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CS:GO SDK Player and Architecture Scale, Dimension, Proportion

Category: Source: CS:GO SDK
February 05, 2013
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Essential principle to any map creation, is keeping your world to scale and proper proportion. Walls, hallways, windows, doorways have to look just right to make your map realistic. If one of architectural elements looks too big or too small, the illusion of the world is gone. No matter how beautifully lit and textured it is.

Before starting your map in CS:GO, you need to know key unit dimensions for characters and architecture. This includes character crouching, standing, width. Wall heights, depths, stairs height and depth, windows, doors etc. You can't fix this in the later stages of your production, without remaking and reworking your geometry. So you must make sure that when you build your first wall, your first doorway or your first window, that they look correct.

In this tutorial we are going to cover all the necessary dimensions that you need to know in order to keep your map to correct scale and proportion.

You will learn:

  • Player height and width dimensions, standing and crouching
  • Wall, door, window heights and width
  • Minimum wall sizes for player to pass under
  • Maximum jump heights for player and objects
  • How to keep your map to scale and proportion

PLAYER DIMENSIONS

Here are basic player dimensions.

  • Player Height Standing: 72
  • Player Height Crouching: 54
  • Player Width: 32

HEIGHT/WIDTH GEOMETRY CONSTRAINTS FOR PLAYER MOVEMENT

  • Minimum Player Height to Pass Under Standing: 73
  • Minimum Player Height to Pass Under Crouching: 55
  • Minimum Player Height to Pass Width: 33

JUMPING HEIGHT

  • Jump (no crouch): 54
  • Jump Crouch: 64

MAXIMUM HEIGHT FOR WALKING OVER OBJECTS WITHOUT JUMPING

  • MaximumObject Height for Stepping Without Jumping: 18

STAIR HEIGHT AND DEPTH

  • Stair Depth: 16
  • Stair Height: 8

AVARAGE WALL HEIGHT

  • Wall Height: 128
  • Wall Depth: 16

DOOR/WINDOW HEIGHT AND WIDTH

Door and window height/width depends on the door prop model that you will use. Some doors are bigger, others slightly smaller. So this will vary case by case basis.

  • Avarage Door Dimensions: 56X112

HOW TO KEEP YOUR MAP TO PROPORTION

Use developer textures:

Use props and objects:

Use player starts player reference model:

GRID SETTING AND SCALE

Grid settings and grid snaps are one of the most important beginner elements to keep in mind. Make sure that your grid snaps are turned on.

Grid units correspond to world units.

[ ] (bracket Keys) - Increase/Decrease Grid size

Bottom right of Hammer you will see grid display.

I use 16 or 32 for blocking in. You can access few of other options for grid setting under:

  • Map --> Snap to Grid
  • Map --> Show Grid
  • Map --> Grid Setting
  • Map -->Units

CS:GO SDK Beginner Basics Series:

How to Download, Install, Launch Hammer World Editor

Level Editor Navigation and Interface Basics in 15 minutes

Player and Architecture Scale, Dimension and Proportion

BSP Brush Geometry: How to Create Your First Room

Adding Prop Models: Using Models In Your Map

Adding Lights: How to Light Your First Room (Lighting Basics)

Texturing: Applying Textures and Principles for Optimizing Early

How to Compile and Run Your First Map

Updated & Revised - Preproduction Blueprint: How to Plan Your Game Environments and Level Designs

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