UVPackmaster 2

An efficient and fully-featured UV packing engine

Basic Usage

After you install UVPackmaster you will see it provides a ton of different options. Fortunately you don’t need to tweak anything in order to perform a basic packing operation. Simply select UV islands you want to pack and press the Pack button. You should see your islands packed immediately.

Precision

The most essential option you should pay attention to at the very beginning is Precision (in the Basic Options panel). It determines how exact the engine will be when packing UV islands. The greater the Precision value, the better quality of packing you will get. At the other hand greater Precision means a longer packing time, that is why you should increase this parameter carefully. The initial Precision value is 200 - it should be sufficient for most scenarios. If you want to achieve more exact margins (in pixels), sometimes you will have to increase this parameter to 500, maximally to 1000. Greater values will be needed only in very rare cases, if you want to achieve very small margins between islands (e.g. 1 pixel in a 4K texture). Generally you should avoid setting Precision to a value greater than 1000 as it will increase the packing time considerably.

Keep in mind that setting Precision to a too low value might result in overlapping UV islands after packing. You should not worry much about it though - the packer automatically checks for overlapping islands after packing is done. It will select the problematic islands and show you a notification, if it detects some.

Basic Options panel

Margin

The Margin parameter from the Basic Options panel implements so called basic margin (in contrast to pixel margin). It determines the distance between resulting islands after packing. Packing with the use of basic margin is fast, but you should be aware that the value of margin is applied to islands before packing. After packing is done the UV islands are scaled (to fit the packing box), so is the margin value which was originally applied. That is why it is difficult to predict the exact distance between islands in the resulting UV map when using the basic margin fuctionality. If you want to specify the exact margin between islands (in pixels), you should use the Pixel Margin option. The default value of the Margin parameter (0.005) is a good one to start with.

Rotation Step

The Rotation Step parameter determines how many orientations of every island will be taken into consideration during packing. The step is specified in degrees. For example: if the parameter is set to 90 (degrees), then 4 orientations will be taken into account: basic orientation (island rotated by 0 degrees), island rotated by 90 degrees, island rotated by 180 degrees and island rotated by 270 degrees. If step is set to 45 degrees, then 8 orientations will be processed etc. A desirable value of the Rotation Step parameter should be a divisor of 90 (i.e. one of the values from: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 18, 30, 45, 90), although it is not strictly required. Keep in mind that the lower the rotation step, the longer the time required to pack the UV map.

IMPORTANT: in the vast majority of packing scenarios the default value of 90 degrees for Rotation Step will give you best packing results in a short packing time.

Last updated on 17 Dec 2019
Published on 17 Dec 2019

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