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12 December 2003, 02:52 PM
Im pulling my hair...
Do you guys know what´s the best software for generating skytextures on the market? (for use on a SkyDome - terragen does not do the trick)

The skies need to have a realistic look. S.T.A.L.K.E.R seems to use a good system for it. Do you know what software they´ve used or if its panoramic photographs?

Bottomline: Whats the best skygenerating software around?

Take Care,

12 December 2003, 09:30 PM
In the past, I have used the Four Seasons Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. It generates all kinds of cool skys and on top of it, it allows you to make a 360 panorama. Thats just one choice... good luck

12 December 2003, 09:56 PM
Well you know to use a skydome... so why not just use the skydome textures too?

12 December 2003, 11:20 PM
Terragen does do the trick you must use terragen or bryce to take 6 pictures of youre sky (front back left right up down) and insert them into a program like panoramica or something(its a discontinued dead software but i downloaded it somewere) you can also use bryce. Bryce and Terragen both give stunning results. The output is then mapped on a sphere. Another program is sky paint but I dont like it at all.

12 December 2003, 03:06 PM
Stalker looks like it uses photos.

Here are some freebie sky panoramas... the stuff on the web is all free, the guy makes money off higher-res files.

If you want 3d, Dreamscape does a nice job.

I've also seen nice clouds from Lightwave.
Not these pictures specifically, but I saw some really nice animated clouds from LW.

12 December 2003, 07:20 PM
Terragen and bryce can also look like photos. If done correctly it would be hard to tell the difference.

12 December 2003, 09:26 PM
Hmmm. I've never seen either create photo-real skies. Pretty, yes... real, not quite. The clouds I've seen from these tend to look pretty flat and fractal. Can you point me to any examples? I must be missing the good pics.

12 December 2003, 10:45 PM
I would agree with posm. Terragen stuff on here has been really nice, but usually 2 or 3 posts in someone will always tell that it's terragen.
For some reason it has that 'look'. Hard to explain.

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