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Old April 17th, 2013, 05:07 PM
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I have a couple of questions and wondered if anyone here can help.

I'd like to create some images of planets for my Mongoose Traveller campaign, and have seen some nice ones made using Terragen. Having downloaded the free version of the software though, it looks like a pretty steep learning curve to get to the point where I can create something convincing myself. Is there:
  • Another, simpler program that will do the job just as well, or
  • A really easy to follow tutorial that will help me get to grips with Terragen.

I don't mind investing a bit of time in this, since once I've created one planet I will need and use quite a few more, but I don't want it to take all my spare time.
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Lunarcell is very easy to use:
http://www.flamingpear.com/lunarcell.html
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Lunarcell is very easy to use:
http://www.flamingpear.com/lunarcell.html
Looks interesting haven't messed with photoshop plugins for a long time.
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I don't know how controllable it is though, lots and lots of settings

I just used one of the presets

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too bad you can't use a bitmap for the landmasses

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I use Fractal Terrains 3 with the Terraformer add-on. It does the job nicely, as long as you don't want specific landmass layouts. I've heard that Bryce will do the job but have only just got a computer that will run it, so I have not experimented with it yet and cannot tell you how easy it is.

This is a basic layout I did with FT3 and Photoshop. The newest version has clouds added but I have not done enough with it to upload it yet.


You can see the full post on my blog with other images HERE.

I'm still learning, as the images show! I find FT3 and Campaign Cartographer 3 really easy to use so I like them, but they do cost money.
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There's been a history of these floating around the web. I think they seem to get better over time.

This is the first google hit of "gimp planet tutorial". No doubt there are some for photoshop.

I have not tried this one, I have played with others in the past with mixed results.

http://mygimptutorial.com/the-ultima...lanet-tutorial

If nothing else, it's free and cross platform.
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loaded the flaming pear 64bit plugins into photoshop. I was using older versions in fireworks. Yes I was thinking of Bryce, it can use a grayscale bitmap for elevations.





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Otto Harkaman,

I really like the surface of the top (planet03) - is that from the flaming pear plugin?
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I really like the surface of the top (planet03) - is that from the flaming pear plugin?
Yes they are all from the flaming pear plugin. There are some basic controls to change terrain but nothing precise. It looks like you can export the terrains to a bitmap that you can later use in a 3d program from what the manual says.

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