Sculpting and Painting Landscapes in Twinmotion

June 25, 2020 Kenniston Crane

Mastering the terrain in Twinmotion is simple and can bring more realism to your project.

NOTE: The workflow below does not refer to topography brought in from another software.

In the Library, navigate to the folder called Vegetation and Landscape.

Image 1 Veg Folder
Inside the Vegetation and Landscape folder is a Landscapes subfolder that contains two different types of landscapes. One is Flat, the other is Rocky Grasslands. Select one to pull into your view window. The landscape type you've chosen will become a new object in the hierarchy on the right.

Image 2 Inside Veg Folder
After dragging it into the view window, you can transform it similar to any other object in the hierarchy. Also, you have access to two tools in the bottom interface:

  • Sculpt Terrain
  • Paint Terrain

Let's look at Sculpt first.

Sculpt Terrain

With Sculpt terrain, you can sculpt rolling hills, valleys, trenches, or mountains across the terrain element. This is dependent on the diameter or intensity. The Shape tool determines the sort of alpha channel used to sculpt, similar to Blender or Max. You can choose the size, intensity, and shape. The icons at the top of this ribbon are your brushes. Select a brush to indicate the direction in which you want the sculpt to form.

Image 2 Sculpt

Paint Terrain

The Paint terrain function blends multiple ground materials together. You can achieve different effects by adjusting the diameter, scale, opacity, and shape.  Blending can create a path in a forest, or a patch of snow, as though Frosty was melting on a warm summer day.

Image 4 Paint

Leverage the terrain tools in Twinmotion to bring an essence of realism, or fantasy, to your scene, then create stills and videos to tell your story. You can also slip it into VR or just use the EXE export, and allow others to experience your virtual world.

About the Author

Kenniston Crane

Building Solutions Applications Expert

Having spent more than 17 years working in the building industry, Kenniston puts his expertise to work for clients whether its creating complex electrical systems for data centers or helping them integrate all disciplines into a cohesive BIM process.

He’s spent time doing custom architecture and electrical designs, creating quantity takeoffs, and developing construction sequences, and implementing construction pre-fabrication services. Helping organizations make the most of their technology – and plan for future goals – is a key part of how he aids clients at IMAGINiT.

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