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  05 May 2013
Very simple landscape?

Hi guys,

I want to create an incredibly simple landscape with a river running through it along the spline as shown in this image, but I've no idea where to get started.

Can anyone point me towards the tools that could help me achieve this?

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  05 May 2013
Hi Unit9

I'm not sure what kind of look you're trying to achieve butÖ

You could make a screencapture from the topview, load it in photoshop as a template
so you see where your river should run, paint a greyscale elevation map the size of
your plane, save and load this image in C4d to use as a displacement map for your plane
to create your landscape.

Or if you have access to those fancy new sculpting tools,
you could simply add a standard landscape object, modify to your liking,
make editable and sculpt/paint your river into the landscape model.

Or if if realism is not important, create a cube/rectangle for your 'ground/earth',
use the spline + another circle spline and sweepnurb them to create a 'tunnel' shape
which you can then subtract from the cube with a boolean operation.

Hope this helps,


Last edited by [UP] : 05 May 2013 at 06:25 PM.
  05 May 2013
Crap, that's a lot easier!
Thanks for that one JeremyW!

  05 May 2013
Yep. Proximal is like having a live paint brush. Very handy with particles and MoGraph too.
  05 May 2013
Many thanks Jeremy, Thats a brilliant solution.

  05 May 2013
This is beyond helpful, thanks so much Jeremy!!
  05 May 2013
Glad it helps.
Just out of curiosity, why did you need the river to be defined by a spline? Do you intend to show the river changing course over time?
  05 May 2013
Thats a brilliant solution. I keep forgetting proximal eery time....
Lex de PrieŽlle | Studio Lex
  05 May 2013
Remember, when using a spline with Proximal, Proximal is looking at the "Intermediate Points", so be sure to set that to Uniform and set the number high enough so there are no gaps in the way Proximal "paints" it's path.

Last edited by JeremyW : 05 May 2013 at 05:16 PM.
  05 May 2013
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