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    Default HOW DO I.?..make a mountain full of roads

    i wanna make a map with a mountain full of roads,what program should i use to make a heightmap and convert in format png?THNX

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    Community Leader Gidde's Avatar
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    I have no idea! If I was faced with that situation, I'd probably start with staring at maps of Switzerland and try to reverse engineer how they made them.

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    Agree with Gidde - then check out some of the hightmap tutorials and conversations and figure out how you want to show the roads. Look at what software they used in the tutorials or images you liked.

    Check out the software thread and take a look at the various choices. A lot depends on what your budget is.

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    the map is for a game i like,spellforce 1,ibegan to make 1 with game editor but for what i want(mountain full of roads)that editor not good,very primitive,so i need to find a program to use to edit some roads with many curves on a mountain ,and convert in heightmap.png to use with game editor,Thnx for not english so i hope you understand

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    Community Leader RobA's Avatar
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    Once you have a heightmap I'd eyeball where you want the road to go (including switchbacks) and then using a road width brush, smudge/convolve stroke the path. This will average out the height and make the road even. You may have to reverse the path direction on alternate strokes.

    This will put the flat road into the heightfield. Maybe. I haven't actually tried this technique for this purpose, so YMMV.

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    Check out World Machine ( ). http://technicalgamedesign.blogspot....i-made-up.html shows an example of roads.

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