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The size of the image isn't really important at this point. The most important thing is the fact that the mapping gizmo is square. 54 Apply the UVW Map modifier once the elements have been arranged. by being square, the mapping will eventually be able to conform to the "powers of 2" rule (that is, a 512 x 512 or 256 x 256 texture page). Render at a high enough resolution to go down to the target resolution instead of up. Once the map has been applied, apply an Unwrap UVW modifier to lock the mapping coordinates to the mesh.

Texturing a shadow on the inside of a character's thigh might look great in a static environment, but if it's lit and shaded dynamically (as is the case in most game engines), that same forced shadow can look out of place and affect the quality of the character. SUMMARY A great real-time game character can be broken down into five different elements: design, model, texture, animations, and sound. In order for the character to be built to move, its design, model, and texture have to succeed in specific areas.

Because the Biped is created after the mesh is done, there's really no way to know what kind of "tweaking" needs to be done until the mesh is complete. However, never be afraid to make adjustments to your mesh during any part of the animation process. TEXTURE: MAPS Texture maps are another major consideration when ensuring a real-time character is "built to move," and they contribute significantly to the overall success of the character. Texture maps are the image files applied to the mesh to give the illusion of being a realistic character.

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