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Re: Blending mode for terrain materials....

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:19 pm
by Mitovo
Life is Feudal does not have that good terrains, they are kind of mediocre and the textures as well. The thing with Life is Feudal is, that the Terrain can be modified ingame as well as all the other stuff, therefore you cannot enhance it artistically by hand. If you use baked basetextures for the whole terrain and high res textures you can even achieve much better results than Life is Feudal. Look at BeamNG they have much nicer terrains, but it all depends on scene.
Let no opinion go unchallenged, eh Duion? lol I wasn't claiming they were the "best ever". I didn't say they were better or worse than anything else. I was just saying "I think the terrain materials in LiF look great, so I know that kind of result is possible", relative to the trouble I was having with it in 3.10.

As for the halo thing around texture layers.. yeah it's kinda unsightly. Hopefully that can be somehow addressed.

In the meantime, I think you can do quite a bit with 3 texture layers. Just have to be more "creative" with it.

Re: Blending mode for terrain materials....

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:14 pm
by Duion
I was just saying that LiF terrains are just average, anyone can do that with T3D, the rest is just other settings and graphical features like ambience light, postFX, shaders etc.

The "halo" thing is not that bad, I easily use around 5-10 layers per map, it is hardly noticeable, so by far not a reason to not use more layers.

Re: Blending mode for terrain materials....

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:54 pm
by LukasPJ
For the record, yes the blending was broken with more than 3 textures, this has been an issue throughout the lifetime of T3D. It has to do with the blending between different passes over each terrain block.

I've tried to fix it numerous times, but there is always a new issue showing up.

My latest attempt to fix this issue is this PR: but it doesn't work in OpenGL. It should be fixed if I figure out how to get the constNum of textures, as I'm doing some hackery around that, which is unstable.

The reason the colours are off, is due to the change to working with colours in "linear space". CryEngine encountered the same issue, they fixed it by moving the terrain color back into whatever space it was before ( I'm not fully versed in these things :P ). With that change the terrain colours would give you the same results as before linear space. Giving you less "correct" colours, but an easier pipeline. An example of that can be seen in this issue:

This is the reason why no one minded the terrain textures in 3.8, but are having difficulties working with them in 3.9/3.10.

Re: Blending mode for terrain materials....

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:04 pm
by Mitovo
So, sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I figured it would be better in context, as it's related to the same subject.

As of now, what are the plans with the terrain blending method? I know there were some changes that were tried out, but I don't know what's happened since then. So, will the terrain material blending go back to how it was pre-3.10? Will it continue as it is now?

Just wondering if I should go back to a previous version, or forge ahead with 3.10 and forward.