While building a ship with lots of hull signage, I was wondering how EIAS deals with texture files, what the most efficient way of doing it would be, render speed-wise:
1- The usual: lots of independent texture files.
2- Putting lots of elements into a single texture file, then doing each texture mapping entry by cropping to delimit the relevant element area of that single file (which in this particular case would make things like changing signage fonts in a single master texture .PSD file quite easier that dealing with a lot of different files).
Does Camera work faster if most texture mapping entries refer to a few common texture files instead of each being a different one, via some caching strategy? Would cropping a large file be less efficient that dealing with several small ones?