|Height Maps: Generate Custom Cities or Landscapes with PD Howler
|Digital Art Live
In this searchable and captioned tutorial, learn about how a height map generated in software such as Photoshop or GIMP can create an attractive, custom-made 3D landscape or cityscape using PDHowler. Usually, the brighter pixels of a height map make higher elevations, and the darker pixels make lower elevations.
So let’s get imaginative with height maps to quickly create 3D custom landscapes or cities. Imagine trying to create a city metropolis one building at a time or a canyon network from the ground up! By learning to utilize height maps, they can provide a fast and fun way to create large-scale 3D scenes quickly. Learn how to create: Cities Mountain ranges Canyons Lunar craters Hurricane storm systems Galactic nebula Philip Staiger shows you how to do a variety of height map projects with PD Howler. Included is a bonus tutorial on how to animate in PD Howler. About the presenter: Philip Staiger
Philip Staiger is the founder/owner of TheBest3D and a partner/co-developer of Project Dogwaffle, including PD Artist, PD Particles, and the top-of-the-line PD Howler. Phil has partnered with Dan Ritchie on many aspects of developing, promoting, and marketing Project Dogwaffle. He has worked for 35 years in the 3D industry with graphics hardware (Megatek, Digital) and software (TGS, Eovia) for 3D modeling and animation. Phil also has several years of experience in the security software (ESET) and machine translation software industry (SYSTRAN). He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute (EPFL) Switzerland, has programming and scripting experience, is fluent in several languages, and also has an insatiable admiration for the arts and the tools to create and communicate. Phil loves to explore imaginary landscapes and foreign worlds through rendering and animation with PD Howler. He also enjoys playing Canasta while listening to music by Alan Walker or a good game of Halo or Life is Strange. It’s a trip!
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