We'll show everyone who wants to do a Map for HL2 or a different Mod
This article can help bring your older mods back to life on Steam pipe
A basic application of the ai_relationship entity
make antlions or other npc's assault / move to a place on the map
It makes a Rope Bridge that spans a gap of 256 and is 64 units wide. There are two examples one is breakable.
How to make a hanging/swinging light fixture.
A quick guide on how to make that really fantastic looking water from Half Life 2/Counter Strike.
Shows how to make an angled pipe using displacements.
Introduction to, and use of, a logic_case
In this tutorial I will show you how to use lightmapscale to help make good, realistic looking shadows.(#1Duck)
List of Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike Source skynames
This tutorial was put together by Raidenator and shows how to make flares the player can pick up.
Let you map have light! A tutorial that will give you a better idea of how simple lights are implemented into your maps and also the effects that they will have on the compiled product.
Disguising the player as a combine by Treb_Treb
Doors in HL2: The prop_door_rotating Entity
This is how to recreate the dog/ball interchange that appears in Eli's lab in the game.
Making a Breakable Window
Blow up a wall with an airstrike
CSS hostage resuce
Making a Ladder
Using the 'Clipping' tool to cut holes
This tutorial shows the very simple way to make cylinders and spheres using displacements.
You have an nice interior area of your map. You have a few opaque windows and you want to have them cast light into your map.
This tutorial shows how to build a garage door that opens up and over.
This tutorial shows how to hang something from a rope/cable. In this case it's a citizen - but the same principle applies to other models/entities.
shows how the oncoming train in d2_coast-07 was put together.
This shows one way of using the aiscripted_schedule entity. We will create a group of combine, who will seek out and come after the player.
It is the Battery Puzzle in HalfLife 2 where you have to get the batteries all hooked up.
CSS Bomb target
Ever wondered how Valve made them, find out here!
In this Tutorial we'll explain you how to navigate the Hammer Editor. You'll learn more about the functions of the Tools and the handling of the Editor.
A Physics Collapsing Ceiling
Make a door open when shot
Hang 'Em High: phys_ballsocket
A different way of doing it
How to create a rotating door using models.
Elapsed Time by Bud Doug Lee
Resembling the automatic stairs in Portal, this was made for Ep 2. It will work in both Half-life 2 and Portal, just be selective with your textures.
Ever wondered how you can make caves like in Episode 2?
Cycling between cameras, chase cameras, etc.
Create a simple corridor in hammer
A list of them, and solutions
This tutorial is a continuation of the fourth tutorial, we will take the rooms made there and join them with a corridor.
Making Maps Realistic
This one looks at how you get a dropship to take troops to a particular location on a map.
Quick and Easy Working Ladders
This is a tutorial about ncp_strider . It will cover walking.
Triggered door with button
How to blend two existing textures
An easy little tutorial that teaches the user to create hinged objects. In this example, we'll be making shutters.
This tutorial is about the Clip tool.
This is a tutorial showing how to make double sliding doors
This tutorial gives you a better idea of how some of those cool water effects in HL2 are created. It's surprisingly simple
how I made the tunnels in my map
Making the Gman into a 'Model Citizen'
Placing a BuyZone in a CSS map.
One way of using trigger_look. In the VMF - you see a screen of the adjacent room, then a shelf falls down in the room enabling you to get a gun and ammo. Zombies Optional !
how to set up the exploding Gaspumps found in one of the coast levels.
This is a follow to Simple Lasers. It demonstrates how to link lasers to entities which move. Two ways are illustrated here and in 137 - a laser that goes up and down and one that revolves and moves to and fro at the same time.
A guide on the three diffrent types of glass the source engine is capable of
This is a basic tutorial on displacement mapping
This shows how to build a Revolving Door. The tutorial will cover making a plain door; a door with glass in, and a door with breakable glass in.
This tutorial shows how to make a simple rotating light. It's illustrated here as two lights on opposite sides of the fitting, but you can have one or three or more.
This tutorial by Terrenteller shows how to spawn an npc_stalker by a button. The stalker walks across the room then disappears.
This is a set of stairs that slide out from a wall.
Alot of people have problems with opening their console.
The most common reason for props not showing up in the game
In this tutorial I have tried to show how to set up scripted_sequences.
This is a basic tutorial on how the Gravity function works. Put simply, to change the gravity the player must walk through a trigger_gravity brush.
Cutting holes in things: which tool and why
This is part of a series of tutorials on making better maps through simple techniques. This isn't about performance, this is about style, read another tutorial to get higher frame rates.
This is just an illlustration of what can be achieved with creative brushwork, so you don't always have square or rectangular rooms in your map.
Illustrates the use of func_tracktrain, path_track and the phys_ragdoll_constraint.
Moving water layer
In this Tutorial we'll explain you how to navigate the Hammer Editor. You'll learn more about the functions of the Tools and the handling of the Editor.
Making Props Show Up
I have taken the Hotel building from Trainstation and constructed it from scratch.
This tutorial shows how to make a breakable padlock, enabling access to a locked/padlocked area. This is the promised extension to the env_steam tutorial ( No: 51) and uses that VMF.
Making it Rain or Snow
This tutorial was written by Boomstick123 (with hints from Bornstein) and creates a fully operational keypad for unlocking a door.
A short tutorial illustrating how to get an npc_metropolice to shoot a flare into the air.
Hidden and Dangerous: npc_sniper
In this short tutorial we'll get a citizen to run from one side of the map to the other screaming.
Creating different glass types
The PVC is a camera that you can have static or moving. It changes the players view from the player, to anywhere you like.
In this and the last tutorial, I have tried to show how to set up a zombie breaking through walls: out of a cupboard and through metal panels
This tutorial shows how to make the plug that features a lot in the game.
This is a tutorial is the first on the logic_choreographed_scene.
Creating the unpluggable TV, as seen in Half-Life 2.
How to get physics objects into your Source engine maps
*Clip clip* Learn it. Use it. Love it.
In this tutorial i will show you how to create a basic room with a nice light and how to use the HDR effect in your maps.
Second Video tutorial showing how to get your creations into Half-Life2 by means of a logic_choreograpphed_scene.
Configure advanced compile to run with extra parameters etc.
This is a basic tutorial about npc_helicopter
Put together by Dylan Holcomb, this helps you find your way around the new Particle Editor.
This camera is good for when you join a map, it gives you a view of the map before you join a team
Want some realistic terrain? Read on!
This is an example using the undocumented info_lighting_relative entity. Its primary use seems to be to light a prop_dynamic or prop_physics in a situation where a normal lighting source will not fit, or where a special lighting effect is desired.
You saw them, you want to make them...
This is another PORTAL tutorial. This one is the basic circular door model. Next tutorial will deal with the button that you put the box on to open it.
In this series of tutorials we will take the room made in the first tutorial, duplicate it, and make a two level room.
This is a basic tutorial on lighting which I discovered on thread at Facepunch Forums. I liked it's simple straighforward four step approach to getting good basic lighting effects.
Using assault_ entities to direct Combine assaults
This is an extension of the tutorial on cameras.
Creating a Skybox
This is a tutorial illustrating a use of the info_node_link. An entity that has a link to another info_nodethat can be turned on and off.
In this and the last two tutorials, I have tried to show how to set up a zombie breaking through walls: out of a cupboard and through metal panels
In HL2 City 17 - there's a scene where you and some rebels are trying to get through a combine gate.
Learn how to use the npc_maker entity to create attack waves of enemies
This is an illustration of some of the things you can do with Trigger_push. Most of what you need to know is in the VMF as you can experience the effects there.
This is a tutorial on the 2-D skybox, which is the simpler of the two types of skybox in Hammer.
This tutorial shows how to make npc_metropolice and npc_combine_s patrol. It's based on ai_goal_actbusy and info_node_hint entities.
Illustrates how to make fast zombies climb. Also in here is a way of starting the map in cheat mode on map spawn.
Shows how to place water so it looks natural in a displacement area.
How to place weapons with ammo in CS:S
This tutorial will describe how to set a sky different than the default one. At the end of the tutorial there is also a list of all the available skies as well as a link to a picture of them for reference.
This is another PORTAL tutorial. This shows how to make the 'Emancipation Grill' or Portal Cleanser, that removes the useful boxes, when you walk through.
a way for setting off events (explosions in this case) randomly
Create a simple room with a light
A short and sweet tutorial that shows a simple way to blend fog seamlessly into the horizon.
This tutorial is on the Vertex edit tool. It attempts to show how to use this tool to manipulate brushes into different shapes.
You are able to examine a VMF and pull out the bits you are interested in looking at, and learn how Valve used entities and how they relate to each other, to achieve certain effects.
This tutorial shows how to 'fuel' an energy source.
Create a basic water setup for your source level
Wanted to make something like in Unreal tournament a bounce pad,
This tutorial will explore how to use the env_screenoverlay entity. This is used in the intro to HL2 with G-Man musing about calling on Gordon again. The tutorial covers just the basic stuff about how to make it work.
Part one of an In-depth tutorial covering the ins and outs of lighting in the Source Engine
This is a tutorial on how to make ladders that actually work
This is a tutorial on how to make a 'real' lift/elevator. This is the prop_dynamic model lift seen throughout the HL2 game, primarily in Eli's Lab.
Using the displacement feature
Made in Episode 1 config. Tutorial shows how to blow up doors with combine lock on.
This is a list of soundscapes for some Source Games
illustrating a dangling electric wire
Covers four different ways of making Volumetric Light and in part two shows how to create fake shadows.
How to set up a zombie breaking through a wall, out of a cupboard and through metal panels (a bit like in the early coast level). I have tried to show a few ways of doing it using, and in the process illustrate a couple of ways of blowing up walls.
Making a Rotating Door
Portal: Changing Textures/Signs
Making Respawnable Entities
Set the mood of a scene easily using Source's in-game GUI colour correction editor.
An introduction to terrain creation
This is the second tutorial on moving lasers. In this one the laser is in a round tunnel, it moves back and forward through the tunnel and revolves at the same time.
In this tutorial I will try to describe how to make a 3d skybox. See tutorial 100, here for the theory. The map I am making here is a bit like the SDK_3dskybox map, simple enough, but the principles apply to more complicated maps
A guide to light ents for newbies
The following tutorial shows how to spawn antlions that attack you.
Making a Spawn and func_buyzone in CS:S
Part two of an In-depth tutorial covering the ins and outs of lighting in the Source Engine
making a moving background map on the menu page of the game.
Adding that touch of ambience to your Source maps
This tutorial was written in response to a query on the Chatbear forum. Shadowofamn wanted to know how to make a ladder, like a fire escape, that slides down to ground level so you can use it.
It shows a good way of using a math_counter and triggers, to set off a number of events.
This was put together by qwerty who was trying to find a way to make the Citizen act like a metrocop guarding an area (ai_goal_police).
This tutorial covers the basics of gameflow, why it is important and how to achieve it.
This one shows how to create the Zombie lying on the floor who gets up when you appear, 'Zombie Slumprise' I think.
Make combine NPCs hurl barrels at the player and fire at them
This tutorial shows how to get citizens to jump down, as in the d3_c17_04 level HL2.
This is a tutorial showing two ways how to make a door that stays locked until the player has a 'key' to unlock it. Can be used with any sort of door. This tutorial will use a func_door , a func_rotating_door .
Making a Camera
This shows how to construct a water area that kills the player. Obvious example is from Lost Coast - where if you venture into the water you see all these white leeches and you die fairly quickly.
This tutorial explains how to make a picture of your choice load up as the background picture on the ingame menu page.
Take your first steps into creating a map in Valve’s Source SDK.
Creating a Mounted gun, for Orange-box games and mods. (Ep2, etc)
Create a TV with Breen talking on it
An easy to use tool that makes life easier in many ways.
Part 2 - In this Tutorial I have included two fake mechanisms.
This is a timer put together by Bud Doug Lee for PORTAL. It is set up so that as soon as the map starts the timer counts down from 30 seconds to zero.
In this tutorial we will build a room and divide it with a wall.
This is another PORTAL tutorial. This one is the basic circular door model this time with two buttons needed to open the doors.
An intermediate tutorial, it will try to give as much step by step as possible, but assumes you have Basic knowledge like making a room, using an info_player_start, and putting in a light entity.
Leaks, Pointfiles, and You
Sun, rain, dust and fog
This tutorial shows how to place a Thumper (The combine machine that scares the antlions) This is the version you can climb and switch on and off.
This shows how to make a npc_c scanner on the same path patrol endlessly.
Counter-Strike Source and R_speeds
A keypad tutorial with a difference
This tutorial is about Teleports. The map shows four teleports, A to B then B to A.
High Dynamic Range can help you add that warm glow to your creation.
This tutorial covers the env_steam entity , and includes a valve to turn it on and off.
How to make breakable glass
These cameras are working monitors that turn on when a button is pushed.
This tutorial demonstrates the use of the logic_case and logic_timer entities.
how to get npc_seagull to spawn and to fly.
This is another tutorial about ncp_strider. It will cover crouching and crouch/walking under things. This was difficult to get to work, but the important issue seems to be make sure there is enough space all around the strider.
Design realistically-breaking glass doors
This is fairly basic and does not require an extensive knowledge of Hammer.
Add Breakable Glass to your level
This was my first tutorial, for a pop up ground turret as seen in d3_c17_10b
Following on from the bomb target tutorial - how to set Bomb advance in your CSS map with fire and sound. This is a VIDEO tutorial.
How To make a ladder
How to construct one from scratch - though there is a prefab in Hammer.
This is a basic tutorial about how to get the Strider to fire the minigun and the cannon. The set up is straightforward, just a bit specialised for the demonstration VMF
This is a tutorial on the ai_relationship entity. It will emerge in parts as I experiment with what works and what doesn't. In this tutorial we will look at how to get the npc_combine_s to ignore the player.
Reducing Vis Times
This tutorial is just another way of triggering something into action.
Making a Rope/Cable
Displaying something, and plugged into the wall
This tutorial will try to explain how the phys_pulleyconstraint entity works.
This tutorial shows a way of getting two Combine soldiers to Rappel from a helicopter.
This tutorial demonstrates some of the action in the Coast levels in the game.
The basic principles to Game_UI and Logic_Compare entity control.
Finding leaks in the new Hammer
Making a Rotating Fan
This is a tutorial on the env_soundscape entity, written by Mynameisme. It shows how to put in two different soundscapes and how they work in changing from one to another.
Simple Swinging Light
AI path Finding in Half-Life 2
Draws a basic outside area with trees and fog, and suggests a couple of good sky and light environment combinations to get a good effect.
A tutorial on how to get an npc_cscanner to equip itself with Combine Mines and drop them. The scanner uses Path Corners to guide it's movement.
this shows how to make the headcrab canisters that crash in from the sky and disgorge a number of headcrabs.
This tutorial shows how to make a simple camera and project a scene onto a monitor.
This is a tutorial showing how to make swing doors.
Using Math_Counters To Trigger Single Events From Multiple Triggers
This tutorial illustrates how to recreate the effect of Gordon Freeman waking, then getting up.
Cordon Tools in Hammer are useful for enclosing a map for compiling, if you don't have a skybox yet. Also useful for locating errors in a large map.
In this tutorial we will learn how to use the sew command with displacement mapping, as well as a few tips for easier dispacement mapping.
Texture variation within a terrain surface
Creating an arch that fits in a square hole
You want to make a ceiling collapse, whether to let in combine soldiers or headcrabs, or just to block a route. In this tutorial, I'll be showing you the basics.
Triggers, Inputs and Outputs are an intricate part of adding interactivity to your levels
Shows you what you should use subdivide for
In several paces in the game, metropolice throw ignited explosive barrels down onto Freeman, in water.
Ever wanted to give areas in your map a name that'll show up under the radar, next to teamchat and that bots will refer to?
create a CCTV style monitor that will display two different camera locations on one monitor toggled by a button.
This is a small tutorial demo, which has an npc_combinegunship flying around for a while and then exploding.
This tutorial is a basic guide to the ai_goal_actbusy entity.
Make a button turn a light on and off
PORTAL tutorial illustrating how to set up the wake up scene at the beginning of the game. It is similar to the scene where Gordon Wakes Up in HL2.
Introduction to the light_dynamic entity
An introduction to Source physics
This is a revision (April 2009) of the original tutorial which turned out inaccurate either because I'm dumb, or because of a change in the SDK. It's an addition to the tutorial (53) on the Point_viewcontrol entity.
Part 1 - This tutorial shows how to make a single drawbridge.
This example demonstrates how to build a 21 floor spiral staircase using the Paste Special function.
Make players start out with certain weapons.
This tutorial shows how to make an 'Iris' door.
this is how you make the camera drop to the ground like in the singleplayer game.
Import Custom Textures
This is a basic tutorial by Raidenator on how to create a displacement brush. These are the brushes that are used mainly for creating terrain.
Making a Camera Part 2
Part 2. Add manhacks to your level that are hostile towards the player
Early on in Portal, the Portal gun can only place one type of Portal, so the other will be present already. This tutorial originally by Namelezz! shows how to do this.
This is a basic tutorial about the ai_goal_police . This is basically an entity that when triggered forces a named npc_metropolice to guard a particular area in your map.
Using the Nodraw Texture
Based on a VMF supplied by Bud Doug Lee this shows how to set up an active Energy Ball launcher and trap for PORTAL.
This tutorial follows a request on the Halfwit-2 forum about respawning items.
How to make stuff respawn if the conventional ways fail.
This tutorial by Maloof?/Superbacon of the Facepunch Forums, covers the placement and basic animation of the Citadel Core from Halflife-2: Episode 1.
A short tutorial on how to add decals to brush entities.
how to make water rise and fall in a map
This tutorial shows how you get a Dropship to drop a Strider.
A short story on a 1.6 to source conversion
This tutorial attempts to show how to make them come up through the floors.
Add manhacks to your level that are hostile towards the player
How to use XSI to detail your world geometry
Making distant scenery
This tutorial shows how to make a conveyor that transports the player - so a moving floor I guess. I will put up a tutorial on how to make one for transporting objects later.
Tutorial on how to set up Floor turrets to shoot at your enemies.
This Tutorial covers some very basic stuff about env_global specifically the effect of the Gordon Pre-criminal setting in relation to NPC_Citizens following or not following the player.
This builds a BASIC ROOM takes you through making brushes, hollowing, placing the player, adding a light source and some basic texturing operations in Hammer
Need to make some good old fashioned glass in Source? Read on.
This tutorial shows how to electrify something so that touching it hurts the player.
Create a simple lift/elevator system for your maps
Tutorial showing how to get citizens (NPC's) to come through a door.
A trick for improving player movement through your single or multiplayer level. Touches on the proper use of prop_physics, player clips, and layout techniques.
and why yours might not work
This tutorial will teach you how to make a func_breakable_surf start out broken when the map loads without the player doing anything to it.
Triggering a Sound
This is a tutorial on Neon Signs, made by Bud Doug Lee. The VMF has three letter 'A' in red, that blink on one at a time, then all blink on and off.
The tutorial is one way of making a zipline.
This tutorial shows how to place and link, ai_goal_assault, assault_assaultpoint and assault_rallypoint.
how to make the Magnusson Device spawner from Episode 2.
Control NPC actions
A tutorial on how to create a tire swing with physics and constraints
Looks at both way of putting a sun (env_sun) into your map.
a tutorial on how buildings that are not accessible to the player, but form an essential part of maps, were made, and were able to look so realistic.
This shows how to put the Episode 2 car in your map. It also shows how to set up the radar unit, and an example of using it.
It shows how to get npc_metropolice to jump down off walls. (Level d1_canals_01a for example).
How to create destroyed holes realistically via the Clipping and Vertex Edit tools
Making a Dynamic Light
This is part two of the dangly wire/electrified water tutorial. It uses the set up in the last tutorial and only adds a water brush and a trigger_hurt brush, and a couple of adjustments to outputs.
DON'T LOOK AWAY
Creating curved geometry using arches
Using displacement maps to preserve texture alignment around arches.
how to make a func_physbox explode upwards, and basically how to fling heavy objects into the air.
A tutorial covering how to make plugs that can be unplugged and plugged in over and over again, as well as learning how to use the combine power generator prefab.
Illustrates a use of the trigger_wind entity. The VMF has a simple set up some containers on a table and a cardboard box are blown by a gust of wind.
This tutorial shows how to insert your own .wav file and get a model (GMan in this case) to mouth what you have recorded.
how to make rock structure from multiple displacements
The actbusy system is used to make NPCs appear busy. NPCs do so on placed nodes and will act busy until certain conditions are met (such as hearing an explosion).
Have you ever noticed that some 'grass' textures also have tall grass and weeds that show up in game?
This is a tutorial on simple lasers using env_beam ). It looks at 'Trip' Lasers, that when you walk through make something happen and harmful lasers that hurt or kill the player.
This is a tutorial about stairs.
Hanging Entitys from a rope in CS:Source
Create a remote control mechanism that applies to a vehicle.
Shows how to make an escalator using the func_tracktrain.
Real Constructive: Hammer Geometry for Unreal Mappers
Want to make it look like your map is enormous without it actually being large? Read on!
It shows how to make a lift that will visit anyone of five floors, by pressing the appropriate button
The input/output system for the Source engine is a very powerful tool, read on to learn its secrets
This is our first PORTAL tutorial. It shows how to make the Pits that appear throughout the game.
This is a small tutorial demo, showing how to use the 50 percent falloff distance and 0 percent falloff distance in the light and light_spot entities.
This is a tutorial for how to spawn objects with a press of a button.
In this tutorial we will take the room made in the last and put in two ways of turning the light on and off.
Need to make a dropship fly in and drop off some combine soldiers?
Getting it done despite the bugs
This Tutorial assumes you have completed 'Part-1', of making the corridor.
In this second tutorial on the Arch tool. In it we will look at how to make curved corners and coving in rooms.
Shows you how to make a tunnel through the use of displacements
Create a simple setup with a door that rotates
The tutorial shows how you can respawn the func_physbox (which puts the map back to the start) by means of func_buttons.
This tutorial shows how to make an npc_combinedropship carry and drop off an npc_vehicle_apc.
This is a tutorial about rappeling. Cops and combines dropping out of the air to make life difficult for the player.
This is another PORTAL tutorial. This one is the basic circular door model with the button that you put the box on to open it.
Part 3 - This tutorial shows how to make a double drawbridge.
Ever wanted to know how VALVe did the blinding light tunnel trick in Half-Life 2? Found out here.
In this Tutorial we will explain you how to create your first room. You will learn to place one light and a player start and something more. So you got a basic knowledge of building a map.
Learn how to install the Source SDK correctly and how to use Valve’s Hammer Editor
Making a freight elevator with props
The Tangled Web We Weave: Ropes in HL2
How to make the inside and outside of a dome using displacement surfaces
This tutorial on an alternative multi choice lift using func_movlinear instead of func_tracktrain.
This tutorial shows the basic steps to change from one map to another (level change)in the game.
Simple tute showing how to do this. Be aware that when they get shot a headcrab appears from nowhere !!
Using them, and stopping them from kicking up dust
How to add custom sounds to Source maps
This is a tutorial for creating an initial block map for an outdoor real world location.
This tutorial is another train oriented one. It shows how to make a couple of trains go from one tunnel to another, and after a short while they do it again endlessly.
Making a Bomb Site in CS:Source
A teleporter that goes to a random location
This is a tutorial from Nero that shows you how to make a carryable blowtorch that you can use to cut open a door.
how to make a mirror
little how-to on the new way to link entities
An intermediate tutorial, it will try to give as much step by step as possible, but assumes you have Basic knowledge like making a room, placing entities and texturing.
An introduction to scripted_sequences in Source.
This is a simple tutorial; how to make it snow. The standard brush env_precipitation does not really work, everything in it looks like rain. However env_embers is a good substitute.
This is a PORTAL tutorial. Shows how to construct the Rocket Gun - from a VMF by Bud Doug Lee.
How to make a simple door that swings open
Make a door that can only be opened with a key card
This is a short simple tutorial outlining the steps you need to take to get an NPC to lead the player to a particular place.
In this first tutorial on the Arch tool, we will make a tunnel, like those seen in HL2.
This is a short tutorial on the new func_reflective_glass and texture,
Doing Buildings and Models the Combine way of life.
I put a vmf in the 'Workshop' covering a few ways of making a cop kick down a door, but they were hacks really, so this is the real thing.