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This is the rendered preview:

rendered preview

And this is the combined bake:

combined bake

What am I doing wrong here? I want my baked texture to look like the rendered preview.

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All I did was switch to CPU (I have GPU problems on my Mac) and decrease render samples to speed up the bake and I got this:

enter image description here

My thought is that perhaps your problem was with the GPU since that is the only relevant thing that I changed (depending on what GPU you have, some features of Blender don't work, for example, HDR lighting).

Here is the baked image with higher samples:

enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm running a fairly new AMD GPU, maybe that's the issue, either way switching to CPU fixed several issues I've been having with baked lighting for some time now, thank you so much! I tried to find a list of "compatible" GPUs, do you know if any such list exists? $\endgroup$ – Felix Hindemo Dec 5 '16 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ blender.org/manual/render/cycles/features.html AMD has awful support to say the least. $\endgroup$ – JakeD Dec 5 '16 at 20:58

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