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For the next couple of weeks we thought that we'd give you a little more in-depth look on what goes on behind the scenes and how we actually make the mod. This week we decided to start off with our Texturing department.

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Welcome to Friday Update #14!

We should rename this to weekend update or something...

We've been having alot of fun showing what our mod is going to be like when you get your grubby little hands on it. For the next couple of weeks we thought that we'd give you a little more in-depth look on what goes on behind the scenes and how we actually make the mod. This week we decided to start off with our Texturing department.



Friday Update 14 Texture / Ref demonstration Friday Update 14 Texture / Ref demonstration



Texturing a character is a very important part of game design. A good texture can make or break the mesh it's applied to. An engine like half-life has limits in how high poly and detailed the mesh itself can be, so alot of the detail relies on the texture of that mesh. A good texture artist should be able to skin on little details and have them look just as good as if they had been modelled on adding a high level of detail to where there previously was none.

But I get ahead of myself. The first step to a good skin is a good skinmap. What's a skinmap? Well think of it this way. Remember in grade school when you had those pieces of paper with shapes that you cut out and then folded into 3-D cubes and triangles? Skinmapping is doing the exact opposite of that. We take a 3-D object, and then 'unwrap' it so that it's laid out flat on a surface that makes it alot easier for us to draw on.



Friday Update 14 Texture / Ref demonstration Friday Update 14 Texture / Ref demonstration




So now you have your most important pieces done. It's time to move onto texturing. The biggest mistake that texture artists just starting out have is that they find a reference that they like and then use it to skin their model. When texturing it's important to find at least 5 different references of your character, because depending on the angle or artist drawing that character they will more than likely look different.

In the first example above you can see two pictures of Sakura's face. Each picture has decidedly different eyestyles but both are of the same character. The job of the texture artist is to take both of this refs (and any more they may be able to find) and find a happy medium that always conveys the character no matter what angle they are being viewed at.

Texturing a body in an engine like half-life is also a challenge. You have to skin the mesh in such a way that lighting will always be properly hitting it. Usually the best way to do this is just to set the light source above the mesh, and ingame it comes out nicely. Remember to skin on smaller items that wouldn't need to be modelled, as outlined in the second example.

The rest is up to practice and keeping at it. If you're looking to get seriously involved in the texturing scene search up on google for some real tutorials, and not just a rough break down of what I did here, best of luck to all of you!



Stay tuned for even more updates next week!

- The NNK Team

Comments
sinful
sinful

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eh, its still a hl1 mod and will never come close to the possibilities of a hl2 mod.

Ive got no idea why you even bother spending the time on a hl1 mod, by the time your done with thid diablo3 and sc2 will be out and no1 will play it, but hey, its your life.

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koddak99
koddak99

Oh Come On Thats Harsh , Ive Never Watched Naruto In My Life , But Ill Still Play It XD , They Have Spent Some Quality Time On This Mod 10/10.

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KiraKid
KiraKid

Graphics aren't everything to everyone, and for it being HL1 they are making it look pretty nice.

Heck, if they're gonna go for graphics, then they would go for a more graphically powerful engine than Source(HL2) :P

Also I don't see what Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2 have to do with people who will be playing a Naruto mod for HL1? I don't see how that ties together.

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s0edh3
s0edh3

I am not an anime fan but it looks great

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

Yeah I don't like Naruto but this definately shows that even with a legacy engine you can STILL make a game that shines.

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araphon1
araphon1

Eh, sinful, did it ever occur to you that the developers of this game might not care which game YOU are playing at the time they release this mod?

There are alot of people, ALOT, who still play half life 1 mods when we feel like it. Just because you weren't born when half life 1 was released doesn't mean the rest of humanity is as short sighted.

Besides, coding in source is different from coding in half life, so I guess the developers stick to what they know best.

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sinful
sinful

You play hl1 mods beacuse mommy wont buy you a new computer and keep uptodate with the growing tech. Go get a job and stay up to times.

and who says i wasnt born?

Even if i wasnt, at least my ***** is still growing while your stays at a small 3 inches. GG internet owned.

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DJ-Ready Author
DJ-Ready

Uuh look how mature you guys can argue .. talking about age huh?

Anyways .. bash HL all you want but in the end nobody cares if you like the engine our mod or not.

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DJ-Ready Author
DJ-Ready

yeah and we have a lot of fun doing it :)
Thats what matters to us :P

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stonecold23
stonecold23

most of the highest quality mods i have played recently have been hl1 based. only recently have the source mods been starting to shine through.
and this is looking good to me.
good point dj; after all isnt modding all about fun?

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Aeneas2020
Aeneas2020

nice work, loved the way you showed your design process don't be put off by naysayers and your talent will shine through

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sikboy1029
sikboy1029

looks awesome, definitely going on my mod watch list

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