I'm trying to combine 3 textures into 1 using baking for external use in Roblox. They don't support a meshes multiple textures. This wouldn't be an issue in most cases except the egg shaped body which has a texture for the eyes/head and one for the face. Therefor I have to combine the textures within blender. I've followed this guy's video because nothing else comes close to combining 3 textures onto one file. The only weird thing happening was after deleting the bones was Shadow Teddie becoming super massive, but that wasn't an issue because I'll probably be resizing him within Roblox Studio once all the textures are on 1 file. After following the rest of the tutorial I hit bake, and Shadow Teddie turns black instead of what should be the textures appearing. I have to then go back to Texture Paint and replace them back to looking like the normal Shadow Teddie.  When baking I got an error about a Circular dependency for image "dark_kuma_hand_t01.png" from object "EM105_6" in the bottom right corner.

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    $\begingroup$ You included a link to tutorial which you were following however you didn't mention anything about what are you after. There are a lot more important details and things that could go wrong except for wrong bake type. Usually black baking means no data baker can access. E.g. you are baking from black image if it's connected to Output node, or you chose Emit pass instead of Diffuse or you bake to wrong UV map.. Possibilities are endless. Edit your question please with screenshots and a link to your file, use blend-exchange.giantcowfilms.com $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Aug 3, 2019 at 14:16

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When you have several textures and you want to turn them into one you bake diffuse or emit (as you wish) pass, see Bake Taxtures to one Image.

What is wrong and why the warning

The catch that you likely face due to the warning you mention is that if an object has multiple materials baking is happening for all those materials. Thus it takes any selected Image Texture node in every material and tries to bake to it.

There are 2 Image Texture nodes in materials dark_kuma_hand_t01.003 and dark_kuma_face_t01.002, one connected to the shader and used as a source, another one disconnected from everything which is correct.

However there is only one Image Texture node used as color source in materials dark_kuma_body_t01, dark_kuma_face_t01.003 and dark_kuma_face_t01.004.

This means that once baking is started it will get to materials mentioned in the last paragraph and bake to the image texture used as a source since it can't find anything else there to bake to. Hence color information source for first 2 materials gets overwritten and it also starts providing that black color which is baked above when Clear option is enabled.

This is why the warning Circular dependency for image for material X in object Y is important to notice; it allows to prevent image from being overwritten and saved since you can reload image from disk if it wasn't saved after baking.

The warning isn't always meaning you have wrong node setup; e.g if you bake normal map from highpoly to lowpoly and connected normal map Image Texture node to the tree you will receive this warning as well however it won't mean anything in that case. Still it's better to check your node setup when baking anyway.

How to bake correctly

There are generally 3 ways.
Either copy paste image you're baking to to each material for the object and make sure it is selected for each material for the object, then bake.
Another way is to duplicate the object, remove all materials but those you want to bake and bake from that object to that object (Selected to Active unchecked).
Third way is to create 2 copies of the original object, remove all materials but those you want to bake from the copy you bake from, then remove all materials but one from the object you bake to.


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