Black shading cross are visible on the mesh surface


Issue

Bad looking black shading cross appear on multiple areas of the mesh in the viewport when under lighting.


Explanation

A black shaded cross usually means the normal map doesn't match the mesh, usually because the mesh geometry changed or has been computed in a way that is different from the computation performed by the baker. For example: the triangulation of the mesh is different between the baker and the viewport that renders the mesh and its normal map.

Solution

Make sure the application showing the mesh and its normal map are synced with the way the texture has been baked. This implies:

  • Verify that the Tangent Space is identical between the viewer and the baker.
  • Verify that the Normal format is identical between the view and the baker.
  • Verify that the Triangulation is identical between the viewer and the baker. See this page for more information.