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Old 01 January 2013   #1
Unhappy Need help with Normal Maps not displaying properly

Hi there,

So I've always stuck to modeling and stopped with my models before the texturing bit. However since I actually want to get a job and a showreel going I really need to get this sorted.
I have two models and for both of them I can't figure out how to make normal maps to work from the high poly mesh to the lowpoly one.
The Highpoly is just a smoothed version of the lowres all done in Maya.
So this is the one of the low-res model


now I tried making normals with xNormal and in Maya (Tried with zBrush but failed) and it looked cracked and blocky



And I finally found something about Soft/Hard edges...so I applied Soft edges to the low rez and rebaked the normal map



so this is what it looks like only with soft edge
and with the applied normal map....

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and if i harden the edges it's even more confusing..




so..it looks terrible and I am at a loss...is there any way this can be done? I never thought about hard/soft edges when modeling and I have no idea how to fix it...
Any advice will be highly appreciated Sorry if the post is a bit all over the place, I've been looking at sites/tutorials for hours and am just a bit baffled.

Thank you xx
 
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