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Title: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: hmmy on April 17, 2020, 02:25:26 pm
Hello,

Hobbyist here.  First week exploring the free version of Terragen, and loving it so far.  I'd love to use it long-term so I'm on the fence with purchasing Creative (mainly for rendering/exporting).

The heightmap I have in the image below is 1k.  I read in the forum anything under 4k is useless - are most of you all using 8k?  Thanks!

Glakenutica.png
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: Dune on April 18, 2020, 01:47:32 am
Welcome to this forum, and great that you consider purchasing TG. A new world will open to you, and any help needed can be provided here.
I don't use heightfields, but mainly work procedural, so I'm not really the one to answer this, but I think 1k is not really a problem, unless it's a huge area you're covering. And if you add more displacement fractals, any 'softness' of the heightfield can be camouflaged.
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: sboerner on April 18, 2020, 07:49:49 pm
Nice rendering, and it looks like your heightfield worked just fine here. 

And welcome. Looking forward to seeing more.
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: DocCharly65 on April 20, 2020, 01:42:28 am
Welcome and have a nice time with Terragen. 
Nice render. Impressive rocks.
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: hmmy on April 21, 2020, 09:57:04 pm
Took a 1k heightmap I had created a few days ago, and spent a few hours creating a background and shaders I can use as a base for my scenes going forward.

I can see myself spending way too much time diving into the function nodes here in the near future. 
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: Dune on April 22, 2020, 01:39:50 am
Nice one again.


One thing I wanted to say about posting; I don't know if it's still important with the current server, but a good while back it was advised to post as jpg's, not png's. Png take up a lot of space (MB-wise), and with all the posts server may clog up one day.... and jpg can be good enough for posts here.

If you compare these, you'll see what I mean.
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: hmmy on April 22, 2020, 10:13:08 am
Quote from: Dune on April 22, 2020, 01:39:50 amNice one again.


One thing I wanted to say about posting; I don't know if it's still important with the current server, but a good while back it was advised to post as jpg's, not png's. Png take up a lot of space (MB-wise), and with all the posts server may clog up one day.... and jpg can be good enough for posts here.

If you compare these, you'll see what I mean.
Ah, understood. Thank you!
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: sboerner on April 22, 2020, 11:00:58 am
Nice composition. How are you generating the heightfields?
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: hmmy on April 22, 2020, 12:36:08 pm
Quote from: sboerner on April 22, 2020, 11:00:58 amNice composition. How are you generating the heightfields?
Thank you.  I am generating them from Gaea (free version (https://quadspinner.com/Gaea/Download)).  With how I import the heightmaps, it works great to define basic terrain the Terragen shaders can work with.  They don't look too great by themselves (probably a user issue).
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: hmmy on April 29, 2020, 11:05:26 pm
Another simple landscape, toying with water this time.  Wanted a nice glow to it, but couldn't create anything I was happy with. 


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Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: Dune on April 30, 2020, 01:32:28 am
If you want water to glow, you could try merging it (merge shader: add color) with a surface shader that has a bit of luminosity.
Title: Re: Simple Mountain - First Render
Post by: N-drju on April 30, 2020, 12:19:02 pm
Pretty good as for "simple" landscapes. ;) Well done.