How to Make a 3D Model of a Mountain

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Vue Infinite or other landscape program
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About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.