Dabbling in Art: Terragen 2.3

Forcing yourself to do very short projects is always a creative motivator when you don’t have much free time. Today I spent about 5 minutes playing with Terragen 2.3 and about 15 minutes rendering. For 5 minutes invested you get some reasonably cool looking results.

Why Terragen?

First of all Terragen allows you to play with the technology with very few limits for free. Trying before you buy is critical. The second reason is that I found it more intuitive than my quick tests with Vue, so I thought I would play with it first.

What am I going to use it for?

I think I’m going to try and script a way of generating sky boxes if I find the time and I might also use it for rendering out planets for space scenes. If my tests go well enough I might pick up a license. The $399USD for the animation version is a bit steep so I will have to see if I get a good ROI on my investment before I shell it out.

Where can I find out more?

I think there are some really good examples here. Some are commercial and some are free.

If you are interested in the scene file that generated the above image here is the code in text (save out to mountain3.tgd and load with terragen):

<terragen
	name = "Project"
	gui_use_node_pos = "1"
	gui_node_pos = "660 -160 0"
	gui_group = ""
	written_by_program = "Terragen 2"
	written_by_version = "2.3.22.1"
	author = ""
	comments = ""
	current_frame = "1"
	start_frame = "1"
	end_frame = "100"
	gui_network_view_position = "799.8521668 -120.403373 0"
	gui_network_view_size = "519 307 0"
	gui_network_view_zoom = "0.1873318851"
	>
	<camera
		name = "Render Camera"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "640 0 0"
		gui_group = "Cameras"
		position = "90.80148193 1061.064146 -1142.72722"
		rotation = "-8 30 0"
		light_exposure = "1"
		perspective = "1"
		use_horizontal_fov = "1"
		horizontal_fov = "60"
		use_vertical_fov = "0"
		vertical_fov = "40"
		focal_length_in_mm = "31.17691454"
		film_aperture_in_mm = "36 24"
		orthographic = "0"
		use_ortho_width = "1"
		ortho_width = "1000"
		use_ortho_height = "0"
		ortho_height = "1000"
		motion_blur_length = "0.5"
		shutter_offset = "0"
		subject_distance = "100"
		aperture_diameter_in_mm = "5"
		import_position = "1"
		import_rotation = "1"
		import_Z_up = "0"
		import_vertical_FOV = "1"
		import_focal_length = "0"
		import_focal_length_to_FOV = "0"
		do_not_import_FOV = "0"
		import_offset = "0 0 0"
		import_scale = "1"
		import_filename = ""
		>
	</camera>
	<render
		name = "Full Render"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "960 -120 0"
		gui_group = "Renderers"
		master = "1"
		image_width = "800"
		lock_aspect_ratio = "0"
		image_height = "600"
		image_aspect_ratio = "1.333333333"
		pixel_aspect_ratio = "1"
		camera = "Render Camera"
		surfaces_visible = "1"
		atmosphere_visible = "1"
		do_shadows = "1"
		detail = "0.5"
		anti-aliasing = "3"
		ray_trace_objects = "1"
		ray_trace_atmosphere = "1"
		GI_relative_detail = "3"
		GI_sample_quality = "3"
		GI_blur_radius = "8"
		supersample_prepass = "1"
		GI_surface_details = "1"
		do_crop_region = "0"
		crop_left = "0"
		crop_right = "1"
		crop_bottom = "0"
		crop_top = "1"
		crop_to_object = "0"
		crop_object_name = ""
		pixel_filter = "2"
		anti-aliasing_bloom = "1"
		detail_blending = "0"
		displacement_filter = "1"
		microvertex_jittering = "1"
		detail_jittering = "1"
		lock_subdiv_to_frame = "0"
		lock_to_frame_number = "1"
		do_reverse_primary_rays = "0"
		reverse_primary_rays_multiplier = "1"
		fix_holes = "1"
		do_ray_traced_shadows = "1"
		ray_trace_everything = "0"
		soft_clip_effect = "1"
		soft_clip_softness = "1"
		compensate_soft_clip = "1"
		contrast = "1"
		contrast_adjust = "0.25"
		gamma_correction = "2.2"
		minimum_threads = "1"
		maximum_threads = "16"
		size_of_subdiv_cache_in_Mb = "800"
		preallocate_subdiv_cache = "0"
		ray_detail_region = "1"
		ray_detail_region_padding = "0"
		GI_prepass_padding = "0"
		output_image_filename = "C:\temp.%04d.bmp"
		extra_output_images = "1"
		extra_output_image_filename = "C:\temp.IMAGETYPE.%04d.bmp"
		micro_exporter = "0"
		micro_exporter_name = ""
		sequence_first = "1"
		sequence_last = "100"
		sequence_step = "1"
		>
		<render_pixel_sampler
			name = "Render pixel sampler 02"
			gui_use_node_pos = "1"
			gui_node_pos = "1160 -60 0"
			gui_group = ""
			anti-aliasing = "3"
			customise_sampling = "0"
			first_sampling_level = "2"
			pixel_noise_threshold = "0.1"
			>
		</render_pixel_sampler>
	</render>
	<render
		name = "Quick Render"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "960 -180 0"
		gui_group = "Renderers"
		master = "0"
		image_width = "320"
		lock_aspect_ratio = "0"
		image_height = "240"
		image_aspect_ratio = "1.33333"
		pixel_aspect_ratio = "1"
		camera = "Render Camera"
		surfaces_visible = "1"
		atmosphere_visible = "1"
		do_shadows = "1"
		detail = "0.25"
		anti-aliasing = "2"
		ray_trace_objects = "1"
		ray_trace_atmosphere = "0"
		GI_relative_detail = "2"
		GI_sample_quality = "2"
		GI_blur_radius = "8"
		supersample_prepass = "0"
		GI_surface_details = "0"
		do_crop_region = "0"
		crop_left = "0"
		crop_right = "1"
		crop_bottom = "0"
		crop_top = "1"
		crop_to_object = "0"
		crop_object_name = ""
		pixel_filter = "2"
		anti-aliasing_bloom = "0"
		detail_blending = "0"
		displacement_filter = "1"
		microvertex_jittering = "1"
		detail_jittering = "1"
		lock_subdiv_to_frame = "0"
		lock_to_frame_number = "1"
		do_reverse_primary_rays = "0"
		reverse_primary_rays_multiplier = "1"
		fix_holes = "1"
		do_ray_traced_shadows = "1"
		ray_trace_everything = "0"
		soft_clip_effect = "1"
		soft_clip_softness = "1"
		compensate_soft_clip = "1"
		contrast = "1"
		contrast_adjust = "0.25"
		gamma_correction = "2.2"
		minimum_threads = "1"
		maximum_threads = "16"
		size_of_subdiv_cache_in_Mb = "800"
		preallocate_subdiv_cache = "0"
		ray_detail_region = "1"
		ray_detail_region_padding = "0"
		GI_prepass_padding = "0"
		output_image_filename = "C:\temp.%04d.bmp"
		extra_output_images = "1"
		extra_output_image_filename = "C:\temp.IMAGETYPE.%04d.bmp"
		micro_exporter = "0"
		micro_exporter_name = ""
		sequence_first = "1"
		sequence_last = "100"
		sequence_step = "1"
		>
		<render_pixel_sampler
			name = "Render pixel sampler 01"
			gui_use_node_pos = "1"
			gui_node_pos = "1160 -120 0"
			gui_group = ""
			anti-aliasing = "2"
			customise_sampling = "0"
			first_sampling_level = "2"
			pixel_noise_threshold = "0.15"
			>
		</render_pixel_sampler>
	</render>
	<enviro_light
		name = "Enviro light"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "320 0 0"
		gui_group = "Lighting"
		enable = "1"
		mode = "1"
		ambient_strength_on_surfaces = "1"
		ambient_colour_on_surfaces = "0.6499999762 0.8000000119 1"
		ambient_strength_in_atmosphere = "1"
		ambient_colour_in_atmosphere = "0.6499999762 0.8000000119 1"
		global_strength_on_surfaces = "1"
		global_tint_on_surfaces = "1 1 1"
		global_strength_in_atmosphere = "1"
		global_tint_in_atmosphere = "1 1 1"
		strength_on_surfaces = "1"
		colour_on_surfaces = "1 1 1"
		strength_in_atmosphere = "1"
		colour_in_atmosphere = "1 1 1"
		>
	</enviro_light>
	<sunlight
		name = "Sunlight 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "320 -60 0"
		gui_group = "Lighting"
		enable = "1"
		heading = "13.5"
		elevation = "2"
		colour = "1 1 1"
		strength = "3.5"
		cast_shadows = "1"
		shadows_of_surfaces = "1"
		shadows_of_atmosphere = "1"
		soft_shadows = "0"
		soft_shadow_diameter = "0.5"
		soft_shadow_samples = "9"
		soft_shadow_sample_jitter = "1"
		glow_in_atmosphere = "1"
		specular_highlights = "1"
		visible_disc = "1"
		angular_diameter = "0.5"
		>
	</sunlight>
	<sphere
		name = "Background"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "0 -60 0"
		gui_group = "Objects"
		enable = "1"
		show_b-box_in_preview = "0"
		visible_to_camera = "1"
		visible_to_other_rays = "1"
		cast_shadows = "0"
		centre = "0 0 0"
		radius = "-200000000"
		rotate = "0 0 0"
		import_motion_filename = ""
		heading = "0"
		elevation = "0"
		distance = "0"
		surface_shader = "Background shader"
		displacement_tolerance = "1"
		>
		<constant_shader
			name = "Background shader"
			gui_use_node_pos = "1"
			gui_node_pos = "200 0 0"
			gui_group = ""
			enable = "1"
			input_node = ""
			gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
			gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
			colour = "0 0 0"
			alpha = "0 0 0"
			>
		</constant_shader>
	</sphere>
	<planet
		name = "Planet 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "0 0 0"
		gui_group = "Objects"
		enable = "1"
		show_b-box_in_preview = "0"
		render_surface = "1"
		translate_textures_with_planet = "0"
		render_atmosphere = "1"
		rotate_textures_with_planet = "0"
		lat_long_at_apex = "0 0"
		centre = "0 -6378000 0"
		rotation = "0 0 0"
		radius = "6378000"
		import_motion_filename = ""
		heading = "0"
		elevation = "270"
		distance = "6378000"
		surface_shader = "Base colours"
		atmosphere_shader = "Altocumulus layer 01"
		displacement_tolerance = "1"
		>
	</planet>
	<planet_atmosphere
		name = "Atmosphere 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "0 340 0"
		gui_group = "Atmosphere"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = ""
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		enable_primary = "1"
		enable_secondary = "1"
		centre = "0 -6378000 0"
		radius = "6378000"
		seed = "0"
		haze_density = "1.5"
		haze_horizon_colour = "0.349999994 0.349999994 0.349999994"
		bluesky_density = "2"
		bluesky_horizon_colour = "0.224999994 0.3585940003 0.4499999881"
		bluesky_additive = "0.9"
		bluesky_additive_colour = "0.05000000075 0.270938009 1"
		redsky_decay = "2"
		haze_exp_height = "3000"
		bluesky_exp_height = "8000"
		ceiling_adjust = "7"
		ceiling = "56000"
		floor = "-16000"
		haze_glow_amount = "1"
		haze_glow_power = "1.25"
		bluesky_glow_amount = "0.25"
		bluesky_glow_power = "0.75"
		enviro_light = "1"
		enviro_light_tint = "1 1 1"
		anisotropic_enviro_light = "1"
		ambient = "0 0 0"
		fake_dark_power = "0"
		fake_dark_sharpness = "10"
		bluesky_density_colour = "0.1000000015 0.3400000036 1"
		redsky_decay_colour = "0.9048374295 0.7117702961 0.3678794503"
		improved_glow_model = "1"
		number_of_samples = "16"
		adjust_to_distance = "1"
		sample_jitter = "1"
		enable_ray_traced_shadows = "0"
		>
	</planet_atmosphere>
	<power_fractal_shader_v3
		name = "Base colours"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "-920 220 0"
		gui_group = "Shaders"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = "Compute Terrain"
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		seed = "8028"
		feature_scale = "1"
		lead-in_scale = "1000"
		smallest_scale = "0.1"
		noise_octaves = "15"
		apply_high_colour = "1"
		high_colour = "0.3440000117 0.3440000117 0.3440000117"
		apply_low_colour = "1"
		low_colour = "0.0009923999896 0.01346999966 0.0009923999896"
		colour_contrast = "0.125"
		colour_offset = "0"
		colour_roughness = "5"
		clamp_high_colour = "1"
		clamp_low_colour = "1"
		apply_displacement = "0"
		displacement_direction = "1"
		displacement_amplitude = "1"
		displacement_offset = "0"
		displacement_roughness = "1"
		displacement_spike_limit = "1"
		continue_spike_limit = "0"
		adjust_coastline = "0"
		coastline_altitude = "0"
		coastline_smoothing = "30"
		noise_flavour = "0"
		noise_variation = "1"
		variation_method = "2"
		buoyancy_from_variation = "0"
		clumping_of_variation = "0"
		noise_stretch_XYZ = "1 1 1"
		distort_by_normal = "1"
		distortion_by_normal = "5"
		lead-in_warp_effect = "1"
		lead-in_warp_amount = "0.5"
		less_warp_at_feature_scale = "0"
		allow_vertical_warp = "0"
		blend_by_shader = "0"
		blending_shader = ""
		fit_blendshader_to_this = "0"
		invert_blendshader = "0"
		>
	</power_fractal_shader_v3>
	<heightfield_shader
		name = "Heightfield shader 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "-920 720 0"
		gui_group = "Terrain"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = ""
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		heightfield = "Heightfield generate 01"
		flip_x = "0"
		flip_y = "0"
		position_centre = "0"
		position_lower_left = "1"
		position_upper_left = "0"
		position = "0 0"
		border_blending = "0.1"
		stitchable_border = "0"
		apply_colour_and_shade = "0"
		diffuse_colour = "1 1 1"
		ambient_light_colour = "0 0 0"
		shade_by_light = "1"
		shade_by_height = "0"
		height_multiplier = "1"
		flatten_surface_first = "1"
		interpolation_method = "3"
		add_fractal_detail = "1"
		fractal_amount = "0.5"
		fractal_scale_adjust = "4"
		fractal_variation = "1.5"
		fractal_roughness = "1"
		fractal_flow_factor = "0"
		blend_by_heightfield = "0"
		blending_heightfield = ""
		blend_by_shader = "0"
		blending_shader = ""
		fit_blendshader_to_this = "1"
		invert_blendshader = "0"
		>
	</heightfield_shader>
	<heightfield_generate
		name = "Heightfield generate 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "-720 780 0"
		gui_group = "Terrain"
		input_node = ""
		new_heightfield = "1"
		size_in_pixels = "1000 1000"
		size_in_metres = "10000 10000"
		feature_scale = "2000"
		feature_steepness = "0.25"
		roughness = "0.875"
		seed = "22328"
		variation = "1.5"
		variation_method = "2"
		buoyancy_from_variation = "0.5"
		shader = ""
		position_center = "0"
		position_lower_left = "1"
		position = "0 0"
		auto_generate = "0"
		>
	</heightfield_generate>
	<compute_terrain
		name = "Compute Terrain"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "-920 500 0"
		gui_group = "Terrain"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = "Fractal terrain 01"
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		gradient_patch_size = "20"
		smooth_surface = "0"
		>
	</compute_terrain>
	<group
		name = "Objects"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "0 -80 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "240 320 1"
		gui_node_colour = "0.8000000119 0.8000000119 0.8000000119"
		special_group = "1"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<group
		name = "Terrain"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "-720 660 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "640 440 1"
		gui_node_colour = "0.2119999975 0.5174000263 0.1138999984"
		special_group = "2"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<group
		name = "Shaders"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "-720 220 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "640 280 1"
		gui_node_colour = "0.7968999743 0.1604000032 0.1604000032"
		special_group = "3"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<group
		name = "Water"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "200 720 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "640 240 1"
		gui_node_colour = "0.1000000015 0.5 0.349999994"
		special_group = "4"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<group
		name = "Atmosphere"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "200 290 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "640 280 1"
		gui_node_colour = "0.2310000062 0.3203999996 1"
		special_group = "5"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<group
		name = "Lighting"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "320 -80 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "240 320 1"
		gui_node_colour = "1 0.7299000025 0.2195000052"
		special_group = "6"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<group
		name = "Cameras"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "640 -80 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "240 320 1"
		gui_node_colour = "0.3021000028 0.2673999965 0.4647000134"
		special_group = "7"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<group
		name = "Renderers"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "973 -80 0"
		gui_group = ""
		gui_node_size = "266.0336416 320 1"
		gui_node_colour = "0.7372000217 0.3440000117 0.2119999975"
		special_group = "8"
		global_bookmark = "1"
		>
	</group>
	<alpine_fractal_shader
		name = "Fractal terrain 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "-920 600 0"
		gui_group = "Terrain"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = "/Heightfield shader 01"
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		seed = "19998"
		feature_scale = "4000"
		lead-in_octaves = "0"
		lead-in_scale = "4000"
		smallest_scale = "10"
		noise_octaves = "6"
		apply_displacement = "1"
		displacement_amplitude = "2000"
		displacement_offset = "0"
		displacement_roughness = "1"
		scale_step = "3"
		stretch_factor = "3"
		late_deposition = "0.06125"
		early_deposition = "0.25"
		early_deposition_rate = "2"
		warp_amount = "0.25"
		blend_by_shader = "0"
		blending_shader = ""
		invert_blendshader = "0"
		>
	</alpine_fractal_shader>
	<cloud_layer_v2
		name = "Altocumulus layer 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "0 220 0"
		gui_group = "Atmosphere"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = "/Atmosphere 01"
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		enable_primary = "1"
		enable_secondary = "1"
		move_textures_with_cloud = "0"
		centre = "0 -6378000 0"
		radius = "6378000"
		seed = "0"
		cloud_altitude = "4152"
		cloud_depth = "150"
		local_sphere = "0"
		local_sphere_centre = "0 4152 0"
		local_sphere_radius = "10000"
		local_sphere_falloff = "1"
		local_sphere_value_at_radius = "-0.5"
		density_shader = "Density fractal 01"
		edge_sharpness = "1"
		cloud_density = "0.01"
		coverage_adjust = "0"
		cloud_colour = "0.349999994 0.349999994 0.349999994"
		scattering_colour = "0.349999994 0.349999994 0.349999994"
		sun_glow_amount = "1"
		sun_glow_power = "1.25"
		light_propagation = "2"
		light_propagation_mix = "0.125"
		fake_internal_scattering = "1"
		enviro_light = "1"
		enviro_light_tint = "1 1 1"
		darker_unresolved_scattering = "1"
		anisotropic_enviro_light = "1"
		altitude_offset_function = ""
		altitude_offset_multiplier = "1"
		depth_modulator = ""
		depth_modulator_centre = "0"
		final_density_modulator = ""
		ambient = "0 0 0"
		fake_dark_power = "0"
		fake_dark_sharpness = "10"
		improved_lighting_model = "1"
		flatter_base = "0"
		invert_profile = "0"
		base_wispiness = "0"
		base_softness = "0"
		coverage_gamma = "1"
		rendering_method = "1"
		quality = "0.2898979486"
		number_of_samples = "6"
		sample_jitter = "1"
		ray_fuzziness = "0"
		step_optimisation = "0"
		enable_ray_traced_shadows = "0"
		acceleration_cache = "2"
		use_2D_shadow_map = "0"
		shadow_map_resolution = "200 200"
		shadow_map_blur_radius = "2 2"
		>
	</cloud_layer_v2>
	<cloud_fractal_shader_v3
		name = "Density fractal 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "200 280 0"
		gui_group = "Atmosphere"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = ""
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		seed = "410"
		feature_scale = "150"
		lead-in_scale = "20000"
		smallest_scale = "10"
		noise_octaves = "13"
		apply_high_colour = "1"
		high_colour = "1 1 1"
		apply_low_colour = "0"
		low_colour = "0 0 0"
		contrast = "1"
		coverage_adjust = "0"
		roughness = "1.75"
		clamp_high = "0"
		clamp_low = "0"
		apply_displacement = "0"
		displacement_direction = "1"
		displacement_amplitude = "1"
		displacement_offset = "0"
		displacement_roughness = "1"
		displacement_spike_limit = "1"
		continue_spike_limit = "0"
		adjust_coastline = "0"
		coastline_altitude = "0"
		coastline_smoothing = "30"
		noise_flavour = "0"
		noise_variation = "1"
		variation_method = "2"
		buoyancy_from_variation = "0.5"
		clumping_of_variation = "0.25"
		noise_stretch_XYZ = "1 1 1"
		distort_by_normal = "0"
		distortion_by_normal = "5"
		lead-in_warp_effect = "1"
		lead-in_warp_amount = "0.5"
		less_warp_at_feature_scale = "1"
		allow_vertical_warp = "1"
		blend_by_shader = "0"
		blending_shader = ""
		fit_blendshader_to_this = "0"
		invert_blendshader = "0"
		>
	</cloud_fractal_shader_v3>
	<water_shader
		name = "Water shader 01"
		gui_use_node_pos = "1"
		gui_node_pos = "0 780 0"
		gui_group = "Water"
		enable = "1"
		input_node = ""
		gui_use_preview_patch_size = "0"
		gui_preview_patch_size = "1000 1000"
		roughness = "0.02"
		wave_scale = "10"
		smallest_scale = "0.1"
		wind_patch_effect = "1"
		wind_patch_size = "100"
		wind_patch_sharpness = "5"
		master_reflectivity = "1"
		index_of_refraction = "1.33"
		horizon_shift = "0.5"
		highlight_intensity = "0.5"
		min_highlight_spread = "0.01"
		transparency = "0.75"
		decay_distance = "10"
		decay_tint = "0.75 1 0.5"
		volume_1_density = "0"
		volume_1_colour = "0.5 0.5 0.5"
		volume_1_density_function = ""
		volume_1_colour_function = ""
		seed = "65268"
		>
	</water_shader>
</terragen>
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4 Responses to Dabbling in Art: Terragen 2.3

  1. jhuculak says:

    Just found this link that might do the trick if I get the pro version:
    http://neon.wireframe.biz/node/29

  2. Jess3d says:

    Hi,
    Nice picture for 5 min. work !
    Maybe you can help me: i’m desperately looking for the way to render separate channels and passes for compositing (RGBAZ, normal maps, global illum, ambient occlusion, shadows etc.).
    Where the hell can i find that ??

    Thanks a lot for your answer.

    Greetings

    • jhuculak says:

      I am assuming you mean rendering those channels out in Terragen? I haven’t done any professional work with Terragen.
      I think that you are in luck for depth information as there appears to be a distance shader. Check out the various links listed here. I’m not sure if the rest are available.

  3. Jess3d says:

    Yeah found the disance shader and i could already get a ZDepth channel.
    Other channels rendering won’t be to hard to find; the thing is you have to do everything by yourself in this software, by connecting the right nodes.
    But thank you for the link !

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