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Creating Rivers with Rolling Shores

Discussion in 'General Mapping Tutorials' started by 1337D00D, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. 1337D00D

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    Walp, here's a tutorial on how to make rivers with "rolling" shores and not straight cliffs.

    Difficulty
    Very Easy - 2/10
    Tools Required
    ~ World Editor ~
    • Now, the first thought on how to do this would be to make all the cliffs into ramps. WRONG! Ramp shores just don't look.... natural.
      • I am using tileset Lordaeron Summer.
      • Before you start, make sure the map's Initial Cliff level is at least 4.

    STEP 1 - River Path
    First, go to the Terrain Palette. Select "Apply Texture: Rough Dirt", along with "Apply Cliff - Shallow Water". I suggest you use Size 8 and shape Circle for your brush.
    Then, draw up your river. If you want it to be really deep, Lower One with the cliff tool and then use Shallow Water
    Here's mine so far.
    map.JPG

    When you're done with that, go to Advanced > Enforce Water Height Limits and UNcheck it. Then, uncheck "Apply Texture" in your palette and then fill in the river you just dug. Do not use Undo.
    It should look like this:
    map1.JPG


    STEP 2 - Lower Terrain
    Check "Apply Height: Lower" with the size as 3. Then, go over the Rough Dirt texture you placed earlier and lower it to the desired depth. Don't get too close to the grass. When you're finished with that, go over it with size 8 and smooth it a little bit.
    Here's mine.
    map2.JPG


    STEP 3 - Terrain Texture and Doodads!
    Once your river is smoothed down, move the grass up closer to the river, and have it change to dirt about one or two tiles away from the water. Then add some water plants, some rocks, trees, bridges, etc. When you are ENTIRELY finished, re-enable "Enforce Water Height Limits". You must disable it if you want to mess with the river any more. If you edit the terrain anywhere near it, the river will disappear if it is on.


    Here's my finished product.
    map3.JPG


    • Notice how the Fog and Sky settings really helped this area out. Use them often!
     
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  2. Palin_Twinblade

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    simple but very useful too people new with terrain.
     
  3. Freakstylez

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    Interesting tutorial -- such a simple concept, but something I was never aware of. Thanks.
     
  4. Elenai

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    It looks fantastic (though I already knew of this technique) Does this work with waterfall creation?
     
  5. qwehe

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    looks wery nice thx gonna use it for my rivers
     
  6. Blood Moon

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    ya thx for the tutorail
    ill use this style on my stupid rivier
    thx any way
     
  7. Hoernchen

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    thats some mad terraining skill, thanks! easy but mad...
     
  8. Gilles

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    I love this technique, I always use it! +rep
     
  9. LightBloOD

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    Thanks a lot this is awsome :)
     
  10. jafdahl

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    getting lost 2 step =(

    maybe becouse of my bad english understandment
     
  11. jafdahl

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    lol now i getting flying rivers lol inspired me to new map =D
     
  12. Woppl

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    Hummm? I get flying Rivers to.... what do i false? :bored:

    Can someone explain it for Dummies? :razz:

    i dont get the second picture...
    how do you remove the cliffs on pic 2 ?
    ahhh nevermind... i got it :))
     
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  13. nesatauri

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    To the people getting flying rivers and anyone who might view this tut in the future, you are probably going overboard with step 2. The water will stay at the level it was set at in step 1, so if you lower the surrounding terrain below that level you will end up with a "flying river" - a wall of water where your river was.

    Ah! Also, never use brush size 1 for step 1 unless you want a water wall. The result is always horrible. :ugly:

    Lol jafdahl, I almost made a Run, Kitty, Run! variant using water walls instead of cliffs but got bored with it and never finished it.

    I love this technique :thumbs_up:
     
  14. InfernalTater

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    One problem...

    Why are there to waves on my shores? I did everything exactly the same and it looks very nice, but there aren't waves.
    Can someone tell me?:razz:
    Nevermind, I got it.
     
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  15. Misha

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    Very nice tut. although i make a lot of water walls. it does looks creepy and surreal Like frozen world

    Why... i even made a water mountain ^_^
     
  16. penguinperson

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    Good way to easily improve any maps terrain :infl_thumbs_up:
     
  17. Oziris

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    Good for a start
     
  18. AkatsukiSlave

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    very useful and easy
     
  19. Dethadow

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    Nice guide but what's

    Nice guide but what do you mean by filling the river
     
  20. CaffeineMonkey

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    :thumbs_up: This looks very helpful indeed. Thanks bunches for putting this up.

    The map I'm working on requires a pretty long river and some ponds as well, and the way I usually make rolling coastlines doesn't tend to work too well with rivers. Going to give this a try later when I'm done designing my map in Photoshop.