Software for generating normal maps
There are lots of software for generating normal maps, and various other maps needed or wanted so that you can apply them to your models and achieve better visual results.
The problem is that some work better than others, and some cost money while others are free.
Today I’ll be going over a list of a few different software packages I’ve found that seem to be popular, and work well for the intended purposes.
This is a free software package that you can use to create normal maps. It is regularly updated, and is used by lots of professionals.
This is a neat piece of free software that you can use to combine normal maps. I could see this being very handy.
I’ve used this tool before and it seems pretty good. I’ve never done anything extensive with it though. It is free in any case.
ssBumpGenerator (Source Engine Only)
This is a free software for creating bump maps in the source engine. (Valve likes to think their special).
NormalMapOnline (Super Cool)
This is one of my favorites. This is a totally free online map generator. It can generate four different types of maps, but sadly it cannot generate maps from photos. The author says he is pretty busy and more donations would help him spend more time to work on it. Otherwise you got to use your own heightmap.
This site has some errors on it, but this is a free software suite for creating various maps.
This is an older piece of software that was created by allegorithmic the guys behind Substance Designer/Painter. It is free software, and it really powerful so it might be worth a look. Note though it is old, and not really support much anymore.
This is another online normal map generation tool. This one unlike the other lets you use photos, but as far as I can tell it JUST makes normal maps.
nDo (Not nDo2)
nDo is a powerful normal map creation script for Photoshop.
Out of everything I’ve mentioned the one program I recommend. Which is also the one program I happened to pay for, and is not free, but is pretty cheap is MindTex. It is a very cheap successor (i’d say) to crazybump.
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