Usage

last updated:9-14-09

BEST RESULTS
For best results do not use High contrast or harshly lit images. Mildly lit textures are best. Black or dark shadows may show up as flat spots, overexposed highlights may also. The best light source would be directly facing the texture, as if coming from the camera

TO RUN:
Filter/ Mikes Normal Map V.95

TO Make A NORMAL MAP
Filter/ Mikes Normal Map V.95
Effects= Map Normals
RUN

If Prompted: “The selected workspace will modify menu and or…….”
YES + Don’t Show Again

Layer/Flatten Image

Filter/ Mikes Normal Map V.95
Effects= Normalize
Run

SETTINGS

Normalize
This changes the image from the Editable State to a corrected and accurate normal map.

Detail Selection Range
Includes a range details based on size. excludes details outside of range.
Press Preview to show what details are being used in the process.
After pressing OK the image will reset but settings remain. (Don’t worry).

Custom colors
If required by the render engine, one can create custom colors that will be used when creating the image. Full RGB control. Although probably needs some work.

TRANSFORMS

These settings can only be used: AFTER you run “Map Normals” AND BEFORE “merge all visible layers” and ONLY on Layer “Normal”.

Rotation
the default color orientation for the image is, the top is up. Depending on you UVWs this might not be what you want. Effect color will only change the color orientation.
You can make a selection before running this and it will only effect the selection.  180 degree rotation will invert the normals.


ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

combine with existing normal map
Run the script as desired, do not flatten the image

Copy the “Normal” layer to the existing normal

Merge all Visible layers

Effects= Normalize

Normalize will not effect any of the existing normal information, only the new data. Honest

Edit Normal Height
Run the script as desired, do not flatten the image

(decrease)
Select the “Normal” layer
adjust Opacity

(increase)
Duplicate the “normal” layer for 2x
adjust the opacity for less

Layer/Flatten Image

Effects= Normalize

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