[Useful] 2D Dome Skybox Template

Discussion in 'Tutorials & Resources' started by Ravidge, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Ravidge

    aa Ravidge Grand Vizier

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    First! If you want to create a custom skybox, read: This thread by Rexy (click).

    Drawing a skybox from scratch is very fun and really makes you have control of your environment settings. But once you're done and find that the sky actually looks like a large cube/box with your 6 images slapped on the inside (visible seams and crooked clouds) you quickly lose any entusiasm you had.

    I've done this, twice.
    And I have now finally taken the time to do 'something' about it, It's not a perfect solution, but atleast it gives some kind of guidance to how the images are disorted to form the illusion of a dome, instead of a cube.

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    Look at that, it's great. Trust me.

    I don't have much more to say so without further delay:
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    Dropbox mirror: https://www.dropbox.com/s/idzuakb96yc0xwl/skybox_template.zip?dl=0
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    I hope this helps someone. I did not spend a whole lot of time on this since the images were generated using another program, but I think making it available in this form (template) is a lot easier.
    I could not find a automatic photoshop filter/transform that would replicate this 'shape', if anyone does manage to find such a tool. Be sure to share it! :)
     
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  2. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    That's odd, it doesn't distort the bottom?
     
  3. Ravidge

    aa Ravidge Grand Vizier

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    Well, it does, but considering most valve skyboxes doesn't even include that part of the texture I didn't want to clutter it up too much.
    If requested I can easily provide versions where the bottom is also wireframed. (just flip them 180) :)
     
  4. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    Ah, i see, didn't notice what was going on there. :O
     
  5. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    Suggestion: mark each side lf/rt/ft/bk as well as marking 0/90/180/270
     
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  6. TwashMan

    TwashMan L1: Registered

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    What program do you recommend distorting the image with?
     
  7. Crowbar

    aa Crowbar perfektoberfest

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    Any capable of doing so. And 7 year thread bumps aren't very appereciated.
     
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  8. MaccyF

    aa MaccyF Notoriously Unreliable

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    7 year bumps are fine if they are for a reasonable purpose

    like asking a question
     
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  9. Mikroscopic

    aa Mikroscopic

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    I remember trying to do this and I couldn't find any sort of program that would distort an image in this way. So I would ask this question as well.
     
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  10. Muddy

    Server Staff Muddy Muddy

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    This is a very interesting guide and I'm sad it got buried so deeply

    Would be neato if someone expanded on it a lil tho, such as recommending programs that can do this kind of distorting.
     
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