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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
00005063D-Coat v3.xPaint roompublic2014-04-06 16:41
ReporterTarosAssigned ToAndrew 
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
PlatformPCOSWindows 7OS Version64 Bit
Product Version3.7.10 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0000506: Artefacts when painting with normals
DescriptionWhen I paint with normals in per pixel mode, then ugly artefacts appear. I remember this problem, it is still an old issue. It makes it impossible to paint with normals.

Any quick idea to avoid this?
Do you have an idea for a final solution?

I don't have the time to sculpt high poly models and bake the results then to the lowres meterial. This is the reason to paint directly with normals.
Steps To ReproduceSee my attachment. If you need more info, drop me a note in this thread.
Additional InformationIt would be nice if someone could confirm this bug.
TagsNo tags attached.



2012-04-30 18:30


3dc_normalartefacts01.jpg (376,082 bytes)
3dc_normalartefacts01.jpg (376,082 bytes)


2012-04-30 19:31

reporter   ~0001445

Last edited: 2012-04-30 19:35

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This problem looks like an old problem that 3DCoat has with elongated polygons that are non-planar.
Take the default creature and in PPP mode ( no subdivision) and use the alpha that is next to the pyramid alpha. Paint a large area around the thigh/hip area of the creature and you will notice quite a bit of distortion in normal map. Most your artifacts in your model are in slightly elongated polygons that maybe cross more than one axis plane.

Internally I think 3DCoat trianlates PPP mesh but still the problems seem to effect the models. Andrew would have to confirm this though.

Now these are just guesses, though I know in Version 2, Andrew said elongated polygons caused problems.

Taros, you are a professional so, the above is mentioned not because of a incorrect model but just to give more information to solving the problem.

The information I given is to the best of my knowledge but Andrew you can correct any information and I will note it...


2012-05-05 15:30

administrator   ~0001446

Last edited: 2012-05-05 15:33

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Thank you digman. :)

I've tried a workaround by sculpting in microvertex mode.
I imported my ppp model there and sculpted the normalmap information. After this step I exported the normal map information and used this texture for the per pixel painting. All this worked well.

However. A solution for a clean normalmap painting in ppp mode would be great.

Digman: I will check the tip about the polygons.

I keep this issue open for now.


2012-07-23 20:13

administrator   ~0001525

Generally such problem will not appear if you will paint not too deep layer. PPP works well for small frequent details, but badly for smooth deep details. Just know it and use it for corresponding purpose. I hope some day it will be improved.


2012-07-24 10:02

administrator   ~0001526

@Andrew: Could you explain it a little bit more, please. What do you mean: "Not paint in deep layer." ?
Which way is the best to avoid seams when painting with normal maps in pp mode?
Give us a hint please.


2012-07-24 10:43

reporter   ~0001527

Last edited: 2012-07-24 10:47

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He means you must not use normal maps to "Sculpt",meaning not to add large deep indents like you did in your attachment.
It is to be used to add high frequency details like skin pores,rock cracks,ect....
I recommend to import your model in microvertex subdivided(2x/4x).
Do your large details in Tweak room with Draw brush then export a normal map for lowpoly from texture menu.
You can then load that normal map in PPP and keep painting .
It is not more work for you.

With small surface details problem with seams is highly reduced,unless you zoom very close to seam with camera;it is the nature of Tangent space nmmaps it cannot be avoided.
Object space nm is much more forgiving(but it is to be used only with static objects as it is not meant to be deformed,so it is good for environement and objects ,not characters)
Shader used in game engine is also important,some shaders will make TS nmaps seams much more apparent.


2012-07-24 10:45

administrator   ~0001528

If you will take brush of big radius and try to paint in PPP you will see edges of faces - this is problem. But if you will paint frequent details with noisy brush or small radius brush - all will work well there. Generally I hope to resolve the problem until V4.


2012-07-27 14:07

administrator   ~0001540

@Andrew: This would be great.

@artman: Thank you.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2012-04-30 18:30 Taros New Issue
2012-04-30 18:30 Taros Status new => assigned
2012-04-30 18:30 Taros Assigned To => Andrew
2012-04-30 18:30 Taros File Added: 3dc_normalartefacts01.jpg
2012-04-30 19:31 digman Note Added: 0001445
2012-04-30 19:32 digman Note Edited: 0001445 View Revisions
2012-04-30 19:35 digman Note Edited: 0001445 View Revisions
2012-05-05 15:30 Taros Note Added: 0001446
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2012-07-23 20:13 Andrew Note Added: 0001525
2012-07-24 10:02 Taros Note Added: 0001526
2012-07-24 10:43 artman Note Added: 0001527
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2012-07-24 10:45 Andrew Note Added: 0001528
2012-07-24 10:47 artman Note Edited: 0001527 View Revisions
2012-07-27 14:07 Taros Note Added: 0001540
2014-04-06 16:41 carlosa Status assigned => resolved
2014-04-06 16:41 carlosa Resolution open => fixed