The Source engine is a 3D game engine developed by Valve Corporation. Its unique features include a large degree of modularity and flexibility, an artist-driven, shader-based renderer, accurate lip sync and facial expression technology, and a powerful, efficient and completely network-enabled physics system.

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Learn how to use smoothing groups to eliminate hard shading where you don't want it.

Posted by Silverfisk on Apr 10th, 2011
Intermediate Mapping/Technical.

First we make two pillars, then we make one of the pillars smooth. Then we go through what you need to keep in mind to make sure it works.


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Jokerme Apr 11 2011 says:

Don't click on grey eye icon if you're already following Silverfisk :b

People should really appreciate these tutorials because if you try to learn these from scratch by yourself it takes a lot of time. But now, in five minutes you're good to go. Also these are hand picked important points of mapping. Not like a wiki where you are not sure what's important and what's not.

Thanks again.

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Stevokenevo Apr 11 2011 says:

I totally agree, ive learnt so much from video tutorials like this one. Trial and error can often be a massive pain the ***.

Thanks for the video.

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wazanator Apr 12 2011 says:

Wow I never knew that smoothing groups could really have this much impact on stuff! Thanks for the tutorial

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Silverfisk Apr 20 2011 says:

Glad you guys like it! :)

I do need to go through a lot of trial and error to figure out exactly how everything works before I make a tutorial on it, so it's awesome to see you guys appreciate my effort! ^^

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