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Unreal Development Kit Beginner’s Guide by Richard J. Moore

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Time for action—lightmaps on static meshes

Baking lighting on static meshes is a little more versatile than on CSG geo. By default, all static meshes use vertex lighting—instead of baking into an image, light values get baked into the vertices that make up the geometry, and lighting is blended across the surface.

  1. In my map, there's a kind of a weird hard shadow near the top of the fire hydrant.
    Time for action—lightmaps on static meshes
  2. If I overlay the wireframe on the image (Photo-shopped for clarity), you can see that the shadow falls right along one of the mesh's edges. That's effectively the result you get from vertex lighting.
  3. But lots of meshes in UDK are set up so that you can put a ...

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