Hi. I’ve tried to create a normal map for a bark texture in blender using this tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOyBySopcAU but seem that this method doesn’t wotk well with complex textures. I did some searc around the internet for programs and plugins to create normal maps. Most people have used nvidia plugin for photoshop but seem it haven’y been developed further since 2008 and doesn’t work in never photoshop. Even it would work i can’t afford even for the stundent lisence of photoshop so i would need another alternative. So what people use these days to create normal maps? I found couple software.
There have been some plugin for normal map in gimp but it doesnt seem to exist anymore (http://nifelheim.dyndns.org/~cocidius/dds/#download. Someone have made new some plugin to google code http://code.google.com/p/gimp-dds/ but i can’t find any review is this really a working solution or what. Another plugin found was to paint.net Normalmapplus http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=17010. Lastly there was a free program called xnormal, but again i didn’t find any reviews for it (http://www.xnormal.net/1.aspx).
Does people have any expierence of these plugins/programs? Are these good to make normal maps and are these safe to use (doesn’t contain viruses or malvare etc.).
Thank you in advance.