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Offline Tangled-Universe

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Strata --> FINISHED
« on: December 06, 2007, 08:35:21 PM »
With a little help of JoŽl Durier (Phylloxera) I've finally managed to create some decent looking stratas using the strata and outcrops shader.

JoŽl sent me a clipfile of 2 combined stratas (stratas merged via merge shader, standard settings). Thanks JoŽl!
The clipfile sent me in the right direction on how to add some decent, no 'staircasing', stratas to a terrain.

See in his own image as well, here: http://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/index.php?image_id=1569674&member

I then added a powerfractal as blend shader to both strata shaders and also as an input on the mix control of the merge shader where the stratas were merged.
This way the stratas have some variaton on where they appear and whether one or both stratashaders appear on the terrain.
Another nice feature, which I didn't expect to appear where the trenches/ditches. Personally I like them a lot :)

As you probably can see there's a flaw in the lighting. I used GI lighting (1/1) with a fill light (to lighten up the shadows) and I forgot to give it the same soft shadow settings.
It was also a bit too strong. So you can see 2 different types of shadow in the image. Tomorrow I'll render a high-res higher detail with correct shadows (hopefully).
Next thing which I might consider is to add some populations to give the image more sense of scale. I also have to improve the surfacing I think.

Please let me know what you think of it :)

Regards, Martin
« Last Edit: December 27, 2007, 09:09:02 PM by Tangled-Universe »

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2007, 08:44:12 PM »
the crevisis (sp) look nice, good work so far.
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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2007, 08:53:45 PM »
This is looking really good.

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2007, 08:54:37 PM »
I like the detail in terrain but there seems to be something odd about the cracks...did you use image maps for the cracks??...

I see you have angled strata...

nice work...
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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2007, 08:57:52 PM »
Thank you Will and Saurav :)


I like the detail in terrain but there seems to be something odd about the cracks...did you use image maps for the cracks??...



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 then added a powerfractal as blend shader to both strata shaders and also as an input on the mix control of the merge shader where the stratas were merged.
This way the stratas have some variaton on where they appear and whether one or both stratashaders appear on the terrain.
Another nice feature, which I didn't expect to appear where the trenches/ditches. Personally I like them a lot :)

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« Last Edit: December 06, 2007, 09:02:22 PM by Tangled-Universe »

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2007, 09:31:33 PM »
This looks really good!  The deep vertical rivulets in the terrain are what really brings it out for me personally - are those a result of the strata as well or are they from the underlying terrain?
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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2007, 09:38:26 PM »
very very good !!!

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2007, 09:39:21 PM »
Thanks O_B :)

As I already said the rivulets/carves/trenches...whatever :)....are a result of the blend shader on the mix-controller of the strata. It's also dependent on the strata-settings.
Their exact relation is not completely clear (not so surprising *lol*) but as far as I know the greater the hard layer depth and spacing the greater and deeper the rivulets/trenches became.

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2007, 10:06:14 PM »
Very well done, looks really nice.

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2007, 10:16:07 PM »
Phylloxera is one of the best TG2 users in my opinion...

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2007, 10:21:24 PM »
Phylloxera is one of the best TG2 users in my opinion...

Yeah I agree, though I don't see the relevance of your comment.
His images are pleasant to look at. He gave me some of his tgd's sometime and each time I'm surprised by the simplicity of most of his setups. That's clearly his strong point.
He's generous in sharing his techniques and I really appreciate that.
It's a pity he isn't here on the forums, possibly of a language barrier?
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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2007, 10:28:21 PM »
Very nice!
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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2007, 10:28:54 PM »
yes i am :)
and my comments... well i just said what i thought at the moment... i really like to check his galery and i just gave my opinion becaus e, as you said, he's not on this forum. So, i think perhaps some of the people in here don't know him...
anyway ^^
you did a very good job on your render ;)

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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2007, 10:30:00 PM »
Invite him on-board!  I love his stuff and watch it constantly at Renderosity.  I want to learn from him.


Yeah I agree, though I don't see the relevance of your comment.
His images are pleasant to look at. He gave me some of his tgd's sometime and each time I'm surprised by the simplicity of most of his setups. That's clearly his strong point.
He's generous in sharing his techniques and I really appreciate that.
It's a pity he isn't here on the forums, possibly of a language barrier?
You're french as well aren't you...
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Re: Stratas *WIP*
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2007, 10:33:27 PM »
Invite him on-board!  I love his stuff and watch it constantly at Renderosity.  I want to learn from him.

Yeah why not, good idea :) I'll do that tomorrow because I'm going to sleep now  ;D if that's not soon enough you can do it yourself ;-) :p
As I said I love his stuff as well and you can certainly learn from him because he's willing to share his techniques with you.