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Learn how to optimize your maps using the 'hint' and 'skip' textures to alter the leafs.

Posted by Silverfisk on Apr 26th, 2010
Intermediate Mapping/Technical.

First we identify an optimization problem, then we fix it using hint and skip to tell the game how to create our leafs.

We use an editor tool to check the portals in the editor and at the end we look at how they work in the game as well.

Please give me a comment telling me what you think.
Also, don't forget to give me tutorial requests!
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Armageddon104 Apr 27 2010, 7:53pm says:

This is good to know, never seen a good tutorial about this.

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Spare Apr 27 2010, 8:56pm says:

Keep up the spectacular work with these video tutorials!

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altercuca Apr 27 2010, 10:19pm says:

i already saw this 2 days ago on utubs :) awesome work m8, keep em coming :)

thanks :)

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Silverfisk Author
Silverfisk Apr 27 2010, 10:25pm replied:

Yeah I was lazy and getting sidetracked several times when I was going to post this here. :P

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Swaggletooth Apr 28 2010, 6:18am says:

I didn't really know how to use the Skip textures, but I should be able to use them much more efficiently now, thanks for the tutorial!

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Silverfisk Apr 28 2010, 6:57am replied:

The skip texture doesn't actually do anything, it's used on faces you don't want to compile. The hint texture is the one that alters the leafs. :)

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Holymac Jul 4 2010, 3:27pm replied:

Ah cool, I didnt know that either. Ok tutorial request: Make combine where instead of rappeling straight down, they do lost coast style, and the rappel down a wall, kicking off every couple feet.

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Jokerme Apr 28 2010, 7:18am says:

Thanks man, I didn't know how to use skip and hint textures before :)

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cW#Ravenblood Apr 28 2010, 8:47am says:

coool! :3

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hawkeye1042 Apr 30 2010, 10:24pm says:

I always wondered what skip was for... thanks!

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ElQ May 3 2010, 9:29am says:

I have to ask that where can u do those mods?

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Silverfisk May 4 2010, 7:43am replied:

Where the mapping tool is? In the Source SDK, in the tools section of your game library on Steam.

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ElQ May 8 2010, 2:36am says:

ok thanks =)

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ElQ May 8 2010, 4:47am says:

i downloaded Scource Dedicated Server but it doesnt work :/

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Cremat0r May 25 2010, 7:31am says:

I never really knew why there are Skip and Hint brushes in VALVes maps.
Until now, thanks alot for that tut!

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