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Generating Normal Maps

Normal maps can turn boring smooth shaded models into detailed and realistic looking ones. Generating normal maps are as easy. You just need a normal map generator( or write on yourself). here is tools:

NDO This is a powerful photoshop plugin for creating normal maps. This was free then became a commercial project. The free one can be found here, but i think the commercial project was taken down. The author’s website is here and a tutorial is here.

NormalMapper This application find the dfference between hi-res and low-res models and output the difference in normal maps. Link here.

NormalMapper(AMD) AMD seems to have a normal map generator with the same name. It’s not in development anymore, but its still available for download.

SSBump Generator This is a free tool for making self shadowed bump maps for valve’s source game engine

Normal Map Generator Another free tool for making normal maps. Made by the same person who made the SSBump Generator. This one makes it easier t…

Useful IntelliJ Resources for dummies

Links on the IntelliJ site:1. The main documentation page2.Demos and tutorials including a couple of new Groovy support demonstrations3. 25 things you can do with IntelliJ 8 you can’t do with 74.Mac Keymap reference5.Windows/Linux keymap reference6.The Jetbrains IntelliJ blog. A great way of getting tips from the guys that wrote it, and keeping up to date with improvements. DZone: Intellij in 7 pages7.The DZone refcard for Intellij My personal faves8. Command Shift-A to bring up a search window for actions. This one I think of as Quicksilver for my IDE.9. Alt-Enter to trigger intentions. Problem with your code? Let the IDE suggest a refactor to correct it.10. Ctrl-n for auto-generation of Java code. Getter and setter boilerplate getting you down(and you can’t switch from Java to Groovy)? Want a nice compact toString() on a class with 20 member variables? Let the IDE do the heavy lifting.11. The Javadoc Sync plugin. This goes well with #10 to javadoc all those getters and setter…