Thread: Types of Maps
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# 6 10-11-2009 , 09:59 PM
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Originally posted by Chirone
normal maps and bump maps are essentially the same
the only difference is that normal maps are faster to render because they've gone through a pre-processing stage

hmm, not quite.
its normal maps dont get re-processed when rendering true, but a normal map has 3 channels, and bump is grayscale. a lot more can be done with normal maps than just bump mapping user added image

but the 4 most common maps when rendering still images are diffuse, ambient, specular diffuse/map, and bump/displacement/normal maps.
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