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    SpriteIlluminator Alternatives

    SpriteIlluminator is described as 'lets you easily generate normal maps for your 2d game and web projects. Render dynamic lighting & other effects and use paint tools to directly draw on the normal map and fine tune the effects'. There are more than 10 alternatives to SpriteIlluminator for Windows, Linux, Mac and Python. The best alternative is Quixel Suite, which is free. Other great apps like SpriteIlluminator are AwesomeBump (Free, Open Source), Laigter (Free, Open Source), NVIDIA Melody (Free) and Crazybump (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 29, 2019

    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. 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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      • 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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      • 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.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Texture map tool.


    3. Converts a bitmap into a seamless PBR material, including normal, AO, roughness and metallic.
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    4. 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.
      • 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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    6. Unflattener is a free and open source Python module and a command line tool (unflatten.py) that helps you make normal maps for 2D sprites and other graphics. You can use the normal maps it generates to implement dynamic lighting in video games.
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