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Need some beginner help, please

Started by Tecknowolf, March 07, 2013, 12:17:19 pm

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Hey folks, I have been playing with World Machine for the past couple of weeks.  I am trying to take a rough Photoshop map and import it into World Machine.  The map is sharp edged black and white map.   I have tried using .PNG and .TGA with varying results.  Also I am not getting how to specify where I want to modify the terrain, do I go to layout and use Layout Shapes as my area of influence?

I would appreciate any suggestions.


Hi there,

My first question is what you want to do with your input mask. If you want to use it as a basis for terrain, you're probably going to need to do several things to it:

1) Add a Blur device to the output of the file input set to a pretty high radius to create softly falling off edges
2) Pipe that input into the guide and/or mask inputs of an Advanced Perlin Noise device to create terrain shapes within the guide image.

I highly recommend checking out tutorial #2: http://world-machine.com/learn.php?page=tutorial

It deals with masks and selectively applying effects.
-- Stephen Schmitt
- Creator of World Machine


March 08, 2013, 01:35:37 am #2 Last Edit: March 08, 2013, 01:46:08 am by Tecknowolf
Thanks Remnant,  I see how  you would use Radial Gradient, but I don't see how to set up a Layout to an Advanced Perlin and have that connect to the map.  In your post http://forum.world-machine.com/index.php?topic=1590.0 I see several things, but I don't see where the file input goes into anything here.  Am I looking at this too linearly?  I am not an artist or a programmer sadly so maybe I am not seeing the flow of things.  I am trying for mountains like in that link, and the coast looks good too.  The clamps hold the elevation at a set height range.  And by combining the Mtns section and Rolling plains to the first erosion, but what does the continent raise clamp and coastal erosion do?


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