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Vue™ 7 Beyond the Basics by Richard Schrand

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3. Highs, Lows, and Points in Between

There are a number of ways you can create interesting, highly detailed, and intricate landscapes. One of the best is by designing black-and-white height maps. These maps have multiple uses—from defining terrain high and low points to assigning transparencies and bump information. In addition, you can also use these height maps to define where EcoSystems will be assigned. By creating your own maps, you have virtually limitless possibilities for designing the terrain of your dreams (or nightmares, if your imagination is anything like my students’).

These height maps are black-and-white images that, in most 3D applications, relate to high (white) and low (black), with shades of gray representing those areas ...

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