Author Topic: how to avoid tears when using height sub-d?  (Read 1140 times)

it seems that along uv boundaries sub-d tears the model, the model is airtight.
is there a setting to prevent that?


Tis the nature of using a 2d texture layed over your uv's, the texture seams wont line up, you'll have to patch it using clone stamp or use a procedural 3d noise that can be applied with object space instead of UV space. And/or make sure UV seems are not visible or in an area with bumpy surfaces, when possible.

also, it's never quite perfect simply because the UV's cant be airtight. there will always be splits in your mesh where the uv seems are. this is the nature of the mesh data structures. with uv's you end up haveing 2 verts stacked on top of eachother because they share the same object space coordinates but have 2 different uv coordinates. this means if the height value or normal is even slightly different on each side of the seam you will see a tear.

another unfortunate fact is uv's are not mapped perfectly to where pixels are in the textures. so each uv could be getting a slightly different filtered value (for sure with several mipmap levels). meaning each vertex on each side of the seam is not guaranteed to see the exact same value simply cause of imprecisions in the mapping

TLDR: just the nature of how it all works.
Last Edit: December 27, 2019, 11:42:45 am

We could improve that in some ways, but there is nothing planned at the moment. Also this has the advantage to match what will happen some other applications.
Don't forget your log file. It can be exported from the Help menu of the software.
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Fabrice Piquet aka Froyok. Product Manager, Technical Artist and Documentation at Adobe.

It makes sense.

How do I prevent that whilst still using the auto UV?