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Updated on July 15, 2014

Digital Landscape Generation Program

A digital landscape generation program is a computer program that will allow an artist to design a scene, and then instruct the computer to "render" the scene into an image. The computer sets a numerical value for the color of each pixel, and produces the image. The image is stored in one of the standard graphic formats, such as .jpg, .png, or .bmp.

There are a number of different programs on the market that will produce these images. Some of them are inexpensive, such as Bryce and Terragen. Others cost more, such as Vue d'Esprit. Some are specifically designed for applications such as producing scenery for movies. The unusual scenes in some movies are usually produced by computer now.

Bryce tends not to produce very realistic images of landscapes. It is used more for scenes involving the interior or exterior of buildings, with furniture and figures such as well endowed women dressed in scanty attire, wearing a sword. These figures are usually posed in a program called Poser. You can also make scenes in Poser, but most of the time, people export the figures into Bryce.

Vue d'Esprit renders fairly realistic landscapes, but costs about $1300 US. Mojoworld makes interesting landscapes, but more of a fantasy nature than realistic. It sells for about $200. Carrara sells for between $150 and $300. Terragen by far produces the most realistic images. Terragen Classic costs about $100 and Terragen 2 costs about $300. In order to make Terragen 2 more useful, you should have a library of plants. There are some free plants, but most come from XFrog. Those will set you back a few hundred dollars. When Terragen 2 was first introduced as a finished product, I paid quite a bit less, but that deal is no longer available. All things considered, if you want distant landscapes, you can do a lot with Terragen Classic, and if you want plants, I recommend Terragen 2 because Vue is so expensive. The program XFrog, used to make the plant models, is also available as a program so a person can make their own. Making an XFrog model of anything is not trivial, though.

One of the advantages of Vue, which I believe the XFrog plants share, is that when you put more than one plant of the same species into a scene, each individual plant is different from the others; the branches are arranged differently, for example.

Although I have done landscape work in Vue, I haven't done much because I couldn't afford their plants, either. So this Lens will concentrate on Terragen. I have a few Terragen 2 images, but most are from Classic. When it's a Terragen 2 image, I will let you know.

Terragen Classic is a ray tracing program. What this means is that the program renders a slice of the image which is one pixel wide (or it may render a chunk) but it moves from one side of the landscape to the other, rendering slices as it goes. I don't know what mechanism Terragen 2 uses. I only know it's totally different, judging by the pieces that get displayed as it is rendering.

As you will see, Terragen has caused the formation of a community, and we share resources a lot.

There are many sources of terrains. Mapmart makes DEMs available, which are free, for the entire United States. I get a lot of terrains there. Terrains can be manufactured in Terragen or in World Machine. I have made a few in World Machine. Some people are quite good at inventing terrains there. I am not one of them. They often pass these terrains they make, around, to other Terragen artists.

The image on the upper left is pretty wild and woolly. I'll explain it later.

Assorted Images - In no particular order

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Resource 2 - Later, you will see the original image, which was a collaboration with a friend.Collaboration - I don't remember who worked on this with me.Nebula 2 Planetscape - The nebula was a gift from a friend. It is a fractal image. This image shows the overhang technique, which I will describe more later.Lemon Meringue Sky - A friend of mine and I decided to do a pair of images each. This is the first of my pair.Key Lime Pie - A friend of mine and I decided to do a pair of images each. This is the second of my pair.Evening Sea - This is one of my more popular images. It is basically sky and water, with no real land. The tree was a gift from a friend, added in Paint Shop Pro.Cumulus Clouds - This was prepared for a contest. The contest was to produce the most realistic cumulus clouds. Most people didn't know how to make cumulus clouds. Even though I didn't win the contest, I consider this atmosphere to be a success. It iStormy Afternoon - an early image.Emerald Evening Sentinels - I don't remember where I got the terrain, but I think it is the same terrain I used in Enlightenment, below.Bright Rays - Same terrain, same point of view. This has the Laser Effect, which I will talk about more later.
Resource 2 - Later, you will see the original image, which was a collaboration with a friend.
Resource 2 - Later, you will see the original image, which was a collaboration with a friend.
Collaboration - I don't remember who worked on this with me.
Collaboration - I don't remember who worked on this with me.
Nebula 2 Planetscape - The nebula was a gift from a friend. It is a fractal image. This image shows the overhang technique, which I will describe more later.
Nebula 2 Planetscape - The nebula was a gift from a friend. It is a fractal image. This image shows the overhang technique, which I will describe more later.
Lemon Meringue Sky - A friend of mine and I decided to do a pair of images each. This is the first of my pair.
Lemon Meringue Sky - A friend of mine and I decided to do a pair of images each. This is the first of my pair.
Key Lime Pie - A friend of mine and I decided to do a pair of images each. This is the second of my pair.
Key Lime Pie - A friend of mine and I decided to do a pair of images each. This is the second of my pair.
Evening Sea - This is one of my more popular images. It is basically sky and water, with no real land. The tree was a gift from a friend, added in Paint Shop Pro.
Evening Sea - This is one of my more popular images. It is basically sky and water, with no real land. The tree was a gift from a friend, added in Paint Shop Pro.
Cumulus Clouds - This was prepared for a contest. The contest was to produce the most realistic cumulus clouds. Most people didn't know how to make cumulus clouds. Even though I didn't win the contest, I consider this atmosphere to be a success. It i
Cumulus Clouds - This was prepared for a contest. The contest was to produce the most realistic cumulus clouds. Most people didn't know how to make cumulus clouds. Even though I didn't win the contest, I consider this atmosphere to be a success. It i
Stormy Afternoon - an early image.
Stormy Afternoon - an early image.
Emerald Evening Sentinels - I don't remember where I got the terrain, but I think it is the same terrain I used in Enlightenment, below.
Emerald Evening Sentinels - I don't remember where I got the terrain, but I think it is the same terrain I used in Enlightenment, below.
Bright Rays - Same terrain, same point of view. This has the Laser Effect, which I will talk about more later.
Bright Rays - Same terrain, same point of view. This has the Laser Effect, which I will talk about more later.

Experimenting in Terragen

I am constantly experimenting. Most of the time, I experiment by making weird-looking skies and surfaces. Other times I get an idea from another Terragen artist, try it, decide I like it, and continue to use it. This next set of images consists of some of my wilder experiments. These are all done in Terragen Classic.

Experiments

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Pastel Cathedral - In Terragen Classic, you can change the height of mountains, either making them taller, or shortening them. I made these taller, then used the widest angle. I prepared a surface map with weird colors. This is the result.Laser Planet - There was a tutorial for making this kind of sky. I followed the tutorial, and got this image. I have continued to use this effect.An Eagle Flies Through - I started with a scene with strata, which you can add with plug-ins. The eagle was rendered in Vue d'Esprit. I then created different angles by "folding" the image in Paint Shop Pro, and added the eagle.Whee! - I got this terrain from a friend, and it looked like it would make nice ice. Then I scoured the internet for suitable pictures of penguins. These are Emperor Penguins.Place of Shattered Dreams - If you put the camera UNDER the terrain, you can get some very interesting effects.Atmospheric Disturbance - This was an accident. I saved the atmosphere file, and I can still use it.Buffalo Canyon - I wanted to see if I could make something that looked somwhat like Antelope Canyon. This has a vague resemblance. I made different images and combined them in Paint Shop Pro.Splash! - I don't remember exactly how I made this one.Einstein - There was a tutorial that showed how to make a terrain of something, and then by using certain atmospheric effects, to get a good two-tone picture. I tried it just for the heck of it, and this is what I got.Omega Caverns - I wanted some caverns with stalactites like I saw some people make. This is three different renders, combined in Paint Shop Pro.
Pastel Cathedral - In Terragen Classic, you can change the height of mountains, either making them taller, or shortening them. I made these taller, then used the widest angle. I prepared a surface map with weird colors. This is the result.
Pastel Cathedral - In Terragen Classic, you can change the height of mountains, either making them taller, or shortening them. I made these taller, then used the widest angle. I prepared a surface map with weird colors. This is the result.
Laser Planet - There was a tutorial for making this kind of sky. I followed the tutorial, and got this image. I have continued to use this effect.
Laser Planet - There was a tutorial for making this kind of sky. I followed the tutorial, and got this image. I have continued to use this effect.
An Eagle Flies Through - I started with a scene with strata, which you can add with plug-ins. The eagle was rendered in Vue d'Esprit. I then created different angles by "folding" the image in Paint Shop Pro, and added the eagle.
An Eagle Flies Through - I started with a scene with strata, which you can add with plug-ins. The eagle was rendered in Vue d'Esprit. I then created different angles by "folding" the image in Paint Shop Pro, and added the eagle.
Whee! - I got this terrain from a friend, and it looked like it would make nice ice. Then I scoured the internet for suitable pictures of penguins. These are Emperor Penguins.
Whee! - I got this terrain from a friend, and it looked like it would make nice ice. Then I scoured the internet for suitable pictures of penguins. These are Emperor Penguins.
Place of Shattered Dreams - If you put the camera UNDER the terrain, you can get some very interesting effects.
Place of Shattered Dreams - If you put the camera UNDER the terrain, you can get some very interesting effects.
Atmospheric Disturbance - This was an accident. I saved the atmosphere file, and I can still use it.
Atmospheric Disturbance - This was an accident. I saved the atmosphere file, and I can still use it.
Buffalo Canyon - I wanted to see if I could make something that looked somwhat like Antelope Canyon. This has a vague resemblance. I made different images and combined them in Paint Shop Pro.
Buffalo Canyon - I wanted to see if I could make something that looked somwhat like Antelope Canyon. This has a vague resemblance. I made different images and combined them in Paint Shop Pro.
Splash! - I don't remember exactly how I made this one.
Splash! - I don't remember exactly how I made this one.
Einstein - There was a tutorial that showed how to make a terrain of something, and then by using certain atmospheric effects, to get a good two-tone picture. I tried it just for the heck of it, and this is what I got.
Einstein - There was a tutorial that showed how to make a terrain of something, and then by using certain atmospheric effects, to get a good two-tone picture. I tried it just for the heck of it, and this is what I got.
Omega Caverns - I wanted some caverns with stalactites like I saw some people make. This is three different renders, combined in Paint Shop Pro.
Omega Caverns - I wanted some caverns with stalactites like I saw some people make. This is three different renders, combined in Paint Shop Pro.

Terragen 2

Matt Fairclough developed Terragen Classic pretty much on his own, and Jo Meder made some plug-ins for it. After Terragen Classic had been developed to a great degree. Fairclough went to work for a company that produces digital landscapes and programs to make them. He learned a great deal, and after awhile, he came back to work on a successor to Terragen Classic. The design is totally new, and so is the GUI (graphical user interface). I haven't spent a lot of time with it for a couple of reasons. I don't find the new GUI to be particularly intuitive, and it uses a lot of terms that seem irrelevant to me. A terrain is called a "shader". Please don't ask me why. The other is that I started using it while it was still under development, and it hadn't been optimized for rendering time yet. I made a rather smallish image, for me, and it took over 288 hours to render. So I put Terragen 2 on the back burner to wait for them to optimize render times. Now that they have, I haven't gotten around to going back to it. But I will. The other problem is that getting vegetation for it can be quite expensive. XFrog sells a lot of different plants and each will set you back a few dollars, so acquiring a real library can break the bank for little folks like me. Fortunately, they arranged a deal for the first purchasers of Terragen 2 and I was able to acquire a fairly extensive library of plants, but there are always new ones. I have also observed that occasionally a plant doesn't look like the Real Thing. I will know this about our local plants.

Another problem I ran into was trying to get things attached to the surface. Either the tree was half buried, or it floated 30 feet off the ground. You have to be able to visualize three dimensional terrains with a two dimensional image. I didn't find that easy. I admire people who can do this. I suspect this isn't nearly as difficult in the final version.

Matt Fairclough, Jo Meder, and Oshyan Greene are the three people who are pretty much responsible for Terragen 2. Jo Meder made the Mac version.

The images in the next gallery are my early efforts with Terragen 2..

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First Render - just a preliminary experiment.288 Hours, 20 Minutes. I thought it would NEVER finish. After all that, I just named it for the time it took.Alpine Vista - named after the shader I used.Copper and IronAlpine 18Alpine
First Render - just a preliminary experiment.
First Render - just a preliminary experiment.
288 Hours, 20 Minutes. I thought it would NEVER finish. After all that, I just named it for the time it took.
288 Hours, 20 Minutes. I thought it would NEVER finish. After all that, I just named it for the time it took.
Alpine Vista - named after the shader I used.
Alpine Vista - named after the shader I used.
Copper and Iron
Copper and Iron
Alpine 18
Alpine 18
Alpine
Alpine

Favorite Images

These are some of my favorite images. Sometimes, other people like them a lot as well.

From here on down, everything was made in Terragen Classic.

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Enlightenment - Laser effect. Someone liked this enough to ask if they could use it on their music CD. But I didn't want to help him promote what he was selling, so sadly, I had to turn him down.Pastel Fantasy - because I like pretty colors. Too bad earth scenes never look like this.Tree - The tree was a gift from a friend. I put it on in Paint Shop Pro. The terrain is from Spain.Dark Scene 3 (I may have named this something else, but I don't remember). The terrain is Shiprock, New Mexico.Mount Redoubt in Winter - Someone I know likes to make realistic mountains like this, so I tried it, and I was pleased with the results. Mount Redoubt is located in Washington State.Silent Paradise - This was made for a contest. Environaut was running the contest and gave us the terrain. I didn't win anything, but I was pleased with the results.Silent Paradise Stereogram - Cross your eyes and merge the two images. This takes more rendering, so I don't do it often.River of Life - Laser effect. This is Big Bend, Utah terrain.Mirror Lake - I made this for a contest, but missed the deadline for entering. The eagle was rendered in Vue d'Esprit and added in Paint Shop Pro.Think of Sunrise in Argentina - This was inspired by a photograph taken by Art Wolfe. The terrain is from Utah. I showed it Art Wolfe, and he liked it.
Enlightenment - Laser effect. Someone liked this enough to ask if they could use it on their music CD. But I didn't want to help him promote what he was selling, so sadly, I had to turn him down.
Enlightenment - Laser effect. Someone liked this enough to ask if they could use it on their music CD. But I didn't want to help him promote what he was selling, so sadly, I had to turn him down.
Pastel Fantasy - because I like pretty colors. Too bad earth scenes never look like this.
Pastel Fantasy - because I like pretty colors. Too bad earth scenes never look like this.
Tree - The tree was a gift from a friend. I put it on in Paint Shop Pro. The terrain is from Spain.
Tree - The tree was a gift from a friend. I put it on in Paint Shop Pro. The terrain is from Spain.
Dark Scene 3 (I may have named this something else, but I don't remember). The terrain is Shiprock, New Mexico.
Dark Scene 3 (I may have named this something else, but I don't remember). The terrain is Shiprock, New Mexico.
Mount Redoubt in Winter - Someone I know likes to make realistic mountains like this, so I tried it, and I was pleased with the results. Mount Redoubt is located in Washington State.
Mount Redoubt in Winter - Someone I know likes to make realistic mountains like this, so I tried it, and I was pleased with the results. Mount Redoubt is located in Washington State.
Silent Paradise - This was made for a contest. Environaut was running the contest and gave us the terrain. I didn't win anything, but I was pleased with the results.
Silent Paradise - This was made for a contest. Environaut was running the contest and gave us the terrain. I didn't win anything, but I was pleased with the results.
Silent Paradise Stereogram - Cross your eyes and merge the two images. This takes more rendering, so I don't do it often.
Silent Paradise Stereogram - Cross your eyes and merge the two images. This takes more rendering, so I don't do it often.
River of Life - Laser effect. This is Big Bend, Utah terrain.
River of Life - Laser effect. This is Big Bend, Utah terrain.
Mirror Lake - I made this for a contest, but missed the deadline for entering. The eagle was rendered in Vue d'Esprit and added in Paint Shop Pro.
Mirror Lake - I made this for a contest, but missed the deadline for entering. The eagle was rendered in Vue d'Esprit and added in Paint Shop Pro.
Think of Sunrise in Argentina - This was inspired by a photograph taken by Art Wolfe. The terrain is from Utah. I showed it Art Wolfe, and he liked it.
Think of Sunrise in Argentina - This was inspired by a photograph taken by Art Wolfe. The terrain is from Utah. I showed it Art Wolfe, and he liked it.

Assorted Images - In no particular order

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Azura - A fellow named Rohi does the most fantastic postwork on his digital landscape renders. I hope to be like him when I grow up. This is a first attempt to emulate him. The planet was added in Paint Shop Pro.Pastel Cathedral Looking Down - This is from a pair of images. You will find the other image in another gallery, with explanation. It is in pinks and lilacs.Cathedral at Dawn - The cathedral is a terrain. I got it from a friend.Noble Peak - A recent image. I don't remember where I got the terrain.Evening Storm - We were supposed to make tall strip images, which were then combined side by side into larger images, sort of like a triptych, but with more panels.Lucid Waters - An early fantasy image.Looking Down Canyon - Using the Grand Canyon terrain, this is an early attempt to reproduce the appearance of the Grand Canyon. It didn't work, but I like the image anyway.Copperwine - The terrain is from Mojoworld, converted for terragen, and bears the name Copperwine. So I made it the right colors. :)Organpipe Hills - Because the peaks remind me of organ pipes. Just being silly.Land of Burnished Gold - A recent image. I told it not to render the sky, because it's more dramatic this way.
Azura - A fellow named Rohi does the most fantastic postwork on his digital landscape renders. I hope to be like him when I grow up. This is a first attempt to emulate him. The planet was added in Paint Shop Pro.
Azura - A fellow named Rohi does the most fantastic postwork on his digital landscape renders. I hope to be like him when I grow up. This is a first attempt to emulate him. The planet was added in Paint Shop Pro.
Pastel Cathedral Looking Down - This is from a pair of images. You will find the other image in another gallery, with explanation. It is in pinks and lilacs.
Pastel Cathedral Looking Down - This is from a pair of images. You will find the other image in another gallery, with explanation. It is in pinks and lilacs.
Cathedral at Dawn - The cathedral is a terrain. I got it from a friend.
Cathedral at Dawn - The cathedral is a terrain. I got it from a friend.
Noble Peak - A recent image. I don't remember where I got the terrain.
Noble Peak - A recent image. I don't remember where I got the terrain.
Evening Storm - We were supposed to make tall strip images, which were then combined side by side into larger images, sort of like a triptych, but with more panels.
Evening Storm - We were supposed to make tall strip images, which were then combined side by side into larger images, sort of like a triptych, but with more panels.
Lucid Waters - An early fantasy image.
Lucid Waters - An early fantasy image.
Looking Down Canyon - Using the Grand Canyon terrain, this is an early attempt to reproduce the appearance of the Grand Canyon. It didn't work, but I like the image anyway.
Looking Down Canyon - Using the Grand Canyon terrain, this is an early attempt to reproduce the appearance of the Grand Canyon. It didn't work, but I like the image anyway.
Copperwine - The terrain is from Mojoworld, converted for terragen, and bears the name Copperwine. So I made it the right colors. :)
Copperwine - The terrain is from Mojoworld, converted for terragen, and bears the name Copperwine. So I made it the right colors. :)
Organpipe Hills - Because the peaks remind me of organ pipes. Just being silly.
Organpipe Hills - Because the peaks remind me of organ pipes. Just being silly.
Land of Burnished Gold - A recent image. I told it not to render the sky, because it's more dramatic this way.
Land of Burnished Gold - A recent image. I told it not to render the sky, because it's more dramatic this way.
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BlueEvening Eagle - Someone complained that the eagle in Mirror Lake doesn't have a reflection in the water. So I made another image and made sure there was a reflection.Sun and Snow - More laser work.Nebula 2 - In another gallery, I present an image with a fractal nebula in the sky. This one has a nebula that I made from an atmosphere in Terragen.Beaute Desolee - Made for a contest. I don't remember why I named it in French, maybe because the person running the contest speaks French. I didn't win, but that's OK. I like the image anyway. I apologize for the inability to put the proper accent oShiprock New - A sunset using the terrain of Shiprock, New Mexico, one of my favorite places.Distant Vistas - Another image from the Shiprock terrain.Tropical - Just playing aroundLas Cruces Bliss - This is an atmospheric effect which is rarely seen. I have seen it once in my lifetime, I think. Someone figured out how to do these in Terragen, so I have made a few. This is probably my most successful.Mist World - Just a fantasy image.
Blue
Blue
Evening Eagle - Someone complained that the eagle in Mirror Lake doesn't have a reflection in the water. So I made another image and made sure there was a reflection.
Evening Eagle - Someone complained that the eagle in Mirror Lake doesn't have a reflection in the water. So I made another image and made sure there was a reflection.
Sun and Snow - More laser work.
Sun and Snow - More laser work.
Nebula 2 - In another gallery, I present an image with a fractal nebula in the sky. This one has a nebula that I made from an atmosphere in Terragen.
Nebula 2 - In another gallery, I present an image with a fractal nebula in the sky. This one has a nebula that I made from an atmosphere in Terragen.
Beaute Desolee - Made for a contest. I don't remember why I named it in French, maybe because the person running the contest speaks French. I didn't win, but that's OK. I like the image anyway. I apologize for the inability to put the proper accent o
Beaute Desolee - Made for a contest. I don't remember why I named it in French, maybe because the person running the contest speaks French. I didn't win, but that's OK. I like the image anyway. I apologize for the inability to put the proper accent o
Shiprock New - A sunset using the terrain of Shiprock, New Mexico, one of my favorite places.
Shiprock New - A sunset using the terrain of Shiprock, New Mexico, one of my favorite places.
Distant Vistas - Another image from the Shiprock terrain.
Distant Vistas - Another image from the Shiprock terrain.
Tropical - Just playing around
Tropical - Just playing around
Las Cruces Bliss - This is an atmospheric effect which is rarely seen. I have seen it once in my lifetime, I think. Someone figured out how to do these in Terragen, so I have made a few. This is probably my most successful.
Las Cruces Bliss - This is an atmospheric effect which is rarely seen. I have seen it once in my lifetime, I think. Someone figured out how to do these in Terragen, so I have made a few. This is probably my most successful.
Mist World - Just a fantasy image.
Mist World - Just a fantasy image.

More Favorites

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Arizona Resource - A friend asked me to tweak his clouds. He sent me the terrain and world file. I tweaked, and this is what I got. Water is a precious Arizona resource, when you can get it.Let the Hills Be Joyful Together - probably self-explanatoryDeluge - You can get the appearance of rain if you know how, with an atmosphere setting. The large image also shows water drops in the water. This comes from a plug-in.Rocks - This was made for a contest. Rich2, who ran the contest wanted us to make rocks like he likes to make, individual rocks arising out of water. We were on our own to figure out how to do it. As you can see, I figured it out.Beach - I just think this one turned out nice. I think I got the terrain from Dotthy, but I don't remember for sure.Underwater Scene - I wanted to see if I could make an atmosphere that looked like you were underwater. The sea life was rendered in Vue d'Esprit and added in Paint Shop Pro.Utah Vista - One of my earlier successful images. I don't remember where the terrain came from.Paradise - Another early successful image. Again, I don't remember where the terrain came from.Glory to God in the Highest - I just thought the title really fits this one.Mount Shuksan - I have an online friend who likes to go mountain climbing. He comes back with the most spectacular photographs. This was made after seeing one of his photographs. I was able to locate the spot where he stood, and when I finished this,
Arizona Resource - A friend asked me to tweak his clouds. He sent me the terrain and world file. I tweaked, and this is what I got. Water is a precious Arizona resource, when you can get it.
Arizona Resource - A friend asked me to tweak his clouds. He sent me the terrain and world file. I tweaked, and this is what I got. Water is a precious Arizona resource, when you can get it.
Let the Hills Be Joyful Together - probably self-explanatory
Let the Hills Be Joyful Together - probably self-explanatory
Deluge - You can get the appearance of rain if you know how, with an atmosphere setting. The large image also shows water drops in the water. This comes from a plug-in.
Deluge - You can get the appearance of rain if you know how, with an atmosphere setting. The large image also shows water drops in the water. This comes from a plug-in.
Rocks - This was made for a contest. Rich2, who ran the contest wanted us to make rocks like he likes to make, individual rocks arising out of water. We were on our own to figure out how to do it. As you can see, I figured it out.
Rocks - This was made for a contest. Rich2, who ran the contest wanted us to make rocks like he likes to make, individual rocks arising out of water. We were on our own to figure out how to do it. As you can see, I figured it out.
Beach - I just think this one turned out nice. I think I got the terrain from Dotthy, but I don't remember for sure.
Beach - I just think this one turned out nice. I think I got the terrain from Dotthy, but I don't remember for sure.
Underwater Scene - I wanted to see if I could make an atmosphere that looked like you were underwater. The sea life was rendered in Vue d'Esprit and added in Paint Shop Pro.
Underwater Scene - I wanted to see if I could make an atmosphere that looked like you were underwater. The sea life was rendered in Vue d'Esprit and added in Paint Shop Pro.
Utah Vista - One of my earlier successful images. I don't remember where the terrain came from.
Utah Vista - One of my earlier successful images. I don't remember where the terrain came from.
Paradise - Another early successful image. Again, I don't remember where the terrain came from.
Paradise - Another early successful image. Again, I don't remember where the terrain came from.
Glory to God in the Highest - I just thought the title really fits this one.
Glory to God in the Highest - I just thought the title really fits this one.
Mount Shuksan - I have an online friend who likes to go mountain climbing. He comes back with the most spectacular photographs. This was made after seeing one of his photographs. I was able to locate the spot where he stood, and when I finished this,
Mount Shuksan - I have an online friend who likes to go mountain climbing. He comes back with the most spectacular photographs. This was made after seeing one of his photographs. I was able to locate the spot where he stood, and when I finished this,

More Assorted Images - In no particular order

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Rainbow Sky - In case you haven't guessed it, I like outrageously colored skies. The terrain is Big Bend, Utah.Glacier - My attempt to make a realistic one.Night Scene - Attempt at realism. The moon is from my own photograph.Caliente - The Spanish word for "hot" because I think that's what it looks like.Skyfire - The atmosphere file was a gift from a friend. It has to be tweaked for the scene, and this was the first image I made with it.Into the Abyss - The terrain was a gift from a friend.Ghost Mountains - Someone figured out how to do overhangs, and taught the rest of us. You make the terrain high by multiplying height a couple of times. You render at .1 pixel height instead of the normal 1. It produces this effect. The surface is a Dale Sunrise - I believe Dale is one of the Mojoworld terrains. Actually, every "terrain" is a complete world. But people will export parts of the world and convert them to Terragen terrains. This was a gift. Laser Effect, of course.Iceberg - Terragen Classic doesn't render transparencies, except in water. So this is an attempt to make what looks like translucent ice.Rainbow Sky Gunshot Butte - Same atmosphere as above in Skyfire, tweaked, with the real terrain Gunshot Butte.
Rainbow Sky - In case you haven't guessed it, I like outrageously colored skies. The terrain is Big Bend, Utah.
Rainbow Sky - In case you haven't guessed it, I like outrageously colored skies. The terrain is Big Bend, Utah.
Glacier - My attempt to make a realistic one.
Glacier - My attempt to make a realistic one.
Night Scene - Attempt at realism. The moon is from my own photograph.
Night Scene - Attempt at realism. The moon is from my own photograph.
Caliente - The Spanish word for "hot" because I think that's what it looks like.
Caliente - The Spanish word for "hot" because I think that's what it looks like.
Skyfire - The atmosphere file was a gift from a friend. It has to be tweaked for the scene, and this was the first image I made with it.
Skyfire - The atmosphere file was a gift from a friend. It has to be tweaked for the scene, and this was the first image I made with it.
Into the Abyss - The terrain was a gift from a friend.
Into the Abyss - The terrain was a gift from a friend.
Ghost Mountains - Someone figured out how to do overhangs, and taught the rest of us. You make the terrain high by multiplying height a couple of times. You render at .1 pixel height instead of the normal 1. It produces this effect. The surface is a
Ghost Mountains - Someone figured out how to do overhangs, and taught the rest of us. You make the terrain high by multiplying height a couple of times. You render at .1 pixel height instead of the normal 1. It produces this effect. The surface is a
Dale Sunrise - I believe Dale is one of the Mojoworld terrains. Actually, every "terrain" is a complete world. But people will export parts of the world and convert them to Terragen terrains. This was a gift. Laser Effect, of course.
Dale Sunrise - I believe Dale is one of the Mojoworld terrains. Actually, every "terrain" is a complete world. But people will export parts of the world and convert them to Terragen terrains. This was a gift. Laser Effect, of course.
Iceberg - Terragen Classic doesn't render transparencies, except in water. So this is an attempt to make what looks like translucent ice.
Iceberg - Terragen Classic doesn't render transparencies, except in water. So this is an attempt to make what looks like translucent ice.
Rainbow Sky Gunshot Butte - Same atmosphere as above in Skyfire, tweaked, with the real terrain Gunshot Butte.
Rainbow Sky Gunshot Butte - Same atmosphere as above in Skyfire, tweaked, with the real terrain Gunshot Butte.

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Tawny MorningLone Rock Overcast - I long to spend some time in Hawai'i. So I often make scenes that are intended to look like scenes there. I study photographs before I do this.Land of Burnished Gold 2 - In another gallery, I present these same mountains with a black sky. This is the sky I didn't render there.Spanish Bottom - Another attempt at a scene typical of Hawai'i. I don't remember why I chose that name.Big Bend Strata 2 - Made for a strata contest. Big Bend, Utah terrain.Rainier - Using the real terrain of Mount Rainier in Washington State, this is an attempt at realism.Tropical Fantasia - The terrain was a gift.Tropical Storm - The terrain is Cathedral Canyon, Utah.Silent Paradise 2 - revisiting the same terrain several years later, to make what hopefully is a better image of that valley.The Island Stallion - Walter Farley's book is the inspiration for this image. The stallion was added in Paint Shop Pro.
Tawny Morning
Tawny Morning
Lone Rock Overcast - I long to spend some time in Hawai'i. So I often make scenes that are intended to look like scenes there. I study photographs before I do this.
Lone Rock Overcast - I long to spend some time in Hawai'i. So I often make scenes that are intended to look like scenes there. I study photographs before I do this.
Land of Burnished Gold 2 - In another gallery, I present these same mountains with a black sky. This is the sky I didn't render there.
Land of Burnished Gold 2 - In another gallery, I present these same mountains with a black sky. This is the sky I didn't render there.
Spanish Bottom - Another attempt at a scene typical of Hawai'i. I don't remember why I chose that name.
Spanish Bottom - Another attempt at a scene typical of Hawai'i. I don't remember why I chose that name.
Big Bend Strata 2 - Made for a strata contest. Big Bend, Utah terrain.
Big Bend Strata 2 - Made for a strata contest. Big Bend, Utah terrain.
Rainier - Using the real terrain of Mount Rainier in Washington State, this is an attempt at realism.
Rainier - Using the real terrain of Mount Rainier in Washington State, this is an attempt at realism.
Tropical Fantasia - The terrain was a gift.
Tropical Fantasia - The terrain was a gift.
Tropical Storm - The terrain is Cathedral Canyon, Utah.
Tropical Storm - The terrain is Cathedral Canyon, Utah.
Silent Paradise 2 - revisiting the same terrain several years later, to make what hopefully is a better image of that valley.
Silent Paradise 2 - revisiting the same terrain several years later, to make what hopefully is a better image of that valley.
The Island Stallion - Walter Farley's book is the inspiration for this image. The stallion was added in Paint Shop Pro.
The Island Stallion - Walter Farley's book is the inspiration for this image. The stallion was added in Paint Shop Pro.

More Assorted Images - In no particular order

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Misty MonolithsEmerald Lake Butter HillsSulfurusSunset OverlayKauai NightZandscape 2New Contest 22 HillsWindswept 5Peaceful EveningLimpid Waters
Misty Monoliths
Misty Monoliths
Emerald Lake Butter Hills
Emerald Lake Butter Hills
Sulfurus
Sulfurus
Sunset Overlay
Sunset Overlay
Kauai Night
Kauai Night
Zandscape 2
Zandscape 2
New Contest 22 Hills
New Contest 22 Hills
Windswept 5
Windswept 5
Peaceful Evening
Peaceful Evening
Limpid Waters
Limpid Waters
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Desert - An attempt to simulate sand dunes. I can't get the wind patterns, however, at least not yet.AtmosphereAspen Grove - Named after the terrain I used. I couldn't get it to render the top of the pictures, a bug in Terragen they later fixed. I also now know how to work around it. But in this case, I simply lopped off the black part.Desolate - An attempt to simulate the surface of Mars.Desert EveningFantasia 2 - When you put foam in the water, you get to choose the color. It seems straightforward. I wanted to see if I could get three colors of foam at the same time. I got two here.Lone Rock - The name of the terrain.Swamp - Three colors of foam!Lone Rock 2Cathedral Canyon - The name of the terrain in Utah. Slight bliss.
Desert - An attempt to simulate sand dunes. I can't get the wind patterns, however, at least not yet.
Desert - An attempt to simulate sand dunes. I can't get the wind patterns, however, at least not yet.
Atmosphere
Atmosphere
Aspen Grove - Named after the terrain I used. I couldn't get it to render the top of the pictures, a bug in Terragen they later fixed. I also now know how to work around it. But in this case, I simply lopped off the black part.
Aspen Grove - Named after the terrain I used. I couldn't get it to render the top of the pictures, a bug in Terragen they later fixed. I also now know how to work around it. But in this case, I simply lopped off the black part.
Desolate - An attempt to simulate the surface of Mars.
Desolate - An attempt to simulate the surface of Mars.
Desert Evening
Desert Evening
Fantasia 2 - When you put foam in the water, you get to choose the color. It seems straightforward. I wanted to see if I could get three colors of foam at the same time. I got two here.
Fantasia 2 - When you put foam in the water, you get to choose the color. It seems straightforward. I wanted to see if I could get three colors of foam at the same time. I got two here.
Lone Rock - The name of the terrain.
Lone Rock - The name of the terrain.
Swamp - Three colors of foam!
Swamp - Three colors of foam!
Lone Rock 2
Lone Rock 2
Cathedral Canyon - The name of the terrain in Utah. Slight bliss.
Cathedral Canyon - The name of the terrain in Utah. Slight bliss.

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Hill Country - Favorite because I like the way the surface map turned out.Bright Angel Vista - My most successful attempt, to date, to make a realistic Grand Canyon image.Tropical Fantasy 2 - As you may have discovered, I like tropical scenes.Badlands and Dead SeaRocky Valley - One of my better attempts at a good surface map.Desert Vista - An early image.Mount RedoubtBadland Planet - A recent imageLone Rock Evening - I like the water.Rays on Rainier
Hill Country - Favorite because I like the way the surface map turned out.
Hill Country - Favorite because I like the way the surface map turned out.
Bright Angel Vista - My most successful attempt, to date, to make a realistic Grand Canyon image.
Bright Angel Vista - My most successful attempt, to date, to make a realistic Grand Canyon image.
Tropical Fantasy 2 - As you may have discovered, I like tropical scenes.
Tropical Fantasy 2 - As you may have discovered, I like tropical scenes.
Badlands and Dead Sea
Badlands and Dead Sea
Rocky Valley - One of my better attempts at a good surface map.
Rocky Valley - One of my better attempts at a good surface map.
Desert Vista - An early image.
Desert Vista - An early image.
Mount Redoubt
Mount Redoubt
Badland Planet - A recent image
Badland Planet - A recent image
Lone Rock Evening - I like the water.
Lone Rock Evening - I like the water.
Rays on Rainier
Rays on Rainier

Assorted Images - In no particular order

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Rainbow Water - Three colors of foam again.Tropical Mount Challenger - The terrain was Mount Challenger. I like transparent water, but this was a little extreme.Rainbow Picacho - People from southern Arizona will recognize the terrain. This is the side facing I-10.Next Door to ParadiseSgt. Grandpa's Mist - Sgt. Grandpa is a Terragen artist, and he gave me the terrain.WinterMe Zand 6 - I probably tweaked the terrain. The terrain is Zand. I don't remember who gave it to me.Midori - "Midori" is the Japanese word for "green" and I like the way it sounds. This picture leans toward green; hence, the name.Emmett Wash - The name of the terrain.Rays on Rainier 2
Rainbow Water - Three colors of foam again.
Rainbow Water - Three colors of foam again.
Tropical Mount Challenger - The terrain was Mount Challenger. I like transparent water, but this was a little extreme.
Tropical Mount Challenger - The terrain was Mount Challenger. I like transparent water, but this was a little extreme.
Rainbow Picacho - People from southern Arizona will recognize the terrain. This is the side facing I-10.
Rainbow Picacho - People from southern Arizona will recognize the terrain. This is the side facing I-10.
Next Door to Paradise
Next Door to Paradise
Sgt. Grandpa's Mist - Sgt. Grandpa is a Terragen artist, and he gave me the terrain.
Sgt. Grandpa's Mist - Sgt. Grandpa is a Terragen artist, and he gave me the terrain.
Winter
Winter
Me Zand 6 - I probably tweaked the terrain. The terrain is Zand. I don't remember who gave it to me.
Me Zand 6 - I probably tweaked the terrain. The terrain is Zand. I don't remember who gave it to me.
Midori - "Midori" is the Japanese word for "green" and I like the way it sounds. This picture leans toward green; hence, the name.
Midori - "Midori" is the Japanese word for "green" and I like the way it sounds. This picture leans toward green; hence, the name.
Emmett Wash - The name of the terrain.
Emmett Wash - The name of the terrain.
Rays on Rainier 2
Rays on Rainier 2
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Open SpacesNative BackwatersContrasts Tropical - This image and the next one show two different treatments of the same terrain.Contrasts DesertEarth and SkyFantasia in GreenTropical Canyon - A recent imageMount Rainier Early SpringCraggy WorldMisty Cliffs
Open Spaces
Open Spaces
Native Backwaters
Native Backwaters
Contrasts Tropical - This image and the next one show two different treatments of the same terrain.
Contrasts Tropical - This image and the next one show two different treatments of the same terrain.
Contrasts Desert
Contrasts Desert
Earth and Sky
Earth and Sky
Fantasia in Green
Fantasia in Green
Tropical Canyon - A recent image
Tropical Canyon - A recent image
Mount Rainier Early Spring
Mount Rainier Early Spring
Craggy World
Craggy World
Misty Cliffs
Misty Cliffs
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Heartland Space - The terrain was a gift from a friend.Face Canyon 2Brackish WaterPicachy Opposite Water - Picacho Peak from the other side.Navajo Point - The name of the terrain.Pacific Badlands TurquoiseOrgan Fantasy - Terrain is Organ Pipe Mountains, New Mexico. I couldn't get the mountains to look like the ones in New Mexico, so I went off in another direction entirely.Grand Canyon Bright AngelCove Mountains - Name of the terrain.Canyon Lake
Heartland Space - The terrain was a gift from a friend.
Heartland Space - The terrain was a gift from a friend.
Face Canyon 2
Face Canyon 2
Brackish Water
Brackish Water
Picachy Opposite Water - Picacho Peak from the other side.
Picachy Opposite Water - Picacho Peak from the other side.
Navajo Point - The name of the terrain.
Navajo Point - The name of the terrain.
Pacific Badlands Turquoise
Pacific Badlands Turquoise
Organ Fantasy - Terrain is Organ Pipe Mountains, New Mexico. I couldn't get the mountains to look like the ones in New Mexico, so I went off in another direction entirely.
Organ Fantasy - Terrain is Organ Pipe Mountains, New Mexico. I couldn't get the mountains to look like the ones in New Mexico, so I went off in another direction entirely.
Grand Canyon Bright Angel
Grand Canyon Bright Angel
Cove Mountains - Name of the terrain.
Cove Mountains - Name of the terrain.
Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake

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Think of the Dolomites - After seeing photos, I worked on an image that would resemble what I saw.Spring in the Sonoran Desert - Wildflowers aren't easy to simulate in TerragenIsland Stallion's ValleyFrom Suffering to Beauty - I made this for some occasion. I don't remember what the occasion was. The idea is that after a long, painful, arduous hike, you finally come to a place of rest and tranquility.Looking into Badland Valley - I just like the colors.Sentinels in Azure - Probably the Copperwine terrain.Voluptuous Earth - I inverted a spiky terrain to get this.Icy Blue WorldBig Bend, Utah - Named after the terrain.Dawn - The terrain is Cathedral Canyon.
Think of the Dolomites - After seeing photos, I worked on an image that would resemble what I saw.
Think of the Dolomites - After seeing photos, I worked on an image that would resemble what I saw.
Spring in the Sonoran Desert - Wildflowers aren't easy to simulate in Terragen
Spring in the Sonoran Desert - Wildflowers aren't easy to simulate in Terragen
Island Stallion's Valley
Island Stallion's Valley
From Suffering to Beauty - I made this for some occasion. I don't remember what the occasion was. The idea is that after a long, painful, arduous hike, you finally come to a place of rest and tranquility.
From Suffering to Beauty - I made this for some occasion. I don't remember what the occasion was. The idea is that after a long, painful, arduous hike, you finally come to a place of rest and tranquility.
Looking into Badland Valley - I just like the colors.
Looking into Badland Valley - I just like the colors.
Sentinels in Azure - Probably the Copperwine terrain.
Sentinels in Azure - Probably the Copperwine terrain.
Voluptuous Earth - I inverted a spiky terrain to get this.
Voluptuous Earth - I inverted a spiky terrain to get this.
Icy Blue World
Icy Blue World
Big Bend, Utah - Named after the terrain.
Big Bend, Utah - Named after the terrain.
Dawn - The terrain is Cathedral Canyon.
Dawn - The terrain is Cathedral Canyon.

Assorted Images - Not necessarily leftovers

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Sgt. Grandpa's MountainNavajo Bridge - The name of the terrain.Grand Tetons Sunset - I have no idea if this view faces west or not!Green FogBox Canyon - Big Bent, Utah terrain.Chomolungma Sagarmatha Everest - The name of the terrain.Face Canyon - The name of the terrain.Heartland TropicsKekaka Kawai - The name of the terrain. I have a complete set of the terrains of the Hawai'ian Islands.Turbulence
Sgt. Grandpa's Mountain
Sgt. Grandpa's Mountain
Navajo Bridge - The name of the terrain.
Navajo Bridge - The name of the terrain.
Grand Tetons Sunset - I have no idea if this view faces west or not!
Grand Tetons Sunset - I have no idea if this view faces west or not!
Green Fog
Green Fog
Box Canyon - Big Bent, Utah terrain.
Box Canyon - Big Bent, Utah terrain.
Chomolungma Sagarmatha Everest - The name of the terrain.
Chomolungma Sagarmatha Everest - The name of the terrain.
Face Canyon - The name of the terrain.
Face Canyon - The name of the terrain.
Heartland Tropics
Heartland Tropics
Kekaka Kawai - The name of the terrain. I have a complete set of the terrains of the Hawai'ian Islands.
Kekaka Kawai - The name of the terrain. I have a complete set of the terrains of the Hawai'ian Islands.
Turbulence
Turbulence

Just a Few More Favorites

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Gregory Butte EveningTropical WildernessPacific IslandHeartland Looking UpGod Made Tropical Mountains - I made a few posters with Christian sayings. This was one of them.GrayGrand Tetons
Gregory Butte Evening
Gregory Butte Evening
Tropical Wilderness
Tropical Wilderness
Pacific Island
Pacific Island
Heartland Looking Up
Heartland Looking Up
God Made Tropical Mountains - I made a few posters with Christian sayings. This was one of them.
God Made Tropical Mountains - I made a few posters with Christian sayings. This was one of them.
Gray
Gray
Grand Tetons
Grand Tetons

More to Come

I have a few new ones to put up. As you can see, there is much that can be done, experimenting with terrains, skies, surfaces (the rocks and plants), and other settings. Sometimes I try to simulate something I have actually seen or seen photos of, and other times, I am off in a fantasy world. Either way, I hope you enjoyed this visit.

Comments - Your reaction to my work, and to Terragen

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @Shorebirdie: Thank you!

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Wow, those are stunning. I may have to try one of those programs.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @surfsusan: You're welcome. Good luck, and feel free to ask me any questions you might have when you start to use it.

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      surfsusan 4 years ago

      @Pat Goltz: Thank you. On my way to check :)

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @surfsusan: LOL Thank you. Yes, Jo Meder has prepared a version of Terragen 2 for Mac, and I think there is also a version of Terragen Classic for Mac. Go to planetside.co.uk .

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      surfsusan 4 years ago

      Wow I did not know of programmes like these - well I knew for film making but not us "normal" people. I will check if any is available for Macs. Thanks for sharing.