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It is working. But what for? Could you give before/after pictures to let us see that you've build this plugin for.

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I can see this being very useful in The Sims 2 game. For people who make custom content.

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wait so how does this work? id like to use this

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wait so how does this work? id like to use this

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You need to zip it. I don't know what the hell is up with your server or what, but it ends up serving me the file's ASCII encoding in text when I try to download that.

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You need to zip it. I don't know what the hell is up with your server or what, but it ends up serving me the file's ASCII encoding in text when I try to download that.

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it works for me but i dont get how to make the shape or anything like that i just used the effect and then im lost

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it works for me but i dont get how to make the shape or anything like that i just used the effect and then im lost

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im leaving now if any one can help please send me a private message

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im leaving now if any one can help please send me a private message

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Thanks for a great effect!

The download worked fine for me, as did the plugin.

Thanks

wait so how does this work? id like to use this

1) Download the DLL fille.

2) Copy/Paste the DLL into your Effects folder.

3) Now when you open Paint.NET and you click your Effects tab from the menu, you will notice this effect added to the bottom of your list of effects.

4) Load an image that is used for your models texture and grey scale it (turn it black & white).

5) Now use the effect on that greyscale image and you now have your normal map.

6) save the normal map and use it with whatever program your model will be used in.

Here is a quote from Ionozation.net that might help explain normal mapping ...

So what is Normal Mapping?

Normal mapping is a method where by the normals of a mesh are given more detailed lighting information by means of a bitmap image.

This give the mesh the appearance of more realistic lighting and more surface detail.

Normal maps are encoded to a bitmap image, much like a greyscale bump map.

The way in which they differ however is that in traditional bump mapping only distinct changes in elevation are registered.

A gradual change in height is almost impossible to perceive.

Normal maps not only describe height, but accurately depict the angle of faces and are able to describe curves and complex angles much more accurately.

In short, they create a much better illusion of height.

Normal maps are encoded in RGB values which are used to indicate which direction the normal faces relative to the face of the polygon it is mapped to.

The red channel describes normal facing in the X direction.

100% red means it is facing right 0% red means it is facing left.

A 50% value means it is facing straight out in the direction of the polygon.

The same goes for the green channel, except it is encoded to the Y axis up and down.

The blue channel theoretically encodes Z data which are values in height, however it seems to serve more as a base colour for the other two to work upon.

Normal maps can't contain values below 50% in this channel, as that would indicate normals pointing back towards the surface.

That is why normal maps appear to be primarily blue in colour.

Here is an example of a wall texture with and without the normal mapping/shaders applied...

WITHOUT Normal Mapping and Shaders...

http://www.conjured.us/fpsc/images/misc/alien_flat.jpg

WITH Normal Mapping and Shaders...

http://www.conjured.us/fpsc/images/misc/alien_flat_3.jpg

As you can see from the images above, the use of normal maps and shaders can make a your textures come alive with detail. (even flat surfaces)

This is a method that is used to create hi-poly detail on low-poly models, which gives outstanding visuals without the resource strain.

This is also a method that is basically a requirement for any DirectX 10 project, since it demands the use of these latest texturing tricks.

Thanks again Stinger, for one of the best and most needed plugins. You rock!

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Great plugin! A few layers of clouds, then run the plug-in on each, Turn them all to grayscale, set the top layer's blend mode to screen, merge, adjust brightness, repeat until you only have one layer, tint, and you have an awesome rock texture!

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The link does not seem to currently be directed to a current valid website.

Could you repost this somewhere. I would like to check it out. Thanks.

TikkiT

EDIT: My error, I just found it posted at the bottom of a similar request a couple posts back. Thank you.

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