Materials and Texturing

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Base Materials

Base materials use a standard material function that unifies functionality and parameter names across all materials. This gives us a lot of functionality that is shared and ensures textures and material properties are interchangeable.

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Base materials are located in Game/PrimalEarth/CoreMaterials/MasterMaterials/

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There are MIC presets for common material use cases in the MIC folder.

As much as possible, new materials should be a child of an existing MIC preset.

Texture Format

The standard texture format is expected by the base materials.

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LOD Groups

Textures should be set to the proper LOD group.

Characters and creatures:

  • Base Color textures set to "Character"
  • Normal Maps to "CharacterNormalMap"
  • Layered material textures to "CharacterSpecular"
  • Colorization masks should also be set to "CharacterSpecular"

Items:

  • Base Color set to the "Weapon"
  • Normal Maps to "WeaponNormalMap"
  • Layered material textures to "WeaponSpecular"
  • Colorization masks should also be set to "WeaponSpecular"

Structures, foliage, and other static objects:

  • Base Color set to the "World"
  • Normal Maps to "WorldNormalMap"
  • Layered material textures to "WorldSpecular"
  • Colorization masks should also be set to "WorldSpecular"


4K textures must be set to the "Cinematic" LOD group, or they will not render above 2048 x 2048. Be aware that 4K textures take up a LOT of GPU memory and should only be used sparingly on assets where 2Ks are visibly worse in quality (i.e. on large dinos).

Location of LOD group setting.

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