When I bake the normal map, it gives me the shading artifacts from the low poly mesh.

I tried countless times, but I can't find out what is wrong. Does anyone know what is going on?

Here are some photos, thanks in advance.

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The reason that the lighting looks strange is that the low-poly model uses triangles instead of quads. When using smooth shading together with the triangle-based mesh, blender has trouble interpolating the normals.

The fastest solution but maybe not the best would be to simply use flat shading on the low-poly mesh instead of smooth shading.

Ideally, you would want the low-poly mesh to be made of quads. The practice of making a low-poly quad model from a high-poly model is known as retopologizing, and there are tons of tutorials out there on how to do it. This video from CGMatter shows an easy way to do it automatically. Your high-poly mesh seems to already have good topology (i.e. quads), so another option would be to simply make a copy of the high-poly mesh and dissolve some of the edge loops.

  • $\begingroup$ The low poly mesh typology is like that because I made it for games, the problem still persists with simple meshes that have all quads $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 16, 2020 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ It seems like the baking isn't the problem, but the way the smooth shading interpolates between the normals of the different faces. When there's less geometry to work with (even if it's quads), as seen in your third image, the interpolation is generally going to look worse. You can fix this by adding more geometry around the edges, (adding loop cuts for instance), or by using flat shading instead of smooth. $\endgroup$
    – Oscar
    Commented Feb 16, 2020 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, now it's working a little better It still has some problems, but it's bearable, by the way, this problem didn't appear when I baked some normal maps for testing. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 17, 2020 at 9:05

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