I'm trying to set up some greeble panels and I keep getting these undulating faces when I use a displacement map. I am using a pretty high res 6000x6000 PNG to generate the displacement but I can't figure out why the faces aren't smooth. The subdivision level should be high enough to accommodate the details (its on level 4 with 10,000 polys to start) but it doesn't for some reason. This happens when I use the node render based displacement through cycles as well as the evee method with using subd and displacement modifier. Here are some screen shots to demonstrate what I am talking about.enter image description here enter image description here


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I have a few possibly helpful pointers:

  • Foremost, I have noticed that Blender doesn't always play nicely with .png files (especially with normals and displacements). Try a .tiff, or other type. I had the same issue of 'undulating surfaces', surfaces that should be smooth, but appear bumpy for no apparent reason.

  • Second, I notice thin, horizontal rectangles in your second image. Check that your mesh geometry is composed of squares, not rectangles. Otherwise you'll experience issues when displacing or otherwise deforming the mesh.

  • Lastly, double check that your UV's are unwrapped properly, same reason as above. If the UV is stretched in one direction and not another, it will distort the effect. Not sure if this is the problem here but thought I'd suggest in case.

One more thing: you might want to try using adaptive subdivision in this case. Andrew Price does a good job explaining what it does and how to use it in this video.

I hope one of these helps!

  • $\begingroup$ Hey thanks for responding. Unfortunately after trying unwrapping again and remeshing and adaptive sub d and changing the displacement file type I am still getting the same result. I guess next I am going to try with different maps maybe just randos from the internet and see what happens. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2019 at 23:37
  • $\begingroup$ Strange. However, that is a good idea to continue troubleshooting! If you want to post the .blend I may be able to help further. Good luck! $\endgroup$
    – Corwin
    Sep 12, 2019 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ Ok here's a google drive link to the .blend. Thank you for your time, I really appreciate it. drive.google.com/file/d/1iu6IzzgQv5aEI82oWBKOeP8zs8xRLuvq/… $\endgroup$ Sep 17, 2019 at 20:07

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