Displacement + flat brush + VRAD = ugly shadows

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by The Asylum, May 7, 2010.

  1. The Asylum

    aa The Asylum

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    So anyone who's played Checkpoint knows about this teensy problem:


    Now that I'm done with the cliff faces, I'm trying to figure out how I'm supposed to get rid of those ugly shadows. On the left is a trench build with displacements, and on the right is a flat regular ol brush.
  2. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    You need to combine their smoothing groups. But angled edges like this, displacement or not, will have some form of shadow seeming due to the different levels of light hitting its face. Dustbowl has this issue throughout its play area, particularly infront of the second to last CP. I havn't actually used smoothing groups myself because it is usually the result of bad lighting. An overhead light of some form would reduce the lightmap seem.

    For smoothing groups see:

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFwKMgf6FJ0"]YouTube- SourceSDK Tutorial - Smoothing Groups[/nomedia]

    edit: alternatively, there's not much reason to keep that piece of the ground solid geometry, you can make it a displacement and if you want vis to be blocked, fill its previously solid volume with nodraw. This should help smoothing groups more naturally, IE you probably wouldn't have to use smoothing groups in the texture panel.
    Last edited: May 7, 2010
  3. Nutomic

    Nutomic L11: Posh Member

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    As grazr said, i would just use a displacement for that brush, too.

    Generally, i dont see any reason for making rocks/ground and stuff not displaced.