ShaderMap: An Introduction
ShaderMap is an image generator for 3D artists. It enables artists to generate maps from source images and source 3d models. Each map is
generated by a plugin. There are a number of default map plugins provided with the ShaderMap installation including: displacement from diffuse,
albedo from diffuse, normal from displacement, ambient occlusion from 3d model, displacement from 3d model, normal from normal, and more.
Some map plugins have multiple inputs while some have no inputs at all. There are even maps to blend other maps together.
ShaderMap provides a 3D interface for visualizing the generated maps on 3D models, it is called the Material Visualizer.
The Visualizer provides an editor for configuring materials to apply to the 3D models. Each material is created from a
number of maps. The Visualizer allows the artist to apply multiple materials to multiple instances of 3D models for side-by-side comparison.
As of version 3, ShaderMap now allows 3D models as inputs. The 3D Model Setup allows you to import and setup a low polygon cage mesh for
ShaderMap comes with a built-in normal map painter called the Normal Editor. Any map plugin defined as a normal map can be sent to the Normal Editor
for painting and modification. From here the artist can use a variety of tools and layers to paint with vectors, displacement, and shapes to modify
the normal map directly.
ShaderMap can export any map to an external editor, batch process large groups of source maps, create unique
configurations of maps, and is expandable with plugins and materials using the ShaderMap SDK.