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lapalabra Posted ·

Custom Detail Map - Projected Meshes

Hello. I writing to suggest the idea of having the ability to use custom "detail" layer with our projected meshes. Perhaps through a grayscale map or something similar?

Thank you.

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Expanding on this, it would be of great benefit for this to be integrated into all aprons, not just limited to projected meshes. Moving forward, I have no immediate plans on using projected meshes, as I don't currently see any sizable benefit over using regular aprons, custom textures, lines, and hatched areas.

What I do see are many projects that could benefit from a custom material detail map, or even a handful of new default maps if a custom is not possible. The very few detail maps we currently have are not suitable for all materials, especially when you start introducing custom materials.

Maybe in the future, there could also be a way to expand on this even more for the standard terrain textures as well. Right now, all textures outside of aprons seem to use a single ground detail texture. By having the possibility to define detail textures for dirt, grass, sand, rock, ect, this would give the terrain a much more varied feel when close to the ground, especially if they could be blended together.

Much like how grass height and color is calculated, I would think a similar process could be used to help automate this as well.

Maybe this one is going too far down the wishlist rabbit hole, but it's on my mind, so I'd rather get it out there!

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Hi again, here's an example of how projected meshes can shine over the traditional apron pavements. 1624408639055.png

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Hi, in my opinion, there are massive advantages to using projected meshes. Things like having full customization of your pavement in a PBR atmosphere with masks and FX's (like water puddles, etc), also dirt via procedurals. Further more, we're able to add "thickness" to pavement via height maps. You might definitely want to look into the benefits. Albeit, more work, but well worth it.

Have a wonderful day!!

-La Palabra

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