Frontier bump issue

Started by sboerner, March 22, 2020, 04:14:09 pm

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sboerner

I noticed this some time ago and thought it might come up here, but haven't seen any specific references to it.

I'm seeing problems with displacement (bump) mapping on imported objects in recent frontier releases of Terragen. Version 4.4.45 (which I think is the most recent official release) works fine. But with later frontier versions bumps along edges, and negative bumps, seem to create ridges that cast shadows and render much darker than the rest of the object.

Has anyone else noticed this?

(Forgive the low-quality noisy renders.)

Edit to note that the rope displacement is slightly negative, all other displacements are positive.

bobbystahr

I've not noticed that but there's an update you don't have. I have 4.4.49..maybe that would fix it.
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sboerner

Thanks, Bobby. I didn't realize that I'd missed a version. Just tried it, same result.

Matt

Can you send me an object that shows this problem? I don't have one in my test suite.
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sboerner

I think I've figured it out. In the original file the wood shader had a small negative displacement offset, so I set that to zero. The rope shader had a negative displacement (which turned out to be unnecessary), so I made that a positive offset. The object renders fine now. 

It's interesting that version 4.4.45 tolerated these negative values. But it's easy to avoid the problem by not using them, and maybe that's best practice anyway.

Happy to send a file, Matt, but maybe this was user error? ::)

WAS

Maybe it's the quality of the first example but your fixed example appears to have no bump, just texture.

sboerner

Probably the difference in lighting (and poor quality of the first example). There's definitely a bump.

Matt

I'd like to see one of these objects anyway (with negative displacement). The render should be OK with bump generated from negative displacement. I've had to play whack-a-mole on bump mapping issues, and your objects seem to be an edge case I haven't seen before.
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sboerner

OK, I'll send that as soon as I get a chance.