Raven Studios: Map Tutorial - Forest by Bendak

RAVEN STUDIOS Map Tutorial


by BENDAK

DESCRIPTION
I was designing some forest maps, and I thought I was doing this always in a same pattern. So I thought; why not post it here? This is what you get; a nice tutorial to make a good (eyecandy) forest, in a couple of steps. This can be quite useful for newbies and even for experienced designers. Have a look ).

STEP 1

Make a grass 1 and blank landscape. We will start on this.

STEP 2

Next, take the terrain tab and place large amounts of oak trees around. Include some water too ).

STEP 3

Mix the oak trees with some palm trees. They will be the second most important tree here. Palm trees look quite good.

STEP 4

Start mixing your trees combo with some pine trees (not to much ). Also, it's good if you include a couple redwood, or strange trees. Note I said a couple.

STEP 5

ow, we will start with the water. Start off with making some water shores. If you have greater amounts of water; include some deep water too.

STEP 6

Already half of it done! But now you have to make the water looking good; with using some water rocks in small groups and using the green small water rocks around them. Don't use the other small water rocks, because they don't look that good in the water; they look better near normal rocks ). Use some (improved)wave ripples too (not too much).

STEP 7

The last water part. Use aquatic plants near rocks, and be sure to not overuse them. Also, randomly use some fish too. Again, dont overuse them too!

STEP 8

Now the water is done; we're gonna work some on miscellaneous objects. Randomly place the both rocks (not volcanic!) in the woods, and make a group of they grey rocks at a random place. Be sure to place some grey water rocks besides them. Now, you can want to have some other thingies in there too, like Massassi temples, ruins, Jedi ruins, sacred placestowers. Be sure to place some (depending on the planet) to make the scenario more interesting.

STEP 9

Almost there! Now, add some trees in the spots you had to delete to build the things in STEP 8.

STEP 10

Now you have to add plants. Use lushes and bushes under trees (not in open spots) and use flowers on the banks and in open spots. Don't use the other plants.

Done!


Contact the author, Bendak at sw_bendak@hotmail.com.