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SFM Quick Tip: Easy Day To Night Maps by salsav91 SFM Quick Tip: Easy Day To Night Maps by salsav91
Just a quick and dirty tip to those that want to create the illusion of a night map on any map. This same technique can help create night to day maps as well.
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:iconmrmassakka:
Easy and Simple. Thanks!
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JesusNotChrist Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank u!!
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:iconjakehunter:
ah yes this helps tanks very much
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:iconbitchyredsniper:
Thanks so much for this. I just started working with SFM a few weeks ago, and this is very helpful :D
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ThatOneScout Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will this work in gmod?
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salsav91 Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
In theory, possibly. You may need to activate sv_cheats 1 though.. I am unsure.
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turretart May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful thanks
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TheZeroTeam May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I add something here that I do? :meow:
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salsav91 May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I dont see why not?
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TheZeroTeam May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, I guess!
Well, yeah, I'd go ahead and do what you do.
But, I also change toneMapScale further down than I believe you do.

I set it to (according to the Element Viewer, not Motion/Graph Editor) 0.1, and I have a thing in mind where I'll go with 0.01.
Why? So I can add Lights myself. (I also do that for day maps, setting the toneMapScale down and adding lights.) To give models shadows.
But the SkyBox is so dark... Well, I go find the SkyBox's .VMTs, open them in Notepad++, and add *$color "[10 10 10]"* (or 100, for toneMapScale 0.01). That way, the SkyBox won't be too dark, and the map won't be too bright, though I cast lights everywhere.

The thing is, however, until setting toneMapScale down, the SkyBox is usually overbrightened.
And working with lights in the view gives a bit more lag. But that's nothing major.


Eeyup, I do something overly stupid with an overly big cost in framerate for just a slightly better result.
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