View Full Version : ctf_installation - Reducing bloom in HDR?

03-28-2008, 12:50 PM
I finished a map a few weeks ago:


Playtesters compliment me on layout and detailing, but the lighting seems to be a problem. Especially the high-contrast central canyon area suffers from a strong bloom effect on the concrete floor. The battlement floors also seems too bright.

I reduced HDR lighting in the light_environment, but am hesitant to reduce the light values further because it may become too dark. Vrad and cubemap building take very long and I know it will take days of trial-and-error to get an acceptable lighting compromise.

Is there any other way to reduce the blooming effect? I could replace the textures with darker ones, but there has to be an easy way because Valve maps don't suffer from this.

Help and advice would be very much appreciated.

03-29-2008, 06:21 AM
you could just try moving the light entities further away from the wall :D

03-29-2008, 10:06 AM
You could use the tonemap_controller entity.