Monday, 3 February 2014

FMP: Modelling vegetation

Creating vegetation is probably the most enjoyable thing I have done for this project so far. I can allow myself for a little bit more since Cryengine is a powerful tool and can handle much more drawcalls than, let's say, UDK.

Instead of making a grass texture out of a photo I thought it would be better to just create my own and bake it down.

I used Twist, Bend and FFD modifiers to change shape of individual blades.

I rendered them as a 2048 x 2048 sheet and the only thing left was to change the hue of each bunch to give it a bit of variety. The good thing about this technique is that you instantly, together with diffuse render, get an alpha image. Therefore I didn't have to waste time to mask it out manually in Photoshop.

There is so much space left in this texture sheet; I will probably add some weeds later on.

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The rest of vegetation is still in progress but I'm quite pleased with how it's turning out.

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