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Blender 2.5 Materials and Textures Cookbook by Colin Litster

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Editing a UV map to optimize the image space

In this recipe, we will edit the UV map so that the main point of interest occupies more room on the image. In this way, we can ensure that the front of the face has more image pixels assigned than those areas that will be either hidden, or less prominent. Optimizing a UV map in this way will ensure the maximum resolution while maintaining small image sizes.

Getting ready

This recipe picks up from the end of the last, so either open the saved blendfile UV‑FACE-03.blend, or open the file from the downloaded zip file, UV-Head.zip, as discussed at the start of this chapter.

How to do it...

We will start by straightening the top, bottom, and side outside seams to use as much of the height and width of the ...

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