Wow, that's great. Have to try this out!
Wow beautiful environment. Very thorough and detailed. But I think there are a few images that are not showing up (error?). Is that just me? Interested in seeing those other pictures...
Jack. First of all, I want to apologize for offending you. We published this just to show how the tech could be used. We don't actually care about the message. But you do bring up a viable point, that for some people - this might be an issue, so I take this post down.
Peter Sekula has shared a breakdown of a complex Cypress Bark Substance material created in Designer. Everybody needs a tree bark, so create one for your environments.
Time for a complex one. Every environment artist needs a tree bark at some point. Cypress trees are iconic of Italian landscape, so it was fitting to construct one for my Rome: Fantasy Pack I project in Unity and Unreal. It turned out the heightmap came together pretty fast. Getting the albedo to look the way I wanted was the real challenge. Making sure the grey-to-reddish-to-tan transitioning felt right took some time.
My custom nodes, Get Slope and Height Selector, are required for this exercise. Get them here.
The Height Selector isolates pixels in a greyscale heightmap based on their value. Useful for when you want to texture the “tops or bottoms” of a heightmap. The Get Slope node generates a slope texture where black pixels on the resulting greyscale map are considered flat planes and white pixels are considered vertical angles.
Here goes the breakdown from the artist:
Linear Grain is a node I made, but it’s like directional noise. Warp it with a large perlin and a smaller one. This recipe creates a simple wobbly wood grain