Editing Tips

Interlopers Editing Tips

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  1. Easy random entity rotation

    Tip Rating: 0.00

    Have you ever had a model such as a tree which you need to rotate each time you add it? Here is a simple way.
    1) Open a new file in hammer.
    2) Create your entity/model and place it just below the map origin as shown in the picture below:
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    3) Go to the right hand bar and click the tick-box to give it a random yaw (rotation). This means that each time you place the prefab, it will rotate from above randomly.
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    4) Click 'Create Prefab'.
    5) Save the file with any name you wish in sourcesdk/bin/<engineName>/bin/prefabs
    where <engineName> is either ep1 or orangebox depending on which game you are mapping for.
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    6) To use your prefab, select the entity tool, then in the same box as 'Create Prefab' click the 'Categories' drop-down list and select prefab. Then in the 'Objects' drop-down list select the prefab you just made. Place like a normal entity.

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    Category: Hammer

    Tip submitted by NoFace

  2. Scaling Vertices

    Tip Rating: 2.00

    If you press Alt + E while in Vertex Edit Mode, you can scale your vertices. You can change where they scale from too. (Make sure you have some selected first)

    Category: Hammer

    Tip submitted by Lord Ned

  3. Realism vs. Suspense of Disbelief

    Tip Rating: 1.00

    When a player starts up a game, they already know it isn't real. The point here is that any environment must therefore attempt to remove that idea from the player. That means just because you have seen a 200 foot long brick wall in real life, does not mean it will look good in-game. It is therefore important to get others opinions on your level to keep in check the Suspense of Disbelief you have attempted to create.

    Category: Miscellaneous

    Tip submitted by Rocket_Robinhood

  4. Wildcard Texture Searching

    Tip Rating: 0.00

    Use a semi-colon as a wildcard when searching for textures. Consider that you want to find the the generic, tileable dev textures. They are called 'dev/dev_measuregeneric01' and 'dev/dev_measuregeneric01b'. You know they're in the dev/ folder and end in generic, but nothing else. Use the code:


    and there you go! All textures in the dev folder that end in generic. Or perhaps you're looking for the tools skybox texture, called tools/toolsskybox. Type


    and it'll show up.

    Category: Textures

    Tip submitted by Zecrah

  5. Texture Flipping

    Tip Rating: 0.00

    You can flip textures by using negative values in the texture scale section on the face edit sheet tool. Put a negative X value to flip the texture horizontally, and a negative Y value to flip it vertically. For example, if you have a 'fake' brush door using the door textures, the handle will appear on opposite sides of the door. Making the texture scale of the X value on one side negative will correct this.

    Category: Textures

    Tip submitted by Zecrah

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