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@Andrew Shpagin version .63 - Render Room resets after switching to other rooms. If you change exposure, switch on space reflections and illumination or any other setting, it goes to defaults after you switch to other rooms.

Flat shading still doesn't work as it should... visible intersections. It doesn't work correctly in 4.9.72 and all versions of 2021.

 

3DCoat 2021.63[floating, used 2 of 5] 18.10.2021 14_34_18.png

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Personally, the reason I wished for the ability to subdivide a surface before baking the textures to vertex painting was for storing colour data of a small 3d-scan on the high poly. there was then a workaround with projection tool to transfer the depth data to sculpt layers, so that you could use clone tool to repair bad areas.
(you need only 12 million vertices to store the pixels from a 4k texture with 70% coverage).
However, I have never managed to convince anyone of the usefulness of vertex colour for repairing scans, let alone voxelization of a copy for repairs. (I think people are horrified at the loss of detail). (an improvement to the tool "bake color from visible volumes" could be to also bake depth but reprojection tool can already do that).

Now if your scan has a normal map, and even if not you can use albedo as depth, then when you do this ppp>sculpt, the depth is already on sculpt layers. (the reason to have depth on sculpt layers is so that you can use clone to repair bad areas)

However, I think that the most important use case for this new tool is 3d printing !
People can now buy a lowpoly and print it with all the normal map detail !
I think this is the use case that should be advertised for this feature.

one small issue is that you have to adjust the depth after subdivision. first iteration of the tool was too weak, now I think it is too strong, but maybe it will always depend on several factors (original files, and level of subdivision?), so maybe a preview and a slider would be possible ?
If all the normal map data is on the normal map itself, you only need to adjust that layer, but in the case you are using a .3b file in which you have painted on many layers, adjusting depth may become a bit complicated (paint layers do not show what type of information they are storing).

As a matter of fact there is a similar issue with the "bake light with reflection" tool, it is not "what you see is what you get".
On the subject of "bake light with reflection", in order for the tool to match and surpass what Substance Painter can do, it would be necessary to bake reflections from light sources (including emissive). Emissive could be used to compensate for the lack of point lights and spot lights in the render room (unless they are there and I have not found them?).

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My huion tablet has not worked well for a long time. With the latest updates the brush strokes work perfect. (thanks!)
Now floating menus partially work.
You can move them and some dropdowns, sliders works. but click boxes don´t work. Sculpttree menu too - eye icon and circle.
On the other hand, if I use the mouse, they work perfectly.

Video only with tablet. no mouse

2021.61 Mac version

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Hi, I don’t know how to say this correctly, and what it’s called in 3d, but I saw such an opportunity in blender, when there is a brush, there is a texture (alpha or black and white with a gradient) - and I hold the brush over the right place, hold down LMB, I take it to the side, and according to the b & w texture, the 3D version of my texture grows at this place (as the mouse is pulled to the side). Tell me please.

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4 hours ago, Barrel said:

Hi, I don’t know how to say this correctly, and what it’s called in 3d, but I saw such an opportunity in blender, when there is a brush, there is a texture (alpha or black and white with a gradient) - and I hold the brush over the right place, hold down LMB, I take it to the side, and according to the b & w texture, the 3D version of my texture grows at this place (as the mouse is pulled to the side). Tell me please.

 Like this video ( 2.43 min)

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I have this old scarecrow I made a few years ago but can't find the original .3b file.
so, I wanted to use the new PPP>sculpt feature.
Problems arose :

-2021.64 : File>import model for PPP> select Collada file >> Crash

import in 4.9.74  > ok
import normal map > ok

save file. open in 2021.64 > ok
Bake > take subdivided mesh to the sculpt room > Normal map is not taken into account

delete normal map.
create new smart material > set to uv mapping > drag normal map into depth channel > 3d-Coat coverts to height map.
Fill layer > got this horrible result (I also added the displacement to albedo for better visualization)
image.thumb.png.c7186f76d8af16a048ecb682d7f8386a.png

 

Next, I deleted this layer and went to the textures menu > import displacement map as a last resort (using the normal map without conversion)
got this :
image.thumb.png.8a9a3d793e94278e1aaec58f623ee233.png

 

Better than nothing...
anyway, if only the conversion to height map in the smart material editor had worked, it would have been fine, I think.

next I did the "Bake > take subdivided mesh to sculpt room" and got this, which is more or less what I wanted. so as to rework it.

image.thumb.png.174182de63e66ff3af79bf07a0d71610.png

 

I just wanted to point out the struggle and the things that did not work.

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@Barrel  You can also use the stamp mode (in the E panel, hit the E key or look in the upper left hand corner, above the tool bar) to single click + drag and interactively scale the brush alpha or mask.

Load the alpha as a pen and use the stamp mode. Works exactly as I've seen in Blender vid.

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Here's something I've been asking about for a while. I don't know if there's a tool that could be made for it but I've wondered how people sculpt a regular pattern around the model, for example the hexagon pattern on Spider-Man's costume. With a texture you can just do it with a UV but in sculpting there is no UV. Cube mapping would have obvious seams.

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2 hours ago, philnolan3d said:

 but in sculpting there is no UV.

Now there is a workaround :
-create a temporary lowpoly in paint room
-do whatever you need a uv for
-do : Bake>take subdivided mesh to sculpt room
-reproject your pattern to the original sculpt.


EDIT :
BASICALLY, NOW, FOR EVERYTHING PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WANTING UV IN SCULPT ROOM, WE CAN DO IT NOW AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.


 

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2 hours ago, Grimmy said:

I feel that building base meshes with 3dcoat using the low poly modelling tools is completely broken so I decided to build my base mesh elsewhere and import it, but when I import it I get this... How do I solve it? 2021.61

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try lock normals in import dialog

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On difficult models, the profile along the curve does not work. For example, I'm trying to make a seam using the Seams brush and a texture from the ribbon tab. As a result, with a curvilinear trajectory, the seam is smeared over the entire model.

I try to sew a seam on the belt (in an open circle) and results is bed.

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