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Test - Procedural Vue terrain
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Published: June 3, 2009
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After watching :iconnukeation:'s video tutorial on how to get ultra-realistic landscapes in Vue 7, I found myself experimenting after watching it until I came up with this scene :)

This is not so much about being the most conceptually interesting or original thing in my gallery, but moreso to demonstrate the technical sides of what I've learned from the video, so basing it off visuals alone - I think it's safe to say it's probably one of my most "realistic" landscapes which is evidence the video worked!

If you are a Vue 7 user yourself and never seem to be happy with how your Vue terrains look and yet don't want to rely soley on "presets", then forking over a bit of spare cash for the in-depth video (which goes for over an hour! so it's not some cheap, small thing ;)) might be a wise investment. It also has taught me certain aspects of Vue's function editor - something that I couldn't get my head around beforehand in spite of using Vue for some 2 years now...The video can be found on His Website ;)

But if your'e not and don't have a clue what I'm talking about and just want to see more pretty pictures, then don't worry - I have now uploaded a cool sci-fi scene based on this image here [link]

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tomyi1234567890's avatar
I found A great website if you are willing to purchase or try awesome height maps terrainessentials.businesscata…. I purchased it and so far I love the variety
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I might have to look  into that if I ever need a more realistic looking terrain but don't want to spend hours trying to get it right. Seems cheap enough too :handshake:
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Emilion-3|Hobbyist Writer
I get a escape from these as well. I want to live in your pictures.
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8legs|Hobbyist General Artist
Right now my blood is boiling over what idiot politicians (Tea Party) are doing to this country--shutdown of the Government. I come your pictures and they give an escape, medicine for the soul so to say. Oceans and tropical area's have always being my escape and you must read my mind because all the ones you have done are my places to be. I just wish that I could escape into your pictures. Please keep doing what you do. You are medicine for the soul, Thank-you.
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Politicians all over the world are full of shit. That's one thing every nation can agree on ;)

I'm glad you feel that way about my work. I think the need for an escape is also the reason why I create them in the first place :nod:
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Eun-su| Digital Artist
I created similar scenes in Terragen, but the quality was way worse ^^; Brilliant work :clap:
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terragen was pretty good for its time. I think Vue has gone past it now though, mostly because it's way easier to understand and has more stuff (Terragen has since been upgraded too and its renders look incredible, but it's way harder to understand :crazy:) Both can be life-savers when it comes to detailed landscapes though and really fun to use for landscape nerds like me always trying to emulate what happens in nature within the program, even if it's just playing around with different light/atmosphere settings which can set off ideas for actual pieces later on :idea:

I have a couple of crappy Terragen renders from a few years ago in my scraps though :laughing: But it wasn't long before I switched to Vue.
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tigaer|Professional Digital Artist
indeed great detail. i'm never happy with my terrains too... it's a curse.
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I recently tried a few more experiments with procedural terrains too that were OK (didn't bother rendeirng them, might save for later =p) they are hard to control especially if you have a certain composition in mind and even then you might need several terrains or a mixture (like procedural for the main landscape and standard for some key mountains etc) but they have great potential in detail, especially for terrains like deserts and mountains that you can't cover up under ecosystems :paranoid: they're lighter in file zize too :phew:
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CraigJohn's avatar
Very nice!

It was Quadspinner's video that also got me into the function editor for my terrains.

I find it easy to create terrains that look good with only a little fiddling but I'm still at a loss when I need to create a scene with specific elements in specific places but that's where the old Bryce workflow of multiple terrains overlapping each other to make the overall landscape.

It just seems wrong to do it that way when there's procedural options. :)

Ditto for using image maps to build the terrain too although I'm trying a combination of the fractals for the roughness and the image map for the altitudes which will hopefully make it crisp looking as well as having the mountains exactly where I want them. :)
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same issue here, it took forever to get the "type" of landscape I wanted, I suppose having a procedural terrain large with lots of features gives the option of being able to travel around in it for the best vantage point like a real landscape anyway :) But I also use multiple terrains, often just standard ones if I also want a specific composition of terrains and other landscape features. Still, I owe Quadspinner a lot for getting me to even touch the function editor in the first place :boogie:
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I agree - Quadspinner does indeed rock! I'm looking forward to more tutorials from him and more images from you. :XD:
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v-monlay's avatar
mountains next to the sea. a thing one does not see too often..
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno, Hawaii is the tallest mountain in the world, and it came right out of the se ;) Those in the background aren't actually a sbig as you think, you can still see evidence of grass and tree's as well as a beach right along the base, I'd say it's moreso just a very large cliff :)
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weell, if you say so.. anyway, I wonder if those shadows casted by terrs are not too long? it makes the whole area look barren, AND don't tell me that sun causes this - trees onshore are behind the cliff.
however, if the area is barren, plants should be really rickety ( is that the right word?) and convoluted (alright, I'm using those words for the first time so it'll be pretty understandable if no one understands it ;P) depending on where the wind blows most..
er, I think I'm just bragging. nice pic, and the idea of a landscape isn't bad either. those rocks really look like cold and cracked lava :)
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Starshine9268|Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely amazing Matthew... i find it extrordinary how realistic it is...
i absolutely love this piece
fanatastic job
5 star production to say the very least... i don't know what i could say for the most... i'm lost for wordsq
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I rarely go for complete realism (which I find rather boring) So I was really testing the limits of myself (and the program) to see how good I could get it :D
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Starshine9268|Hobbyist General Artist
well, you got it perfect if you ask me
i prefer surrealism as well
and you can't learn your limits through thinking - it takes practice:D your talent is amazing
i suck at landscape art - i do mostly figure drawing
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the long run, figure drawing is more profitable than landscape art by a long shot. I'd say focus on mastering that and you can always worry about landscapes later. Usually the better you get the less scared you are to try new things anyway :)
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FiLiPpO92|Hobbyist Digital Artist
good good good!!!i like vue!!!!!!
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Chromattix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yous hould try it if you get the chance, you could even import your cars into breathtaking natural scenery just like on the actual car commercials :D
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FiLiPpO92|Hobbyist Digital Artist
There I was also thinking :D
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mattiarib's avatar
I love Vue.....
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padd12's avatar
I really like the work you've been doing :)
just wondering, what sort of memory is your system
running on to do scenes like that ?
just wondering as I've been considering buying the full version, but when I've been using the free demo, it crashes if you do things to quickly and stuff :(
programs like zbrush work fine but somthing about this one makes it go a bit loopy... hope you can help :)
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