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I'm trying to use a displacement map of shingles to apply evenly sized shingles on a cone shape (roof for a witch hut). No matter what I do I can't get the shingles to stay a consistent size over the height of the cone.

The cylinder shows the approximate size of the shingles that I am looking for, the cone is the shape I'm going for.

The final cone is my attempt at manually changing the UV map, but even if I get the scale correct, the texture "spirals" around the cone shape.

Displacement map example

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    $\begingroup$ Cones are made largely of tris which don't play nice with either subdivisions or displacements. Try using a cylinder instead, and scaling down the top face really small so it looks like a cone, but the mesh is still quad-based. $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2021 at 4:13
  • $\begingroup$ This is what I did in the third shape and the distortion remains. $\endgroup$
    – Kyle
    Feb 3, 2021 at 4:17
  • $\begingroup$ Ahhh, I see. Not sure then. All I can recommend is the normal things - Check for dupes, apply scale, make sure normals are all facing the right directions, etc... $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2021 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ @vklidu here is the packed blend file, hope i did this correctly... blend-exchange.giantcowfilms.com/b/2OdQAjEV $\endgroup$
    – Kyle
    Feb 3, 2021 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ You didnt packed your texture, so I used one seamless from net. I don't have an issue with provided file imgur.com/BRdfOrE BTW next time please place given code into your question via "edit" link. $\endgroup$
    – vklidu
    Feb 3, 2021 at 18:51

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Theory

I don't think you have a chance to get there with this single texture and your mesh topology.

The only reasonable solution that came to my mind is to use some radial texture, like one based on fibonacci pattern.

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Pattern

To create such texture use this Brecht's script
(copy&paste into blender's Script Editor and Run Alt+P)

import bpy
import bmesh
import math

n = 100 # number of points
c = 0.1 # scale factor

mesh = bpy.data.meshes.new(name="Spiral")
bm = bmesh.new()

for i in range(0, n):
    theta = i * math.radians(137.5)
    r = c * math.sqrt(i)
    bm.verts.new((math.cos(theta) * r, math.sin(theta) * r, 0.0))

bm.to_mesh(mesh)
mesh.update()

from bpy_extras import object_utils
object_utils.object_data_add(bpy.context, mesh)

It creates vertices pattern. At row 5 of the script you can change number of vertices.

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Model

Add Plane and model one Shingle, Object has to be oriented in positive Y direction so bottom part is on top. Rotate it on X axis a bit upward with shingles end so when they will repeated will be on top of other. For this quick Shingle I added Solidify and Bevel modifier.

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Select Shingle and than pattern object and parent Ctrl+P them. Go to pattern's Object Properties > Instances > Vertices. Enable Align to Vertex Normal to get desired rotation.

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Texture

To be able bake Normal map of this model you have to search for Make Instances Real, Join Ctrl+J them. Add another Plane above, add a new material and add Image node, click new, and keep this node selected (active). Go to Render Properties, choose Cycles engine, at bottom go to Bake > Bake Type > Normal > enable Selected to Active. Select joined Shingles than Plane and press BAKE. Save image as OpenEXR type of file.

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Note: to create Bump Map - position camera above object and under Render Passes enable Depth pass or Mist pass. After rendering go to Compositor and tweak output of one of this pass. Or you can create a simple B&W material with Blend texture on Z axis for the same result. You can find a lot of answers here I guess.

Edit: I just noticed ... baked Ambient Oclussion worked much better in this case. Result is similar to Depth. And you could already notice, unwrap from top view applies texture stretched vertically, so its good to compensate this by creating shingle a bit wider horizontal, so after texture is applied it looks in proportions.

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Render doesn't use Displacement modifier, but Adaptive Subdivision (aka Microdisplacement) that needs a just a few faces for cone and beautiful details :)

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    $\begingroup$ That is a nice application of this pattern ! One might even be able to reproduce it procedurally :) $\endgroup$
    – Gorgious
    Feb 4, 2021 at 18:27
  • $\begingroup$ Such a beautiful solution.. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Feb 4, 2021 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ Happen to have a tiling Fibonacci sequenced texture of roof shingles? $\endgroup$
    – Kyle
    Feb 5, 2021 at 0:29
  • $\begingroup$ Oh my gosh, thanks! It was a half joke, I didn't expect anything, but thank you so much! $\endgroup$
    – Kyle
    Feb 5, 2021 at 19:24
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if you are notified about updates, so ... AO bake works much better here :) $\endgroup$
    – vklidu
    Feb 5, 2021 at 21:49
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I used the workflow suggested by vklidu but with the following script for vertex generation. Maybe this (more simplistic) pattern variation is useful to someone, so leaving it here:

import bpy
import bmesh
import math
from random import seed
from random import random

seed(1)

n = 12 # number of rows
c = 0.1 # scale factor
w = 0.21 # width of a shingle
s = 0.2 # size of a shingle row

mesh = bpy.data.meshes.new(name="Spiral")
bm = bmesh.new()

for i in range(0, n):
    m = math.floor((2 * math.pi * i * s) / w)
    for j in range(0, m):
        r = i * s
        theta = j * (2 * math.pi / m)
        bm.verts.new((math.cos(theta) * r, math.sin(theta) * r, -i * 0.05 + random() * 0.045))
      

bm.to_mesh(mesh)
mesh.update()

from bpy_extras import object_utils
object_utils.object_data_add(bpy.context, mesh)

The script generated vertices in rows while trying to fill each row evenly with shingles. The z-coordinate is changed with each row and vertices are also randomly shifted along the z-axis to give a more natural look when rendering top-down

I then used geometry nodes and the shader graph to add some variation to the shingle models and color tint. Looks wonky in the center, but this could be covered by a metal piece or similar on the final model.

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  • $\begingroup$ Great :) ... probably you could add a screen of vertex's pattern to be clear to followers the difference ... also you could elaborate further about geo nodes (since my A doesn't covering this technique it could be interesting). Thanks for your time :) $\endgroup$
    – vklidu
    Jan 2, 2023 at 15:59

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