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Post tutorial Report RSS HD Video Tutorial - Optimization 2: Hint & Skip

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

Posted by on - Intermediate Mapping/Technical

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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.


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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

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

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Spare
Spare

Keep up the spectacular work with these video tutorials!

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altercuca
altercuca

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

thanks :)

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Silverfisk Author
Silverfisk

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

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Swaggletooth
Swaggletooth

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 Author
Silverfisk

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
Holymac

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
Jokerme

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

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cW#Ravenblood

coool! :3

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hawkeye1042
hawkeye1042

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

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ElQ
ElQ

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

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Silverfisk Author
Silverfisk

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

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ElQ
ElQ

ok thanks =)

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ElQ
ElQ

i downloaded Scource Dedicated Server but it doesnt work :/

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Cremat0r
Cremat0r

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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