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L4D: Creating Breakable Glass in Hammer

Category: Source: L4D 1 & 2
June 06, 2009

Creating breakable glass in L4D tutorial that breaks into pieces upon shooting it.


1. Build a space, window frame for your glass.

2. Create a brush with 'nodraw' texture into the window frame. Make it 2 units in depth.

3. Pull up the face edit sheet and select 'urban/glass03'

4. Apply this texture, 'urban/glass03' to a single face.

5. To receive proper reflections from your environment, place 'env_cubemap' in front of your glass.

6. When compiling, make sure you have HDR checked on. Otherwise you will have an error when trying to break the glass.

Here is what it will look like if you do not compile using HDR.

7. After compiling and when in game, you must build the cubemaps. Pull up your console and type in 'buildcubemaps' command.

It will run through your textures and kick you out to main screen. Pull up your console again and start your map by typing in 'map yourMapname'


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