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A downloadable tool for Windows, macOS, and Linux
This tool lets you generate normal maps for 2D textures, with little effort. Specially designed for Sprites in 2D games. Specular map generation is possible too, which gives your sprites the shininess they need to look PRO! It also lets you create parallax maps, mainly intended for backgrounds, to obtain a nice 3D effect in 2D games!
Normal Maps lets you create awesome realistic lights for games. This tool is primarily intended for illuminating 2D sprites for 2D games, although can also be used for 2D textures for 3D games.
Specular Maps lets you make realistic shine into your sprites.
Parallax Maps lets you "deform" the texture depending on the point of view, so you can create, for example, depth effects in backgrounds like brick walls.
Ambient Occlusion maps let you define which parts ambient light should reach. Adds realism to lights.
Version translated to Spanish, English, French, Brazilian-Portuguese, Catalan, Japanese, Danish and German!
IMPORTANT: plugins have been moved to another project page, to keep this one clean. Click here to download plugins for Laigter!
Available for free, you name your own price!
If you have any doubts or suggestions, join us on discord!
Click download now to get access to the following files:
- Laigter 1.10.6 minor bugfix is out!Jun 04, 2021
- Another bug-fix release!Feb 23, 2021
- Laigter 1.10.4!Feb 20, 2021
- Laigter 1.10.3 is out!Feb 06, 2021
- Laigter 1.10.2 Bug fix release is out!Sep 27, 2020
- Laigter documentation is online!Sep 11, 2020
- Laigter 1.10.1 BugFix release is out!Jul 26, 2020
- Laigter 1.10 released!Jul 04, 2020
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Probably in My next holidays as i'm really busy with work and games. That updated Will fix some Bugs and add some translations. No new features had been added so far for it, but You can always request if You need something!
This tool worked wonderfully for me! I used it in my latest project (Pentamental), I credited you in the description, too! :D
Hey there, I've just downloaded on Mac but it's saying
“laigter” cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified.
Laigter is not verified in Mac because I cannot afford a dev license just for it.
You can try some things to add it as an exceptions, that other users reported that worked:
- Open Finder.
- Locate the app you’re trying to open.
- Control+Click the app.
- Select Open.
- Click Open.
- The app should be saved as an exception in your security settings, allowing you to open it in the future.
If that doesn't work, you can try this:
- Open the Apple menu, and click System Preferences.
- Click Security & Privacy.
- Click the General tab.
- Click the lock in the lower right corner of the window.
- Enter your username and password when prompted, and click Unlock.
- Click the App Store and Identified Developers radial button.
- Look for “(App Name) was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer” and click Open Anyway. (In older versions of macOS, you could click Anywhere and then click Allow From Anywhere.)
- Try rerunning the app.
Hello, thanks for this nice tool! I just have a question, can i make normal maps for pixel arts?
Yes you can!
You have a "Pixelated" checkbox in the Visualization Dock. Check it. Also, for normal maps and pixel art images is usually better to use low distance and height values, as well as smooth values.
If you have more doubts, join us on discord and i can share you some screenshots, or you can send me some of your pixel art so i show you how to use with it.
I share you an image where i use laigter with pixel art game!
Hello, thank you for putting out such a great tool at name your own price! Is it possible to generate normal maps using only the command line with it? Would be awesome if I could include it into an automated pipeline
Yes! its possible. You can call laigter from the command line with --help to see the possible parameters.
In summary, doing `laigter.exe -d "path to texture" -n` will generate normal maps with default settings.
You can use the ui to generate some presets, and then use the switch -r to tell laigter which preset to use while generating through the cmd.
Oh that's incredible, thank you!
Purchased it now officially and it's perfect! Thought I should tell you about the tiniest of bugs, that from the command line the --no-gui flag works as intended but -g does not (at least according to --help)
Okay only issue is I can't seem to get the preset working from the command line. I can create a preset in the gui and export it somewhere, but whatever I try to point the arguments at the preset file, whether in the same directory or not, doesn't seem to get used. The defaults would be fine actually, if only they included transparency/copying the alpha channel. Is there something I'm missing or is this perhaps a bug with the command line usage?
Hey! Thanks for the purchase!|
Im sorry to hear that you are having inconvenience. Today after work ill check it and get back to you, because perhaps is a bug or regression.
Just passing the path to the preset should work. Ill look at it to fix it asap.
Man, this tool is really awesome! Thank you
This is a great piece of software, thank you for everything you do for internet sharing, it will play a huge role in my game
Hi. I make a comparison from Laigter (open source) with Sprite DLight (proprietary).
Your software is awesome. I could generate almost the same textures as the Sprite DLight.
PS: I don't have the sprite DLight. I just take the example from the web site and make a similar one with laigter generated textures.
Thanks for the comparison! Sprite DLight seems to be a great software! I never had the opportunity to try it. I tried to make laigter as complete as i could!
Hi, i have a problem, each time i try to export an image it comes up with an error that says "Could not export maps. check destination's permissions" any solution?
Probably You are trying to export to a directory that laigter has no permissions si save to, try saving in other directory. Or moving your original files to folders with public access
I would love to use the normal map brush, but whenever I install it, laigter crashes.
I use the flatpack version and the plugin file downloaded in the plugin page.
The flatpack version is not maintained by me, and its an outdated version. Plugins from here only work with latest version. Can you tell me the version of the flatpack you are installing? You may try with older plugin versions found here: https://github.com/azagaya/LaigterNormalBrushPlugin/releases
I have a problem - images are not displayed. Judging by the documentation, I did everything right
Sorry, i deleted previous answer. This seems to be related to a not supported opengl version by your gpu or drivers. Could You tell me your PC specs? Have You updated drivers?
Hello! This is a good software, but I found that this software does not have Chinese. I hope this software can have Chinese, because I am a primary school student and I don't know so much English. Please adopt my opinion, thank you!：)
Hi! It would be great ti have Chinese language, but i don't know Chinese, so i have to wait for someone that knows to make the translation.
I downloaded the link for windows but when I try to open my pixel art (png file) there is only a black screen
Hi! would you tell me what gpu you have and what is the supported OpenGL version for it?
My GPU is called Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1) and the supported openGL version for it is 1.1
Hey Azagaya I'm having issues saving images now. It saves them as a .laigter file and I can't open it :/
Hi! Thats because You are saving the proyect. For saving the output images You need to use the export button in the toolbar! There You can choose some export options
This app is really quite good.
Hey :) Seems like an amazing app but its not allowing me to open any files,(working on a Mac) All the icons in the app are a solid blue not detailed like in the intro video. I can click the file icon and it opens up my folders, just can't click an image to upload.
try with the import icon, or drag an image file to the app. Does that fail too?
if i have to say anything, its that the god of 2d games sent you to help everyone
This is a great tool. I have some questions .
Is there a way to add flicker or other effects to the light preview?
Is there any way to hide that flame icon/logo in the light preview?
No, there is currently no way to add flicker or to hide the icon. What are you trying to do?
Hi! Is it possible to have normal map flow properly for Tilesetter generated patterns? I'm trying to get normal maps for a tileset tile seamlessly but I think the app will treat edges as edges while they should expect some other tile to be there. Do you know the best way to deal with it?
Hi! if I understood you correctly, you just need to set the neighbors of each tile in Laigter. If you join us on discord, I can better explain how.
But basically, you import the tileset, set how many cells it has, check tileable option, and open neighbor selector to select a neighbor tile to each individual tile.
Oh, I think I found it, thanks! Is there an option to export the neighbour set? It looks like the relations are gonna be the same for most of my cases.
I am trying the animation feature but for me it crashes with a "simple" sprite. The sprite is 128*384 pixels and 32bit color:
The steps: import the image in laigter, cut it 2 by 6. Check animation box. Select it. Press play => CRASH.
Using version 1.10.3 on windows 10 64bits nvidia geforce gtx 1650
Other than that it is a great tool :-)
PS: should I post on github instead?
hi! Thanks for repirting the issue. Ill try today, sorry for the inconvenience.. yeah it would be nice if you open the issue in github! Thanks
I just tried in my pc and worked fine. This afternoon ill try in another widnows pc.
Pablo, buen día; una pregunta, espero me puedas ayudar; ¿cómo se puede replicar el filtro Caricatura y Pixelado en Unity? es con shader graph? estuve leyendo los post anteriores y mencionas una solución pero para Godot, no encontré mas. El sprite agarra un efecto muy bueno con Toon y pixelated palomeados pero no es lo mismo cuando se pasa a unity; es una herramienta increible muchas gracias. Pd. no divulgare tu identidad secreta
Hola! Honestamente, he usado unity muy poco y no estoy seguro de como se haría. En godot es muy facil renderizar el juego en pixel perfect y eos ayuda mucho. El shader de toon creo que se podria hacer facil en unity... nunca use shader graph, siempre lo hago por código . En esta semana intento averiguar y si encuentro algo te aviso.
i literally googled for about 2 hours with my 16x16 unormalized texture to get here
and i gotta say
thank you so fucking much for this
Hello! Great tool, very easy to use!
For some reason Laigter stopped displaying imported texture into main screen after I generated my first normal map. Do you know how to fix this issue? I already tried pressing all the zoom bottons.
To anyone who expericnece this issue, the problem is that I dont have a dedicated graphics card. Here is the step by step guide to tackle this problem:
1) Download this file: https://fdossena.com/?p=mesa/index.frag
2) Unzip and copy the "opengl32.dll" file open your install Laigter folder and paste the file there
3) Enjoy Laigter even with no dedicated graphics card.
This is a really great program, and it's allowed my friends to quickly create some really nice normal maps for a project we are doing together. However, we have a question.
When we import the actual normal map into Godot, the normal map itself works. However, we can't seem to get the lighting to work the way your test light in Liaghter works, specifically the Toon and Pixel filters. Could you explain to me what you used and how you made those filters possible? Specifically, did you have to use shaders, or a set of layered circles etc... ?
They look great and we'd really like to try and put that kind of light into the project. For reference, we are using Godot (if that matters, but I don't think it does).
Hi! The Pixelated and Toon options in Laigter are only for visualization.. that information cannot be exported with the map.
To replicate them in godot, for the pixel filter, you just need to import the textures with filter option unchecked.
For the Toon lighting, in godot 2D you need to write your own shader. I made a simple shader for my game with a simple toon efect. if you are interested, reach me at discord and i will share it to you. This is the discord link: https://discord.gg/88kJqry
It matters which engine are you using, because each engine has different features out of the box. With godot you have normal map, but no specular or others in 2D, for which you should implement shaders.
Also, for using with godot, remember to invert the y axis of the normal maps!
Wow, huge thanks for the quick and informative reply! I will send you a message on discord asap.
Hi. I'm having some issues exporting maps. I keep receiving an error message saying check permissions of the destination and I don't know how to fix this
you have created an absolutely brilliant program here. thank you very much for your fantastic work =)
i would like to output the preview view directly via commandline. maybe you could add this possibility... and in this context also restore the lights (position, color, ...) via preset when loading via commandline?
my wish may seem strange, but i would like to use your excellent program to automatically give sprites a bit more depth without explicitly using normal maps in my game.
Hi! Im glad you like it!
The problem of being able to output the preview with the command line is that the Qt framework needs an active opengl widget for rendering it. So the gui needs to be launched for that. The other maps are calculated in cpu instead. Maybe i can find another way to implement it. Thanks for the suggestion!
Gracias Pablo, una herramienta increible!
Me alegro que te haya gustado!
Por favor, no reveles mi identidad secreta!
Awesome program. Im trying to figure out how to use this to make deep effect on a top down building game, and day/night cycles, i would love if u can recomend me any tutorial on this program becose i couldn't find anything
Hi! i'm glad you like it! Can you share some screenshots of how your game looks? And what engine are you using?
About tutorials, there are a few on youtube... I have some unfinished tutorials that i hope i can release soon.
Awesome! I am using Godot an was looking for a tool to help generate normals for pixel art sprites, and was disappointed to learn that SpriteIlluminator apparently does not provide an option for y-invert. This is where Laigter came to the rescue!
Hi! i'm gald you like Laigter!
But to be fair, i think you can invert y in sprite illuminator, right before you export.
I want to know if the tool is free for commercial use without conditions
How can i change language manualy? I like to use all kind of tools in english, even if my native language is portuguese. Is there a way to change it?
Awesome tool by the way.
Hi! thanks for the kind words! this is a featured implemented in master branch. It will be included soon in 1.9 version, when i finish project file save/load. Here is a twitt about it!
AMAZING!!!! thankyou so much!
Wonderful program <3
-Is there a way to change the language from a menu?
I work on a spanish machine, but do English Tutorials and work with American Coworkers.
-Is there a way to Batch Render alot of images?
About the language, you cant in current version.. is planned for next version. If you are on windows you may try renaming the laigter_en files in the installation directory with laigter_es.
About the export, when you click export in the export dock, all oppened textures will be exported. Is that what you need? You could also use cli commands for using without gui
Yes! thats exactly what I needed~ thank you <3
Can´t wait for the next release, good luck! I´ll support you anyway I can as thanks~
This shows how you will be able to change language in future version :)
can i use this in : "game maker studio" too?
Yes you can, but you need to make/find a shader for that. See this for reference. If there is enough interest, perhaps i can make a tutorial for this.
Is there a way to flip normal map colors to work with different lighting engines such as Godot?
On the left side of the screen (under the "Normal" tab) there is a section called "Axis:". You can flip the X and/or Y axis there before exporting.
Thats right! Thats the way to flip normals. Thanks for taking the time to answer!
Thank you for this tool! I came back to it after a couple of months and I am very excited for the progress that has been made on it.
Yes! thank you for the answer, I saw it there but dismissed it because it looked like it was inverting the height (making bumps into dips). I may need more sleep... Again thank you.
you can also use those checkboxes to invert height. In fact,i think it would be useful to add an invert option on export, and leave those checkboxes only for inverting height.
You should update the description with the new translations available ;)
Some suggestions for future updates...
1) Currently you can add lights, but cannot delete them afterwards. Need the ability to delete added lights
2) Creating, Edit and Saving of project settings so we can comeback and edit what we have made. From programmers viewpoint... you would just save a text file of the path to the image and all the settings.
3) If you keep the export canvas function, a) change icon to something else beside an animation/video icon; b) The ability to edit the dimension (WxH) of the canvas.