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Offline balteus

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Creating a planet
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:04:53 PM »
Hi, I am a new user of Terragen and have been exploring it for sometime with good results. I have a project for which I need to create a realistic planet something along the lines of the attached image. What would be the best method to approach this?
I have a few initial ideas.
1) I need specific shape of continents, well more like one large land mass, which I am planning to achieve through an camera projected image mask.
2) I need to specify regions of mountains and deserts and so on. Maybe I can use camera projected masks again for this?
3) Fractals to create surface details within the masks but I am not able to achieve sharp details like the ones in the attached image.

I also need to make the continent move and split up at some point and maybe join back again. Can I just animate the camera I use to project the masks with or using a sequence of images would be better?

The final shot will be similar to the attached image so I need a lot of detail in the terrain which is the main focus.

Any help is welcome.

Offline Dune

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Re: Creating a planet
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 02:40:42 PM »
Welcome balteus. Have you tried the search function yet? There are quite a few threads and working files available to study.

Offline WASasquatch

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Re: Creating a planet
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 02:55:58 PM »
Dune, and me have just recently posted continental setups in the file  sharing section. Plenty of others. I am also willing to help further down the road with said details. One thing you might look into is the warp shader with the redirect or vector displacement shaders.,24734.0.html,24529.0.html
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Offline Oshyan

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Re: Creating a planet
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 09:31:39 PM »
There are also some good planet project files for purchase at NWDA:

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Offline balteus

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Re: Creating a planet
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 11:40:04 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions.