The engine uses zstd+bc7 compressed cubemap textures for faster processing in shaders and lower file sizes.
Alternatively, you can skip compression altogether and use
You may wish to do so when:
- Banding may appear if the image has a lots of smooth gradients.
- GPU codecs operate on 2x2 blocks. It may turn out your image has an unlucky alignment resulting in massive loss of precision.
- Compression codec may misinterpret data in semi-transparent images.
basisuresults in a crash or something likewise bad and you won’t be bothered with that.
Using KTX format is important however and you get mipmaps for free.
Since KTX is merely a metadata format, it contains raw bitmap data and requires an extra file compression step to prevent files from growing huge. The engine can deal with any zstd-compressed files transparently to other codecs so you can have best of both worlds.
1. Apply GPU compression
Use patched Basis Universal tool: https://gitlab.com/dpwiz/basis_universal
You can skip this and use a recent mainstream
basisu binary and just delete extra files after transcoding.
For flat textures:
basisu \ -mipmap \ -uastc -uastc_level 4 \ flat.png
Use online converter if you need to get PNG input images: https://jaxry.github.io/panorama-to-cubemap/
basisu \ -mipmap \ -tex_type cubemap \ -uastc -uastc_level 4 \ right.png left.png top.png bottom.png front.png back.png # the order is important
2. Transcode to KTX format
basisu -unpack -ktx-only -format-only 6 right.basis
3. Apply file compression
zstd -T16 -19 *.ktx
Some clean up…
rm right_*.png *.ktx
Ready, ship your
mv \ right_transcoded_cubemap_BC7_RGBA_0.ktx.zst \ ../../../resources/cubemaps/env.ktx.zst