How to Make a 3D Model of a Mountain

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How to Make a 3D Model of a Mountain

3D models have a wide range of uses. These CGI-generated objects are used in advertising, education, entertainment and even science. One of the most widely created types of 3D models are landscapes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vue Infinite or other landscape program

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  1. 1

    Open Vue (see Resources for Vue and other 3D software). Then, go to the object icons on the right and click on the "Standard Terrain" icon. Then, go to "Menu" and click on "Object," then "Edit Object." In the window that opens, you have access to the Terrain Editor. This is a powerful feature that allows you to shape the terrain or mountain to suit your needs. You can adjust the brush mode on the right to either raise or lower sections of the terrain. In the brush settings, you can adjust the brush attributes.

    How to Make a 3D Model of a Mountain
  2. 2

    Use the brush to paint the changes onto the terrain you want. Remember, you are not painting textures or colours, but spatial attributes. When you are done, click "OK."

    How to Make a 3D Model of a Mountain
  3. 3

    Click on "Object" and then click "Change Object Material." In the window that opens, scroll to the "Landscape Materials," select one and click "OK."

    How to Make a 3D Model of a Mountain
  4. 4

    Click on the "Render" icon at the top to see your work. If you like it, you can click on "Export Selected Object" at the bottom of the screen and save it as a 3D format for use in another program.

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