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Hammer is the official mapping tool for the Source engine.  It's used widely for building levels in CS:GO and Half-Life, among other games.  The following is a list of tutorials aimed at helping you learn to use the Hammer editor.  Feel free to post any tutorial in this thread that you find valuable, and I'll have them added to this first post.


Valve Documentation


Lambda Generation Tutorials


3kliksphilip Video's


Yanzl's Source Emporium

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Hammer Tutorial: The Basics

Learn how to install the Source SDK correctly and how to use Valve’s Hammer Editor.

  • How to Install Source SDK
  • The Tools
    • The Selection Tool
    • Magnify
    • Camera
    • Entity Creation Tool
    • Block Creation Tool
    • Texture Application Mode
    • Apply Current Texture to Selection
    • Decal and Overlay Appliance Tools
    • The Clipping Tool
    • Vertex Manipulation Tool
  • Applying Textures

Read Tutorial Here: http://lambdageneration.com/modding/source/hammer-tutorial-the-basics/

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Absolute Beginners’ Guide to Source Mapping

"Welcome to the first of our new Modding & Development Tutorials. In this installment we’ll help you take your first steps into creating a map in Valve’s Source SDK.  Creating levels can be challenging, fun and very rewarding (albeit sometimes frustrating) and you will be able to release your creations to thousands of players worldwide.  This tutorial will focus on single-player mapping for the Half-Life 2 branch of Source, but the skills learned are applicable to any game, from Garry’s Mod to Portal 2. This guide will include changes to the way that the Source SDK is used, as a result of SteamPipe."


  • Getting Started
  • Basic Construction
  • Redecorating
  • Entities
  • Compiling



Read Tutorial Here: http://lambdageneration.com/modding/source/beginners-source-mapping-guide/

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The extreme basics of mapping for CS:GO in just 3 minutes.

0:05 - Installing Hammer Editor

0:19 - Making your first room

1:10 - Placing Spawn points

1:29 - Running for first time

2:20 - Adding a light COMMON PROBLEMS

1:04 - Can't see map, only see wireframe

1:41 - Can't select a team / spawn in your map in-game.

2:09 - Program becomes unresponsive



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Yanzl's Source Emporium - https://www.mapcore.org/topic/21830-yanzls-source-emporium/


Yanzl shares download links to a ton of assets:

  • Assets from his maps (Breach, Thrill, Cruise, Resort, Zoo, Castle).
  • Water Pack
  • Substance Shaders
  • VMT  Editor
  • PBR to Source
  • Radar Generator
  • Sun Color Calculator



Follow the link at the top of this post for more images, info, and download links.



Also included in the thread is a guide to using the Radar Generator: https://www.mapcore.org/topic/21830-yanzls-source-emporium/?do=findComment&comment=446043



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