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FekLeyrTarg
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the externalised textures have fixed the issue.
Thank you very much for your efforts.

Eevee is a bit funky with my Repair Facility at the moment. For some reason, a few faces, most notably on the corner-lights, are invisible for some reason. Cycles doesn't have that issue.

Also, is it intended that reflective/metallic materials have that blue-ish kind of tint?

In the coming days, I'd like to test each script in the Tiberian Sun scene to see if there are still any issues aside from the already mentioned issue with the two shadow scripts.

On a more personal note:
This Blender template is a dream coming true for me.
I already wanted to make buildings for Tiberian Sun 10 years ago but I lacked the skills necessary back then.

Despite the current issues, this template really is a game changer for me. Blender is the 3D program I feel the most comfortable with and I have lots of fun modelling and animating in that program.

So I highly encourage you to keep working on the template, so that it becomes the best template it can be. It really has a whole lot of potential.

I really can't wait to being able to import my buildings into TS with a working shadow pass.
But take all the time you need. There's no rush in finishing. Smile


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Lin Kuei Ominae
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why is that concrete octagon column below the repair facility having a completely different lighting than the prism tower?
The SE side is much brighter than the SW side. It should be vice versa.

Somehow the repair facility is following a different lighting than the prism tower.
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DonutArnold
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume it's backface, as it's lit from the other side.

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FekLeyrTarg
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lin Kuei Ominae wrote:
why is that concrete octagon column below the repair facility having a completely different lighting than the prism tower?
The SE side is much brighter than the SW side. It should be vice versa.

Somehow the repair facility is following a different lighting than the prism tower.


That column is the hole, which is supposed to be seen only in the buildup animation.
The strange lighting may be caused by the fact that the normals are pointed to the inside rather than the outside.
(Note that I've placed a point light inside the hole so that it is visible at all.)

I have yet to place a plane with a hole on the scene again to cover up the parts which are not supposed to be seen. I did that in earlier versions of the scene-file.
However, I'm waiting until the most critical bugs are fixed.


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FekLeyrTarg
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My apologies for double posting but I have important news:
Blender 2.81 has been released with many more improvements.
https://www.blender.org/download/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twWUdjdm-a8

I'll test the current template later today to see whether or not anything else has been broken besides TS' shadow pass script. Smile

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DonutArnold
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooo, nice! I'll download it right away. I'll make some critical changes to the template since I've been waiting for holdout shader for Eevee and some other features.

TS shadow layer didn't work because the Render Layers node wasn't connected.

Blue tint shininess for specular materials is intended because I'm trying to have more realistic approach, metals reflects the blue sky (especially in RA2, but I'm not sure about TS, I'm thinking of using different sky for it). I recommend you to decrease specular and metal values if you don't like the blue tint.

EDIT: Using boolean modifier on the plane works better than manually cutting it. You can use any shape you want as the boolean cut object.

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Lin Kuei Ominae
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For TS I gave my reflective metal materials a slightly yellow tinted color for the specular color (something around RGB 255,255,220).
Due to the yellow sky shown in most WW renders and the more sandy barren environment which would be reflected as well.
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FekLeyrTarg
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point about the booleans. This should make life much easier.

I've decided to fiddle a bit with Photoshop to tint the studio sky in a yellow-ish tone for TS. It may still need a bit of fiddling but it doesn't look so bad.
I think I should look into making this effect a bit more subtle.

If you'd like, feel free to use the photoshopped sky for the next version of your template. Smile

Edit: I've found the unconnected renderlayer and reconnected it. Thanks to pointing me towards it.


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DonutArnold
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@LKO: Thanks for the feedback, I made a special environment texture for TS scene, so it'll have a tint of yellow instead of blue.

@FekLeyrTarg: Thanks! However, as I stated above, I already made one and will release another alpha at some point.

Here's some update, added background textures (procedular) for preview 2 script, so it'll be easier to match the assets with the game itself. A little taste:


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FekLeyrTarg
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic. I'm looking forward to the new alpha. Smile

By the way:
As 2.81 has introduced that new AI Denoiser: Would you like to make use of it in your template?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FekLeyrTarg wrote:
Fantastic. I'm looking forward to the new alpha. Smile

By the way:
As 2.81 has introduced that new AI Denoiser: Would you like to make use of it in your template?


Just tested it on AO pass and result is really nice as AO is normally really noisy. Thanks for the tip!

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FekLeyrTarg
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonutArnold wrote:

Just tested it on AO pass and result is really nice as AO is normally really noisy. Thanks for the tip!


You're welcome. Smile

I've talked to LKO about my renders.
It looks like the template does some anti-aliasing when rendering, causing blue edges to be visible on the object.
Do you know what's causing this?
I've rendered everything in PNG 8-bit.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's caused by old method to render buildups in Eevee, I used Keying node to remove the bg color, but I replaced it with Holdout plane right after Blender 2.81 was released. Here's another alpha with some more fixes and tunings:


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