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Nebuland, a Free-Use Map by Will-Erwin Nebuland, a Free-Use Map by Will-Erwin
Interested in making something like this yourself? Check out my video tutorial on YouTube!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uMK3Y…

This is a third in a series of maps derived from reap photos of celestial objects. With a little processing, the image becomes the height map that defines the terrain. In this case, the source is an image of a purple nebula, which is available here. You can look at the two previous maps in this series here and here.

Many nebulae have well-structured, sharply-defined cloudy areas which lend themselves well to becoming a height map. The problem with nebulae is that they often have darker interior regions, which either lead to lots of flat areas from my erosion program, or require me to do some land sculpting. I chose to do some sculpting, and I redefined the largest flat areas  to become part of a large central lake.

I've been refining my algorithm for this technique. From start to finish, this map took about an hour. With my new machine, I could probably do it in 30 minutes.

The top part of the image is free to use for whatever purpose you desire. I do not own the rights to the picture on the bottom; it's provided purely for comparison purposes.
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inkwraith Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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monterrang Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i wanna try to do somlething with the 3 galaxy island you've made for laughing one sec.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have at it!
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monterrang Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
already done XD
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woh.. Now that is impressive.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Neferchau Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing! Very well done!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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AZ-RUNE Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Very cool!!!!!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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base113 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Brilliant!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Fantastic!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! This was your suggestion, and I like how it turned out. Good idea!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Ahhh right I said sth. about it once, well done XD
Next u could do the Plejaden maybe?
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could, but that wouldn't be high on my list of choices. This technique tends to work best for cloudy objects with some visual complexity to them. Plejaden seems to mostly be a cluster of stars.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Ahhh ok, there is an awesome nebula called "Thors helmet" what about that?
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that one would probably work well. I'm working on a video tutorial of this technique now. Once I finish and post it, you should give it a try!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Wow sounds awesome I´ll definitly try it when I see ur video^^
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You may have to wait a while; my laptop's graphics/video card died while I was editing this morning, and my efforts to reinstall the driver and restore to a previous version have failed. It might be time to get a new machine. $$$ ouch.
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Shernod9704 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Nice
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Shernod9704 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Welcome
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StillnessTolls Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, interesting concept! I like how it turned out, a tutorial would be pretty neat!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your wish is granted! Here is my  video tutorial on YouTube.
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StillnessTolls Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow ^^ thanks!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! Enjoy!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll see if I can put something worthwhile together. I don't have much experience with video software, so it may take me a while.
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