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Maya Transfer Maps Tools to Create Normal Maps

This tutorial served as an introduction on how to generate and apply Normal Maps in Maya 8.5 with Transfer Maps tools.


"Transfer Maps" uses two meshes, one is a high polygon count model with high quality details and another is a low polygon model. The idea is to transfer surface details from high polygon count model to the lower one by generating a map called "Normal Map". The map is then applied to the lower polygon count model, when the low-poly model was rendered, the details will be shown in the final render. It is very useful in a real-time game engine where lower polygon count means better game performance.

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