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Eyuva 'S' NRG
8th Feb 2002, 12:14 PM
Just curious, might make another map. With an outdoor area.

Wiz
8th Feb 2002, 12:21 PM
I personally prefer using the terrain tool for outdoor land scapes

AMmayhem
8th Feb 2002, 12:30 PM
If you have questions about how to use the terrain builder, I found that this site was most helpful:

http://www.unrealism.com/unrealedmax/terrain.shtml

Bot_40
8th Feb 2002, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Wiz
I personally prefer using the terrain tool for outdoor land scapes

HELL YEAH! That's what I always use. Now I've discovered the beuty of it I'll never even think of terraedit or tess. cubes now :D

Finally, someone else that uses the terrain brush ;)

Hourences
8th Feb 2002, 02:58 PM
both

Bot_40
8th Feb 2002, 03:00 PM
Oh, and that tut doesn't tell you IMO the most important thing that I've learnt when making terrain, that is to edit the vertecies horizontally aswell as vertically. It gets rid of all those 90 and 45 degree corners that you normally get and also makes the landscape look a hell of a lot smoother and natural.

Remember, this is a 3D game, terrain vertecies will move left, right, forward and back. Not just up and down. This is what everyother mapper seems to forget when it comes to terrain. And tess. cubes just plain suck IMO (except for rocks, ledges and other small terrain features) :rolleyes:

TheRealFluffy
10th Feb 2002, 12:47 PM
FuC|< dude! I just saw how to move MULTIPLE vertexes... this will help me a lot!!

Hourences
10th Feb 2002, 01:54 PM
roflmao

GoldenMouse
14th Feb 2002, 04:13 PM
I've been using the terrain brush for all my terrains, but....extenuating circumstance. I want to make realistic caverns, like the opening room of AS-Guardia. I hear they used some other program. Was it terraedit or something else?

Bot_40
14th Feb 2002, 05:37 PM
It looks Max'd to me. I think terraedit is just for outdoor terrain like the terrain brush. Not sure though
You can always try Tarquins extruder. The new randomiser is quite good, not great, but beats editing 100+ tess. cubes. It's only really good for tunnel-type caves, not large open ones though.
OR you can try the vertex edited sphere. I've never tried it myself, but I know quite a few ppl use that technique

Chrysaor
14th Feb 2002, 06:21 PM
I've vertexed edited a sphere, it was ****, i wish i hadn't. I mean it looked like rock but it wasn't a pleasurable experience, max woulda worked much better.

here's the new terrain I've got for a new TO map, it's a good example of what Bot's talking about...

Bot_40
14th Feb 2002, 06:44 PM
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about :). Post a 3D view screen, then compare it to a terraed (or whatever) terrain brush. It looks much more natural & less angular.

Chrysaor
14th Feb 2002, 07:01 PM
You don't want me to post a 3d view do you? I couldn't tell if that was rhetorical or not.

Bot_40
15th Feb 2002, 06:35 AM
Nah, I'll post one instead :p

This is with terraed
Notice the 45 and 90 degree corners everywhere. Also, with terred, you can only raise & lower verticies using a grid size 1/4 of the segment size. So if you chose to have 512x512 segments, then you'll only be able to raise/lower the terrain in steps of 128 units, which looks really stupid.
Here, each terrain 'segment' is 128x128 (A bit small) and verticies have been raised/lowered with a grid size of 32.

Bot_40
15th Feb 2002, 06:41 AM
Now, with the terrain brush, you can move the verticies around laterally (sp?) to make it looks much smoother.
Also, you have the freedom to chose any grid size. Here, it's still 128x128 segments, but I used a grid size of 16 to edit the terrain.
Note how much smoother it looks. It is a lot higher poly, but now you can make much better looking terrain, you can use a segment size of around twice as big as you would with terraed and it would still look good. Here, if this was a portion of a much larger terrain brush then i'd be using segment size of 256x256 which would give 4 times lower polys than what is shown here.

(normally I'd have segment size of 256 or 512 and use a 64 grid setting to edit it. 32 in some places if it's an emergency.)

StoneViper
15th Feb 2002, 08:14 AM
well, i've been learning 3dsmax, and will rarely go back to terrain edit button in ued, except for small jobs.

Bot_40
15th Feb 2002, 08:34 AM
Bah @ You and yer Max skillz :p

GoldenMouse
15th Feb 2002, 12:41 PM
I'm lookin for a cross between tunnels and "rooms". The idea is that the paths between CTF bases are underground, and hopefully will cross in interesting ways.

Call me Erdrik
15th Feb 2002, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by Bot_40
Bah @ You and yer Max skillz :p

I really don't see the difference between Max and the Terrain brush.... There both just vertex editing...

Chrysaor
15th Feb 2002, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by Call me Erdrik


I really don't see the difference between Max and the Terrain brush.... There both just vertex editing...

I've yet to do it because i don't have max, but UVW mapping shows lots of promise. Screenshots of Rich's Monastery2 look quite good.

Call me Erdrik
15th Feb 2002, 03:48 PM
Originally posted by Chrysaor


I've yet to do it because i don't have max, but UVW mapping shows lots of promise. Screenshots of Rich's Monastery2 look quite good.

DOH! .. :p How could i forget mapping!? :rolleyes:

/me smacks forhead in shame...