Don't know if it's just because 2.8 is still in the process of making, but here's my problem. I have this man mesh (from cgtrader) that came with a normal map and this texture that matches it to put color in the right place. The problem: It comes out black. I've looked everywhere and this seems to be the right node setup, but help is appreciated. Thanks!

The Nodes:

BTW here's the link to the mesh I downloaded if you wanna try: https://www.cgtrader.com/free-3d-models/character/man/3d-character-96a5df4b-49ab-411b-9e1d-fd6e47537e41

  • $\begingroup$ If it is a real normal map you don't need the normal map node. $\endgroup$ – user1853 May 23 '19 at 0:53
  • $\begingroup$ okay. lemme try $\endgroup$ – Corbomite May 23 '19 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ Nope still black $\endgroup$ – Corbomite May 23 '19 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ Your normal map node is currently set to "blender object space". Are you sure that is the correct space? "Tangent" is much more common, especially for a character model that may be rigged. $\endgroup$ – JtheNinja May 23 '19 at 1:35
  • $\begingroup$ @JtheNinja switched back to tangent. still black. Not rigged btw $\endgroup$ – Corbomite May 23 '19 at 1:41

If you change the normal map node from 'Blender Object Space' to 'Tangent Space' and select the 'UV map'in the dropdown that appears, that should work.

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If it still appears black, then something else must be wrong. No lights, that sort of thing. I've uploaded my file (which is working for me), so you can compare: character.blend

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I have that box, but when I click on it, there's no map selection...How'd you do that part? $\endgroup$ – Corbomite May 23 '19 at 2:37
  • $\begingroup$ In other words, which uv map option did you use? $\endgroup$ – Corbomite May 23 '19 at 2:54
  • $\begingroup$ That map was already there for me, i.e. the model is already unwrapped. Did you import the OBJ file? That's the one I used. $\endgroup$ – edna May 23 '19 at 3:34
  • $\begingroup$ Huh. I definitely will check that out and see if it’s works. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – Corbomite May 23 '19 at 14:04

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