View Full Version : Normal Map Photoshop Filter

01 January 2007, 07:31 AM
First off, I'm well aware this isn't the photoshop forum. But I think I would get a stronger response from the game croud that might use it.

So basicaly, I've seen some pretty good quality normal maps come out of basic photoshop normal map filters. I know they are out there, but I am wondering if anyone out there can recomend any inparticuler one. I've searched the Adobe websight for an official one, but turned up nothing through their search engine.

So has anyone used anyone of these filters to good effect for simple things like tileable textures?

01 January 2007, 08:10 AM
Nvidia makes the photoshop filter and it works pretty well.

Go to there's a list of several different filters and apps you can try using. Some convert 2d images to normal maps and some are used to make normal maps from geometry.

01 January 2007, 06:01 PM
Yeah, it works pretty well, but competition is coming from Crazybump, which you can see applied & linked to here. ( Matter of preference I guess :)

01 January 2007, 09:39 PM
yea i vouch for Crazybump, it is awesome! nvidia filter is good too but i get better results from crazybump

01 January 2007, 03:33 AM
crazybump all the way!:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 08:13 AM
crazybump YES.
Is there actually any way of converting dmaps to normalmaps the same way in nvidia? The results i have gotten are far from as good as with crazybump.

Except that I think nvidia could be just as good, shame the 3d display isnt good

01 January 2007, 06:04 PM
Nvidia hasn't updated the Photoshop tools on their site. Here's a beta with more features.

But CrazyBump is still better at creating normalmaps from colormaps. I find Nvidia's normalmapfilter useful for quickly converting detail bumpage, as well as normalizing after layering.

Funny to see that old 3ds Max thread again!

01 January 2007, 06:39 PM
Thanks Guys. Crazy Bump worked like a charm.

Too bad it says that in Febuary of this year the beta will expire and I'm sure the actual product will go to market. But I'll still pick it up, that program is rediculously fast and easy to navigate and understand.

01 January 2007, 07:52 PM
ummm, yeahhhhhhhh......most amazing thing i've ever seen in my life. thank you.

03 March 2007, 03:23 AM
I don't suppose anyone has come across something that works for Photoshop on the mac?

03 March 2007, 03:39 AM
As soon as I post, I find something. Fairly basic program for OSX but looks like it does the job.

There might be other stuff out there, but its comforting to know there is at least one solution for us mac users.

03 March 2007, 05:55 AM
The 2nd part of my normal mapping video on my site gives a quick run down w/ crazy bump and the nvidia filter plugin. Check out my sig.


03 March 2007, 06:07 PM
Wow, thanks for the link to the OSX app. I've been looking for this.

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