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With really complicated bakes, it can be cumbersome to create many groups to properly configure the transfer from source to target meshes. When you enable the name matching functionality in a group, it will automatically separate objects by similar name.
Step 1 – Enable name matching on a group
Step 2 – Add your objects
- Add the top level or each one individually to the typical lists
Step 3 – Check naming
- Any meshes in the ‘Target Mesh’ list will be compared against the ‘Source Mesh’ list
- The matching is done by removing ‘low’ from any target mesh object names
- The matching is done by removing ‘high’ from any source mesh object names
- The matching is exact matches only.
- When the objects are found to match in the group, they are paid in their own subgroup and will not interact with the other objects in the group
Example : myobject_low will match myobject_high
Example: myobject_1_low will NOT match myobject_high
Example: myobject_low_1 will NOT match myobject_high
This can be a much faster way of assembling a complicated bake.
Step 4 – [Ambient Occlusion Only]
- Enable the option ‘Use all groups’ in the AO baker to consider all the meshes for occlusion.
- This way you can have clean transfer, but get the contact shadows of the surrounding geometry.
Step 5 – Bake
- Bake as normal and only the meshes that exactly match each other will be baked together.