Originally Posted by Japhir
now your gonna have to post an image of the thing your talking about, so we can see if the UV fairies are working for you. What Per said really is a reckognisable situation, somehow it always works out perfectly. So image please! Or we could turn it into a stupid mini challenge and upload the obj
. (or is it all NDA :S)
It's just a simple aircraft freight container which is shaped like the inside of the fuselage of an aircraft. It was close to being a square but not quite. I mirrored part of it which left this gap. The fact that I chose to mirror it was really what left the gap and didn't occur to me at the time.
So I was left trying to fill this gap with 4 separate pieces and all of them were either too big or too small and I kept on being left with about 1/4 of my space being unused.
With the exception of very organic stuff you can almost always unwrap something so that it uses almost all of your texture space, and after going to back to this I was able to do it. The problem was that I had to get the entire thing done in about an hour and a half at the end of the day and didn't want to have to take it home to work on it. It was just a simple little side prop, the kind of thing you really don't want to waste time on.
So really the question was just about time vs wasted space. Sometimes everything clicks and you don't waste space but other times it becomes more of a chore and you have to spend extra time working on something when you could have just moved on and already be working on something else.