Terragen canyon workflow

Terragen canyon workflow

Here is a short video showing how to create a canyon by applying successive displacement layers in Terragen.

We start with coarse displacements and gradually apply finer and finer displacements.

We finish with the application of color layers, also based on fractals.

The complete project with comments is available on my Canyon 9 product page

 

A Terragen image step by step

Here an illustration of making Terragen picture step by step.. from a simple heightfield to a complete procedural shaped terrain and texturing

This scene is available in my store ready to play with it and add new iterations !

Starting by create global procedural shapes

Adding details without denaturate the landscape

Adding colors by altitude and/or by slope

Adding some vegetation (here some XFROG plants used) and adjust colors to better match. Find an interesting point of view.

Books

Some books where I wrote some chapters few years ago, to explain, step by step, the creation process of my pictures :

Paysages 3D with a picture done with Terragen 0.9

Illustrations 3D with a picture done with KPT Bryce

It’s funny to see that these old books are still on sale….. hurry up before they become collectors 😉

Luc Bianco

XFrog, Inc plants models I often use in my scenes

XFrog, Inc plants models I often use in my scenes

Some wonderful and useful Xfrog, Inc models for lot of scenes I like to use :

Tropical with 20 species native to the world’s tropic regions. Each species includes 3 variations in age, size and shape for a total of 60 highly detailed, fully textured 3D models.

    Storm scene rendered in Terragen

Oceania 3 with 20 species from all over Australia and Oceania.  9 variations in age, size and shape

   Tropical XFrog plants and flowers - scene rendered in Terragen 4 alpha

USA Southwest contains 3D plant models of 20 species of cacti and succulents native to the deserts of the American Southwest.  3 variations in age, size and shape

USA Conifers contains 3D tree models of 20 species native to North America.  3 variations in age, size and shape

   

Europe 3 a collection of very detailed 3D trees.  20 species from all over Europe at different ages and varied seasons. 9 variations.

 

Garden scene rendered in Terragen 4 alpha

Agriculture 20 with species. 9 variations in age and shape