Adding an Export normal map node

This node exports a normal map as an image file from a terrain or a terrain composition linked to a Compute normal map node.

To add an Export normal map node, right click in the Graph Editor and select Create Node > Export > Export normal map.

Double click on the node to open its parameters:

Linking an Export normal map node

See also Exporting all the export nodes in a graph.

You can export the normal map as an image file from a terrain or a terrain composition as a .tiff, .png, .tga, or .bmp file.

The Export normal map node must be linked to a Compute normal map node.

Exporting a normal map

To export a normal map:

  • Choose a file name and a directory by clicking on the folder icon, or type the directory of the file to export.

File names with Unicode characters are supported.

If you have already saved your project, type just a file name to export it to the same directory or a sub-directory of your project. This is useful, for example, if you have a second project in the same directory and want to import into it the exported file from the first project. There is no need to type the file directory, just the file name or the sub-directory and file name.

  • Choose one of the following File Formats. The output file is an RGB file with 8 bits per channel.
Format Extension Description
Tiff .tif Tagged Image File Format
Png .png Portable Network Graphics
Tga .tga Truevision Targa File
Bmp .bmp Windows or OS/2 Bitmap file
  • Click the Export now! button, which triggers the normal map calculation and saves it in the file.

The export is confirmed by a pop-up dialog:

The vector map created by computing the normal map is viewed in your usual image editor. In the example below, the normal map of the Perlin noise node and Half sphere node summed composition is computed and exported to give the following result.

See also the Compute normal map node.

See also Exporting all the export nodes in a graph.


Parameters

Parameter Use
File name and directory Name and directory of the file in which the image will be saved
File format Format of the file to be created

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