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#### DESPEREAUX

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##### Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« on: June 14, 2022, 07:43:24 AM »

Hi everybody! Here I was somehow carried away by modding Skyrim, I made my own modpack, well, I had to learn how to draw textures for it, and there the textures are a little more complicated than in IL-2 1946, they have masks and normal maps. Well, why all this, I got the idea to use it for IL-2 skins, and you can see the result in the examples below. The image becomes not flat but voluminous, it acquires relief. This effect can be used to improve textures for maps too.
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Decided to share with you maybe someone will be useful.

https://www.mediafire.com/file/r5u87gbn0vd0cdl/Fw190A5_texture_template_K2.7z/file

Step 1. Find the Void of the desired aircraft, it is desirable that it has only a white rivet background, shadows, and technical elements. Whatever there is dirt, smudges, etc.
Step 2. Take this Void, make it black and white, make it the right size and contrast.
Step 3. Now using the right tools in different programs in different ways, I did it in Photoshop, "Filter - 3D - Create Normal Map", create a normal map. We do an inversion of the heights so that the convex parts are convex and not depressed.
Step 4. We take our normal map, convert it to black and white, and substitute it under the skin we want to improve.
Set the skinning mode for this normal map to "hard light".
Step 5. Correct the overlay, merge, and save in the desired format.
The example file is in the archive.
By the way, if someone is interested in my skyrim modpack, you can download it here:

Thank you all for your attention!
Enjoy!
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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2022, 07:51:46 AM »

This is quite interesting Despereaux,

Could you post in-game screenies of both skins side by side ?
It would be really informative to have the ingame comparison.

Kopfdorfer
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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2022, 08:19:10 AM »

This is quite interesting Despereaux,

Could you post in-game screenies of both skins side by side ?
It would be really informative to have the ingame comparison.

Kopfdorfer

Indeed, I forgot to make an example in the game.
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#### DESPEREAUX

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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2022, 08:22:32 AM »

Yes, it's noticeable in the game

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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2022, 02:54:23 AM »

Interesting experiment, but perhaps as it appears in your examples it seems a bit excessive to me, the FW190 looks like it has been chewed ....

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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2022, 03:07:51 AM »

... yep, unfortunately, the final result has nothing to do with the real FW190A ...

May be this effect could be best used for clouds, or even map textures ...
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#### DESPEREAUX

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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2022, 03:31:36 AM »

Interesting experiment, but perhaps as it appears in your examples it seems a bit excessive to me, the FW190 looks like it has been chewed ....

Yes, of course, the result is exaggerated, well, this is for clarity I wanted to show the very essence. Of course, the relief needs to be corrected, somewhere to make an inversion, somewhere to remove it altogether.
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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2022, 03:34:44 AM »

... for sure, because as is, the result looks like some sort of an inflatable aircaft ...
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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2022, 03:35:18 AM »

... yep, unfortunately, the final result has nothing to do with the real FW190A ...

May be this effect could be best used for clouds, or even map textures ...

Maybe FW is not a good example, but on the ailerons and tail you can still notice the relief. Perhaps this can be seen more clearly on bombers.
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#### DESPEREAUX

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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2022, 03:36:43 AM »

... for sure, because as is, the result looks like some sort of an inflatable aircaft ...
That's for sure
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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2022, 04:04:40 AM »

Nice one D!

A good deduction, and yes completely understand that the effect can be varied with different merge settings etc etc.

Many thanks for posting the concept and instructions to do it...I'm off now to give it a go!

Cheers

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##### Re: Fw190A5 Volumetric skin
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2022, 05:45:20 AM »

Nice to hear! Wish you success
Best wishes
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