When i texture paint I like to paint on the actual object instead of the uv map but it seems that when I set up an object ready to paint its all one colour, no distinguishable features so i don't know what im painting. Thanks , J.H.B.W.

  • $\begingroup$ Are you talking about Vertex Paint? If so, you need to make sure you are not set to use Random or MatCap but use the Material overlay. If you can't see shadow at all, double check the Shadow in the Overlay settings. $\endgroup$ Aug 19, 2019 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ I'm unsure what you're asking, could you give more detail? $\endgroup$
    – Millard
    Aug 19, 2019 at 20:11
  • $\begingroup$ when I go onto texture paint and colour the object, the whole thing is that colour, no shadows! but when i render it, it has shadows but on render view it doesn't. $\endgroup$ Aug 19, 2019 at 22:25
  • $\begingroup$ What draw mode are you using, and can you share some screen shots to show us what is going on? $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2019 at 12:22

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When in Texture Paint mode and Rendered View go to Overlays on the top right.

At the bottom of the drop-down window for Overlays there will be a section Texture Paint and below it will say Opacity. If this is set to zero you will have full shadows on your model.

I find this makes it easier to paint directly onto the model and see where your paint is going.


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