I created a sphere, added a decimate modifier (set to 0.5), and then used the sculpting tools on the object. I then UV unwrapped it (I tried smart and also tried manually picking the seams), then texture painted it.

I'm just learning Blender, so trying out a few of the tools, but cannot get rid of the black parts, it doesn't allow me to paint them. I assume it's an unwrap issue, but I've tried from scratch trying different techniques about 10 times now, and each time it's the same outcome.

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There are no images, just a mesh that I was trying to texture paint:

  • $\begingroup$ I tried your suggestions, still no luck. Am completely lost on what to do now. I've created new file after new file to try different things, but everytime it's the say result. Am just trying to create something low poly. Thanks anyway. $\endgroup$ Feb 26, 2016 at 20:52

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The seams on the mesh are the reason for several pixels of the background color of the image to be seen. Paint on the image in UV / Image Editor and the problem will be solved.

This happens in the places where seams for unwrap are assigned.

seam when texture painting

When edge is marked as seam, the latter will cut mesh trying to unfold it on the 2D surface of UV map. This means that in the place of seam two parts of mesh "meet each other", i.e. when you paint over seam, part of your painting happens on one part of UV map, and another part - on another one.

So the reason for the painting being partially "transparent" are these "steps of pixels" on UV map:

steps of pixels on UV map
Another part of UV map with adjacent face meeting isn't shown here
In your case background color of image is black, so that's the color which is being visible on mesh like artifacts.

It's possible to avoid this using workarounds:

  • while texture painting, paint from several directions, rotating viewpoint from different angles. This will decrease visibility of problem (small parts may remain but this isn't important if camera isn't placed just near the mesh).

  • add some painting in UV / Image Editor in the places where seams are assigned. By adding extra width of painting the problem will dissappear.

painting over seams on UV map


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