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I'd like to get some tips on how to go about texturing my models. Uv-unwrapping is not something I excel at and unwrapping/ texturing models more complex than very basic geometric shapes proves somewhat difficult.

 

My models aren't particularly complex to begin with. They're mostly manipulated cubes, very low poly (but still complex enough for me when joined). So I was wondering if it's possible to unwrap and texture these cubes separately and then join them into a complete mesh after the fact? Would it then have one single uv map and texture to deal with? And would it handle being exported for use in Leadwerks?

 

I work in Blender, by the way.

 

Thanks for all your help. :)

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Great news! I shall try. However, another question has popped up... Is there any way to maintain the material colors on a blender object when exporting as .fbx?

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You can use same texture file for multiple models, just dont overlap the UV faces, and you be ok.

 

But I advise to merge them first, then you proceed to UV. Or else you be struggling with UV scale, also

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just dont overlap the UV faces

What do you mean by this? I assume this is Blender specific because in Max, faces can share the same texture area, no problem (and in Leadwerks too).

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Unless is your intention to share the same texture space if multiple faces. like the textures in Valve Source.

 

 

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Thanks for all the great information. I'm not exactly worried about accuracy as this is more of a stylistic project. I could have gone for flat color, but I want more grittiness, so a certain amount of texturing is needed but relatively low-res.

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