What is the "proper" way to texture detailed game assets? I have baked a normal map and now I want to add color, logos, warning signs/stripes, and all kinds of details to the low poly asset. The details need to be in the correct positions (on insets, recesses), so doing them on the low poly UV map doesn't work since the low poly doesn't have these. How would I go about this?
Do I use the normal map as a UV layout background layer in GIMP and paint on it accordingly?
Do I create a UV map for the high poly as well? (I'm not seeing how this could work, and also the normal map baking worked fine without it too)
Do I add stuff on the high poly mesh and bake them on the low poly mesh like I did with the normal map? How is this done? (I tried something like this, but got an error that I couldn't figure out)
Search results of "game asset workflow", "texturing", "texture map baking", "high poly to low poly" etc usually yield:
- Tutorials of adding a simple repeating texture pattern (brick walls, wooden barrels) onto the object.
- Making just the normal map.
- Texturing an object but very little to none about transferring the stuff onto another object.
- Using GIMP/Photoshop to paint stuff on the UV map of the low poly (Which in my case is missing all the edges of the high poly)
- Something along the lines of Rest-of-the-owl i.e. "And then you just texture it. Thanks for watching."
- Something completely unrelated.
Have I done this completely wrong? Should I have added textures/materials while I was making the high poly? Am I missing something?
Things to note:
- The high poly is one mesh, there are no separate parts.
- I'm an absolute beginner with this stuff
- If there is a way that is better and/or I haven't considered, please do point it out.
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: Not seeing the image description so: