Terragen Tutorials

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Creating And Applying A Depth Of Field Mask[edit]

by Martin

Ever wanted to give convincing depth of field to your Terragen-renders? Tired of laborous manually masking of fore- or background elements for depth of field?

Terragen 2 offers accurate rendering of Depth Of Field masks. An extensive tutorial + example-scene + video can be found in the TG2-articles section here:

Creating and Applying A Depth Of Field Mask

Enjoy! Martin

Cumulus Clouds Tutorial In 3 Simple Steps[edit]

Beginner level tutorial by FrankB

Learn how to create nice looking 3D cumulus clouds in just 3 simple steps. Cumulus Clouds Tutorial In 3 Simple Steps.

Distance Shader Magic - An Introduction[edit]

by FrankB

This tutorial explains how to make use of the Distance Shader in various situations. Distance Shader Magic

Making of "Wilderness"[edit]

by Franck

This is a "making of", step-by-step tutorial on how the beautiful render "Wilderness" was created. It covers many areas of TG2 from procedural terrain creation, over to fake rocks, object populations and atmosphere. Making of "Wilderness"

Making of "On the Road"[edit]

by old_blaggard

This is a tutorial that describes the entire process in creating my "On the Road" image. It includes a PDF tutorial and the file for the scene. It is an excellent beginner resource for those who want to follow the logic of an entire scene being constructed.

Using the Painted Shader to “Paint” clouds into the sky[edit]

by Mr_Lamppost

An easy to follow step be step tutorial showing how the Painted Shader can be used to control the positioning of clouds in a scene; effectively allowing clouds to be “Painted” onto the sky.

Please note the the Mr_Lamppost pages are very much under construction so many of the links to other pages are not working yet. Everything needed fror this tutorial works fine though.

Intersect Underlying Explained (with videos)[edit]

by FrankB

Through two animations / videos, this tutorial explains and visualizes how intersection shift and intersection zone works in the "intersect underlying" feature of the surface layer. The tutorial focuses on the "displacement intersection" algorithm. This is particularly useful e.g. in creating convincing snow, that should cover up smaller terrain features. Intersect Underlying Explained (with videos)

Literally, to change the position of something. In graphics terminology to displace a surface is to modify its geometric (3D) structure using reference data of some kind. For example, a grayscale image might be taken as input, with black areas indicating no displacement of the surface, and white indicating maximum displacement. In Terragen 2 displacement is used to create all terrain by taking heightfield or procedural data as input and using it to displace the normally flat sphere of the planet.