michiel | 6 years ago | 5 comments | 7 likes | 5,460 views

Tintin, ID Production, vincent and 4 others like this!

Here's a great site I just discovered.

It's an online tool that generates displacementmaps of any part of the world.

I just did a quick test, exporting a loch in Scotland and I think it's very promising. Real-world maps look so much better than artificially generated maps!

The site generates the displacementmaps as 16 bits PNG files, which is good. However some terracing is visible so I think the data still is 8 bits. Maybe blurring the picture in Photoshop can help.

The site does not offer colourmaps, so we will have to find a way to colour the terrain. But let's not be too picky about a free online tool.

For the above BluffTitler render I used a picture layer with the Displacementmap effect. The fog has been created with the Camera\CameraFog effect and the water with the mirror layer.

Hopefully the landscape, water and skybox layers we're working on as well as the vegetation effect will help to make it look less like plastic.

Very inspiring stuff. Thank you!

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I have made this with the same site in Bluftitler.

The colormap is from the same site without the Raster Square. It only needs to scale to the same (overlay) size in Paint program.

The water is a flat image that I cloned from the original, and the sky is a sphered skybox image.

Great find Michiel!

komies, 6 years ago

Here I have put the heightmap in World-Machine and blended the colormaps from the site and the WM generated one.

With some more time and effort you can make beautiful landscapes.

komies, 6 years ago

Interesting site!

vincent, 6 years ago

This and Bixpack 20 Space, to make the Star Trek II genesis effect ?

komies, 6 years ago

An old Vhs of making of the genesis effect in 1982.

komies, 6 years ago

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