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Map Baking Techniques for Games in Maya

by Eddie Russell

When preparing assets to go into a game engine, many different types of texture maps are typically required. This Maya tutorial will break down 3 major types of maps used in game pipelines and teach you efficient and effective ways to bake each right inside of Maya. Software required: Maya 2015.

What you'll learn

When preparing assets to go into a game engine, many different types of texture maps are typically required. This Maya tutorial will break down 3 major types of maps used in game pipelines and teach you efficient and effective ways to bake each right inside of Maya. We'll begin by learning how to prepare geometry for the baking process by blowing it up or exploding it. From here we'll focus on the ID map and learn how to configure materials for it and then bake it out. Next we'll move on to the normal map. Not only will we learn how to bake out our normal map, but we'll also learn about some common problems with baked normal maps and how to fix them. Lastly, we'll learn how to bake the ambient occlusion map out for our game asset. After finishing this Maya training, you'll know how to get these three major type of maps ready for your game assets, without ever leaving Maya. Software required: Maya 2015.

About the author

Eddie began teaching creative professionals over ten years ago for Digital Tutors. In 2014 Digital Tutors was acquired by Pluralsight and he continued his focus on creating high quality training for artists in both the film and games industries. With a background in graphic design and illustration Eddie has always been focused on visual appeal. This can be seen through his courses in which he shares secrets for achieving production level quality for concept art, illustrations, textures, mater... more

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