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    Knald Alternatives

    Knald is described as 'is the world’s first GPU powered solution for generating “bake quality” textures from any 2D source texture'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Knald for Windows, Linux, Mac and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Quixel Suite, which is free. Other great apps like Knald are Materialize - by Bounding Box Software (Free, Open Source), AwesomeBump (Free, Open Source), NVIDIA Melody (Free) and Crazybump (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 1, 2020

    1. Quixel was founded in 2011 by Teddy Bergsman and Waqar Azim, based on the vision of substantially speeding up how creators build digital environments, by giving them access to a vast and ever-expanding library of 3D building blocks, and easy-to-use tools to greatly simplify the...
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    2. Materialize is a stand alone tool for creating materials for use in games from images. You can create an entire material from a single image or import the textures you have and generate the textures you need.


    3. AwesomeBump is an open source program designed to generate normal, height, specular or ambient occlusion textures from a single image. Since the image processing is done in 99% on GPU the program runs very fast and all the parameters can be changed in real time.
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      AwesomeBump vs Knald opinions
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      AwesomeBump is an old program that can do basic image manipulation to generate poor quality maps. Knald is a professional texture baker that is state of the art in its field.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      NVIDIA Melody creates high quality normal maps that make a low-poly model look like a high-poly model. Simply load your low-poly working model, then load your high-poly reference model, click the "Generate Normal Map" button and watch Melody go to town.
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      Texture map tool.


    4. Converts a bitmap into a seamless PBR material, including normal, AO, roughness and metallic.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Njob is a simple tool that supports a number of filters related to normalmapping and texture creation. I’ts key design philosophies are: Intelligent filters that make your life, creating game textures, easier.
    5. Handplane Baker is a free baking tool for a production environment that processes extremely dense models easily.
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      • Linux
      Mightybake is fast hybrid GPU / CPU accelerated baker maximizes your hardware to bake textures ultra fast. The more cores you have, the faster your bakes.
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      • Windows
      MindTex is a normal map generation utility for game developers and 3d professionals.
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