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  11 November 2012
Normal Map Produces Ugly Seams

Hey guys I'm new to the forums so I apologize if I am posting this in the wrong place.

I'm trying to bake a normal map for one of my low poly models. I have tried baking the normal map in zbrush, mudbox, xnormal, and 3ds max 2013 and every time I bake the normal map I end up with these very obvious and ugly seams. As a matter of fact I get this every time I have ever baked a normal map in the past with other models and I just don't know why this is happening. Here are some pictures of what's going on.

Here is the normal map itself

Here are the max and normal map files for those who want to test it out for themselves.

At first I though that there was some problem with 3ds max but I tried to render the model in max 2013, max 2012, Marmoset tool bag, and UDK and I get the same results.

I tried flipping the green channel in photoshop, I tried different uv map setups, I tried hardening the normals at the seams before baking, ect. Please if anyone knows how to fix this then let me know because i'm all out of ideas :(.
  11 November 2012
In case you did not solved the problem here it is what you have to do: when you import the normal map file, instead of using system gamma (which in your scene I saw it was 2.2) choose override with the value of 1.0. That is all. Hope it works for you!
  11 November 2012
I just tried that but still nothing. I think that there must be something wrong with my shader settings. Or it could be a 3ds max 2013 bug. I heard others had some normal map issues for 2013.
  11 November 2012
try checking Flip green in the noramal map. I tried your scene and it worked for me.
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  11 November 2012
OMG that did it . Thank you so much, you have no idea for how long I had this issue. I always flipped the green channel in Photoshop and even in zbrush along with xnormal when I rendered the map but I never thought of just flipping it in 3ds max. Although now I don't understand why flipping the green channel in max worked but flipping it outside of max before importing the map didn't work. Is there something special that 3ds max does as opposed to photoshop?
  11 November 2012
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