Satellite Imagery DEM Files

DEM files are great for creating a basis in reality for environments. There is a little big of a work flow to use them but it is totally worth it. First, go to website to download the dem data. I use National Maps. They revamped the website so it took me a little bit to get used to the new gui. At first glance there is a ton of different ways to get data. Easiest way is click “Maps” in center image.


This takes you to the download area. You get a map for all of the US (National map is only USA, there are other sites to use for rest of the world). Pick an area you’d like to explore. I’ve used Google Earth to do my location scouting and then come to National Maps after. Continue reading “Satellite Imagery DEM Files”

World Machine Tips

Well, this weekend was pretty busy with other commitments, but here’s a cool little tip I got from a friend at work.

You can export out your world machine geometry (extent region) cropped to a mask, which when he explained it, totally made sense. For some reason it didn’t dawn on me.

So, take your existing World Machine file.


Let’s say you didn’t want to export the entire extent region (whole square area). Let’s say you just wanted to export out the center mountain. Continue reading “World Machine Tips”

World Machine and Vue, Part 2

Now to add some depth to my scene.

You need to edit the terrain’s material, so under object properties, double click the texture.


Change it from Simple to Mixed Material, and the mapping to Object – Parametric. Map a simple color to each material to make it easy to see. The blue will be our flow maps and beige will be terrain. Edit the Distribution of Continue reading “World Machine and Vue, Part 2”