13. Leminnes

    aa Leminnes

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    True, but it's better to be safe than sorry. I include walls thinner than 16 occasionally, but usually only in places where players won't be on the other side of them. I just think it's best practice to keep them at 16 as often as possible.

    Haha, yeah, that can happen but not even Valve seems to care much about that. The majority of their walls are 16 units thick.
     
  14. theatreTECHIE

    aa theatreTECHIE Yet another Techie for the net...

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    Isn't it also that flames can hit a person standing on the other side of an 8 unit wall? (Like with the setup gates)
     
  15. worMatty

    aa worMatty Repacking Evangelist

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