TERRAGEN TUTORIAL

by Carol Brooksbank

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IMPORTANT NOTE

This tutorial was originally written for Terragen v0.6. Some sections have already been updated for v0.7.x and some are in the process of being updated for v0.8.x.

I shall be updating it a section at a time as soon as possible, and any updated sections will be marked (v0.7.x or v0.8.x) in this index. Pages with page numbers followed by letters, as PAGE 9A, are pages covering completely new features added after v0.6.

Meanwhile, most of what is in the sections is applicable to the later editions. Many of the options have not been changed and the instructions still apply. If there are features on a controller not mentioned in the section, this is because that section has not yet been updated, but the features which existed in the previous edition are still there and the instructions for those will be relevant.

The main problem is in the illustrations, most of which were made with v0.6 and are therefore not of the quality of the 0.8/0.9 renderings. And where I have updated earlier pages and made a new rendering with a later version, the next page illustrations will appear not to follow if they are older ones. But they still illustrate the features they are supposed to illustrate and will still help you to use the program.

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CONTENTS

Link to the Terragen website          Link to my Terragen gallery


PAGE 1

(v0.7.x)

landscape icon Generating terrain and setting camera and target viewpoints
render control icon Preview rendering

PAGE 2

(v0.7.x)

Water

PAGE 3

(v0.7.x)

Surfaces, and surface distribution settings

PAGE 3a

(v0.7.x)

Sculpting the terrain, and Surfaces - child layers and advanced distribution settings

PAGE 4 lighting icon Lighting (1) - Sun direction

PAGE 5 light icon Lighting (2) - Light and shade

PAGE 6 atmosphere icon Atmosphere (1) - The settings

PAGE 7 atmosphere icon Atmosphere (2) - Sunsets
light icon Atmosphere and lighting settings in combination (1)

PAGE 8 atmosphere icon Atmosphere (3) - Night scenes and moonlight
light icon Atmosphere and lighting settings in combination (2)

PAGE 9 atmosphere icon Atmosphere (4) - Mist and fog
light icon Atmosphere and lighting settings in combination (3)

PAGE 9A

(v0.8.x)

light icon The sun's rays (1) - Setting the scene

PAGE 9B

(v0.8.x)

light icon The sun's rays (2) - Creating the rays

PAGE 9C

(v0.8.x)

light icon The sun's rays (3) - Making changes

PAGE 10 terrain icon Advanced terrain generation settings (1) - Method, size of features, realism, smoothing.

PAGE 11 terrain icon Advanced terrain generation settings (2) - Glaciation, canyonism, bound vertical, scale vertical

PAGE 12 terrain icon Advanced terrain generation settings (3) - Adding to a terrain at generation, combine with

PAGE 13 render icon Camera settings (1) - Camera and target position and altitude

PAGE 14 render icon Camera settings (2) - Pan, tilt, bank, film or camcorder, exposure and zoom

PAGE 15

(v0.8.x)

clouds icon Cloudscapes (1) - Adding a cloud layer, black areas at the horizon, cloud cover size, altitude, depth/thickness

PAGE 16

(v0.8.x)

render icon

Settings - accuracy settings for atmosphere and cloud shading
clouds icon Cloudscapes (2) - 2d and 3d clouds, cloud colour, cloud lighting, density shift, density contrast, cloud generating, cloud size, persistence, producing an overcast sky and dull weather

PAGE 17 render icon

The Scripter (1) - Simple animations using changed camera positions

PAGE 18 render icon

The Scripter (2) - Moving sun, clouds and target position. Script commands

PAGE 19 render icon Last words - the finished scene, acknowledgements

DOWNLOAD THE PAGES

If you wish to download the tutorial, or any part of it, to work offline, each page is available in a downloadable self-extracting .exe file. Click on the page name below to download its file to your hard drive. Open your browser, double click on the filename in Windows Explorer, and the page will be displayed in your browser. (The graphics and html are not extracted to your hard drive.) Do not use the previous, next and contents links to move to another page, nor any inter-page links in the body of the tutorial, because they are online links. Simply open the download file for the page you wish to move to.

Please note that the zips for pages 1, 17 and 18 do not include the surface maps, the animated gifs or the avi files. If you wish to download them, follow the instructions on the tutorial pages while on line.

INDEX PAGE 1 PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 3a PAGE 4 PAGE 5 PAGE 6 PAGE 7 PAGE 8
PAGE 9 PAGE 9A PAGE 9B PAGE 9C PAGE 10 PAGE 11 PAGE 12 PAGE 13 PAGE 14 PAGE 15
PAGE 16 PAGE 17 PAGE 18 PAGE 19
 

Carol Brooksbank. 1999-2000