leileilol wrote:Enjay, pulling that in Blender for an Ambient Occlusion bake might help.
Do you mean changing the choice in the Bake menu that normally says "Full Render" to "Ambient Occlusion"? I gave that a go (and then combined the result with the full render in Paint Shop - is that th right way to do it?) and the result was quite nice. However, it also exposed some other areas of the skin which haven't been well unwrapped or lit that looked fine with a full render. So I guess I'll have to go back and look at them a bit more.
leileilol wrote:and my god the wasted space on the UV. Maybe Blender could be your UVmap step in the pipeline too, it did influence Maya and 3DSmax when they brought in Live Unwrapping ages back.
The wasted space will be down to me.
I tried a few unwrapping programs but none seemed to do things very well, didn't work or required just as much work as I ended up putting in unwrapping it manually in Milkshape myself. But given that I was doing things manually, I was giving myself plenty of room.
I don't know exactly how Blender would do it but I still find the interface very complicated and that makes it very off-putting for me to try and open the program to find a particular task. Despite the fact that, thanks to you, I am now far more confident with it and can actually get it to do some things, unless I know where something is already, finding it seems to be a near impossibility. There are just so many options, in so many places, nested into so many sub categories and panels with so many names that mean very little to me and even the order in which certain steps are taken seems to influence whether what I want to do is successful or not that it is like being told to go to a particular place in a city but being given no instructions where to find it. I know it's there but don't even have a clue where to look and setting off in one direction could take me miles from where I actually want to be and even if I did end up in the right place, I may just miss it because it didn't look like I expected it to or I was just looking at it from the wrong angle. I wonder does the interface feel "natural" to people who use a particular OS or something? It's obviously very non-standard as far as MS Window programs are concerned.