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NVIDIA Melody Alternatives

NVIDIA Melody is described as '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' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to NVIDIA Melody for Windows, Linux, Mac and GIMP. The best alternative is Laigter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like NVIDIA Melody are AwesomeBump, Quixel Suite, xNormal and Resynthesizer.

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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...

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  1. Laigter icon

    Laigter

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    This tool lets you generate normal maps for 2D textures, with little effort. Specially designed for Sprites in 2D games.

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    AwesomeBump

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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  3. 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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  4. xNormal icon

    xNormal

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    xNormal is an application to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps. It can also project the texture of the highpoly model into the lowpoly mesh ( complete texture transfer, even with different topologies ).

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  5. Resynthesizer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GIMP

    This is a suite of ten Gimp plugins known as the 'Resynthesizer'. The most commonly used is 'Heal selection' but all use the plugin whose full interface is found at 'Filters>Map>Resynthesize.'

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    Sprite Lamp

    • Windows

    Sprite Lamp is a software tool to help game developers combine 2D art with dynamic lighting effects, through the creation of hand drawn normal maps.

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    HandPlane Baker

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    Handplane Baker is a free baking tool for a production environment that processes extremely dense models easily.

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    PSD MATERIAL OUTPUT

You can create, save, and share libraries of material base colors. Assign them to pieces of your models and they are baked into an organized PSD set up with layer masks, ready for you to paint on. I am really hoping people post and share their material libraries so we can build a central repository for everyone to work from. You can name and edit colors for 3 material properties in the editor like this:
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    ModLab

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    ModLab is a free tool that can generate and fine tune normal maps in a realtime rendering environment.

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    Knald

    • Windows

    Knald is the world’s first GPU powered solution for generating “bake quality” textures from any 2D source texture.

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    MightyBake

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Mightybake is fast hybrid GPU / CPU accelerated baker maximizes your hardware to bake textures ultra fast.

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