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12 December 2006, 08:00 PM
Ive used the photoshop normal map filter to create a map,
and applied it using the 2d bump node (space tanget normals mode) I assume this is right?
However it doesnt display in the viewport

Ive tried to run the CG plugin to show pixel shading in real time. It seems to only work wiht maya 5 :/

can anyone help me out?


12 December 2006, 08:04 PM
you have to use a dx9 shader for displaying normalmaps in viewport (the pink material)

12 December 2006, 08:10 PM
Sounds like you're using Maya? Try cutting on High Quality Rendering in the viewport.
If that's not enough, here's some more info: (there are other tutors here that might also help, drop back to the tutor index)

12 December 2006, 08:38 PM
Hi, i've also got the same problem. Is the DX9 shader the same thing as the cgfxShader, or am i just very confused? If so, how is it used? When i put the high rendering on, my object appears strange, with black marks all over it :S


12 December 2006, 08:55 PM
Hey guys,
I have got it to work with the help of that tutorial. However it has these wierd black splodges on the surface when I put high quality rendering on:s. They change as you move the camera about.

To me this sounds like a graphics hardware thing

I havnt used this Dx9 shader, I can make a cgfxShader (pink material) if that is what you mean? but how do you use this ?



12 December 2006, 10:06 PM
posting a pic of your error helps.

you can use or some other free image hosting service if you dont have space.

12 December 2006, 10:11 PM
hey darken! sounds like maya doesn't support your graphicscard.
I canīt use highquality rendering neither. You can check if your card is supported on:

Hope it helped!

12 December 2006, 12:53 PM
hey again! Iīve found a workaround for this issue that works for me. You can use cgfx-shaders with highquality rendering. If you want to give it a shot you can download some cgfx-shaders from LINK (
Donīt forget to enable the plugin in the pluginmanager. Also see the maya help for more support.

12 December 2006, 01:44 PM
Those black splotches are from the maximum ray casting search envelope. Changing that in your app should fix that problem.

12 December 2006, 05:16 PM
LuciusVE: never heard of that, where do you change it??

12 December 2006, 06:55 PM
It's actually not something the Photoshop plugin has.

12 December 2006, 07:03 PM
are you getting big black splotches (is that a word?), or just flickering black lines on certain areas?

12 December 2006, 08:10 PM
If my graphics card doesn't have the pixel shading extensions needed for Maya's hardware rendering, then there is no chance at all I can use normal maps, right?

If so, then bummer :( I'll have to wait a few more weeks for my new card then.

12 December 2006, 10:23 PM
flickering splodges apparently... from what i can find out its a ATI card issue ...

12 December 2006, 06:32 AM
i actualy have the same issue in maya with my card as well. heres the weird thing though, it works just fine on my laptop which also has an ATI card. it works on some and doesnt work on others which is sort of a bummer.

one thing i found was that it goes away almost completely if you have it in orthographic view instead of perspective

12 December 2006, 08:27 AM
I'm pissed that maya 7 will work fine with high quality rendering, but maya 8 won't. :(

12 December 2006, 06:55 PM
I'm having the same problem has you yungimoto, quite stenuous..

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