Create your own grassy backyard

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First learn how to use Displacement Maps to create terrains and then learn how to bring your land to life by growing some grass on it using the SasLite plugin :)Good for anyone who doesn't know how to make grass in Lightwave or hasn't worked with Displacement Maps before :)

RaysOfLight on 8:34PM Sat, 01 November 2003

Creating your Ground Plane

Note: Any shortcut keys mentioned here are case-sensitive. So "a" and "A" will not do the same things.
During this tutorial I will try to show you as best as I can how to make grass. Along the way though, I will also be showing you a number of techniques that I use to make my life easier and which will hopefully be of help to you. So let's start!

First we will create our flat and ugly ground plane, so let's go ahead and load Modeller. Select [Box] from the "Create" tab, or press "X". Now press "n". This will bring up the Numeric panel.
Enter the values I have highlighted for you.

Width: 50m
Depth: 50m

X: 50
Z: 50

It will give you a fairly detailed square. Press enter and then space to accept the values and create the square. Squares don't bend best though, so let's go and add some more detail to our Ground Plane.

Tutorial Comments

Thelby  9:46AM Fri, 13 April 2007

I am going to give this a shot this weekend as I have just purchased and received Version 9 of LightWave. As a landscape artist, this is just what I was looking for and seems to be easy enough to build on for furture landscapes! Thanks SO Much for Your Time and Effort, Thelby Friday April 13, 2007

EclipseGT  8:06PM Wed, 19 October 2005

That was Awesome!!!!

dfdlm  6:19PM Wed, 08 June 2005

Well, this is what I call a great tutorial! I was always afraid of grass in scene :o> Sasquatch could be used for hair as well, am I right? One more thing, what about blurring the near leaves? I tried it using Digital Confusion postfilter but with no succes, it looked... weird. And using DoF su***... However, once again thanx alot!

mikeyanderson  8:11AM Sat, 12 March 2005

hello, gr8 tutorial...... send me an email as im a beginner, will credit ur help

julianobs  7:56PM Thu, 18 November 2004

Muito Bom tutorial..pois foi bem detalhado.. Juliano - Guaruja/SP - Brasil

linkworld  4:21AM Thu, 21 October 2004

There's a small bug in this tut: the octave param in the textured displacement should be set to 5.0 and NOT to 0.5- have a look at the screenshot- the param is correct in there- but not in the text. Maybe that's why some people had problems with their modelz. But it's still a stunning tutorial.

nightbeast  2:27PM Fri, 16 January 2004

Very useful tutorial, altough my grass didn't look like yours ^^'

sacx  6:09PM Mon, 29 December 2003

damn good tutorial

pharmacomancer  7:14PM Thu, 18 December 2003

THANK YOU! Your tutorial taught me a lot of new things about lightwave. Even though my patch of grass looked like nasty wrinkled furry skin and the program crashed twice it was fun to give it a try. Great tutorial!

feldermaus  7:25PM Wed, 10 December 2003

Your tutorial removed my initial resistance against trying something new. Thank you, saslite will become one of my artistic tools now. Keep it up, Bob

Higherspirit  5:31PM Wed, 03 December 2003

Itīs very kind of you to write this tutorial, thanks a million and keep up the good work Man! :)

mokba  1:02PM Tue, 02 December 2003

well layed out tutorial, gave enough info to accomplish the task and yet left the door open to experiment. thanks!

Esme  8:07AM Sun, 23 November 2003

Yayy!!! wonderful tutorial! :)

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