I often hear the word "bake" used when speaking about textures and visualisation in films, video games and 3D modeling. I don't want to sound silly but I can't quite understand this particular word in this context, not it's origins, nor it's definition.

Does it mean compile or render? Why the word bake and not sone other word?

  • This description of texture baking might help folks answer your question: wiki.polycount.com/wiki/Texture_Baking I have a vague sense that it refers to "setting" a texture, similar to baking a glazed pot in a kiln to make the glaze stick to the clay an become, um, immutable. I don't know the actual origin of the term though.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 13:45

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From all the English language sources I've tried, the simplest definitions of the specific "term to bake in/into" are these:

1.to incorporate (a feature) as part of a system or piece of software or hardware.

2.to include as an inseparable or permanent part

Here's the link (9 a,b) in case you somehow missed it searching, and here's, since you are a Russian translator and may use Russian language resources as well, the "Мультиран's" similar definition.

In addition:

As for the "baking" as a process, I couldn't find anything more simple than that it refers to the action of transferring mesh based information into textures (the source) , but to an average person, it seems to be rocket science (I think to most users of ELL and surely to me, it is), but I think that the explanation of how it works and what mesh-based information is can be found on some other site.

  • Another common phrase in the sense of making something a permanent part: ...ALM processes have quality baked in from the outset... "Baking" a texture is a little bit different (you don't "bake in" the texture, you just bake it).
    – ColleenV
    Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 20:37
  • @ColleenV - Thanks for the comment--It helped me to add a few lines to my answer.
    – Victor B.
    Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 21:56
  • Well, I guess bake then means "to prepare a texture from different ingrediences"? Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 23:44
  • @SovereignSun - Like baking a pie? Maybe:)
    – Victor B.
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 9:24

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