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Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:24:18 am »
===== Vortex's Map Making Guide =====
Note: This is just my way of making maps. There are many other ways!



--- First Time Creation ---

> Open the Map Maker.
> The "Map Name" text field is the name used by the game to save & load your map: type something similar to "yourmapname" in this, keep it simple and try not to use symbols or spaces.
> The "Map Display Name" text field is the name the game uses to tell people what map they are in: You can literally type "Whatever Name You Want!!" into it and everything will work just fine without interfering with anything.
> Click the Save button.
> Close the game.
> DONE!
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--- Making the Heightmap & Mask ---

Warning/Note: This is the hardest part of the creation process for me to explain...
Note: For this you will need a paint program similar to GIMP; I will explain this part as if using GIMP!!!
<The Terrain>
> Open GIMP.
> Click "File > New".
> Change "Width" to be 513.
> Change "Height" to be 513.
> Make sure it is set to "pixels".
> Click on "Advanced Options".
> Change "Color Space" to "Grayscale".
> Change "Fill With" to "Foreground color".
> Click OK! You should now have a Black, 513x513 image.
> In the "Toolbox" on the left, click on your primary color(The black.) and change it using ONLY the "Value" slider!
Note: [0,0,0]Black=Floor and [255,255,255]White=cieling/roof of the map.
Warning: Do not use [255,255,255]White(100 Value) for the terrain! Max Value should be 95!
> You may now paint what you want your Terrain to look like.
> Once done, Click "File > Save as".
> Navigate to FeralHeart > media > terrains > yourmapname.
> Save it as "yourmapnameTerrain" and make sure it is a PNG/JPG by clicking on "Select File Type" at the bottom and choosing the one you want!
> Do NOT close it yet! Go to The Mask now.
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<The Mask>
> Set the Value slider back to 0.
> Click on "Image > Mode > RGB".
> In the Layers box on the right, Right Click and Click "Add Alpha Channel".
> Now Right Click again and Click "New Layer", Just Click OK.
> Make sure the New Layer is selected so that you only paint on it, use it to paint your Mask.
> Now use [255,0,0]RED(Ground), [0,255,0]GREEN(Mountain) and [0,0,255]BLUE(WaterFloor) to paint where you want certain textures to appear.
> Once you have painted your Mask, Click on "Image > Flatten Image".
> Now Click "File > Save as" and save it as "yourmapnameMask.png" in the same place you saved the Terrain.
> Close GIMP.
> DONE!
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<The 2nd Mask> (For 6 Layers/Ground Textures)
> Open your Terrain image.
> Open your Mask image.
> In your Terrain image, Click on "Image > Mode > RGB".
> Copy your Mask image.
> Paste your Mask image into your Terrain image as a New Layer.
> Make sure the Mask layer is the selected layer.
> Now use [255,255,0]YELLOW, [255,0,255]PINK, and [0,255,255]TEAL to paint 3 extra ground texture areas, don't cover 100% of your previous Mask.
> Once you have your 3 extra colors painted in, click on Select and choose "By Color".
> Right click on the Red, Green, and Blue colors and choose "Cut".
> Click "Select > None".
> Is your first Mask image still open? Good.
> In your Mask2 image, click "Select > All".
> Now click "Edit > Copy Visible".
> Paste that into your first Mask image as a New Layer.
> In the "Layers" toolbar of your first Mask image, usually a giant bar on the right of the screen, right click on the new layer and choose "Merge Down".
> Click "Select > By Color".
> Remove the YELLOW, PINK, and TEAL from the first Mask image.
> Save your first Mask image.
> Now, change the remaining colors in your Mask2 to RED(yellow), GREEN(pink), and BLUE(teal).
> Click "File > Save as".
> Save it as "yourmapnameMask2.png".
> Now change ALL the transparency in BOTH of your Masks to [0,0,0]BLACK.
> Save both of your Mask images.
> YOU SHOULD NOW BE ABLE TO SET SIX DIFFERENT LAYERS WITHOUT SUPER GLOW! YAAY!

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--- Making a Sky ---

> Open the Sky Maker.
> In the "File Name" text field, enter a name for your sky similar to "yourskynameSky".
> Click the Save button.
> Find your sky in the list of sky files just below the "Start Test" button.
> Load your sky.
> Edit the options ("Dawn, Day, Dusk, Night, etc") until the sky is how you want it to look.
> Click the Save button; Click OK when it asks to overwrite.
> DONE!
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--- Making Weather ---

<Weather Clip>
> Open the Sky Maker.
> Click on the "Weather" tab.
> In the "File Name" text field, type somthing similar to "yourweathernameWeather".
> Click the Save button.
> Load your Weather.
> Edit the ("Sky Top Color, etc") options.
> In the "Particle" text field, type "Weather/Rain" to get rain.
> In the "Rate" text field, type a number to specify how strong the weather should be.
> Click the Save button.

<Weather Cycle>
> Now in the Sky Maker, click on the "Cycle" tab.
>1 In the "Weather" box, find which weather you want to use and click on it.
>2 In the "Duration" text field, type a number to specify how long it will last. (Max Duration == 7000)
>3 The "Fade In" and "Fade Out" check boxes specify if the Weather should be a "fade in slowly" or "fade out slowly" block of weather.
>4 Click on the "New Weather" button.
> Repeat ">1-4" until you have a Cycle that you like.
> In the "File Name" text field, type something similar to "yourcyclenameCycle".
> Click the Save button.
> DONE!
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--- Map Creation Continued ---

Note: All the previous sections prepare you for this section.
> Open the Map Maker again.
> Load your Map.
> Click on the "World" tab.
> In the "Terrain Height Map" text field, type the name of your Heightmap.
> In the "Terrain Alpha Map" text field, type the name of your Mask.
> In the "Terrain Texture" section, switch between land, mountain and water with the Arrow button and choose a texure for each one in the box with a list of textures.
> In the "Width" text field, type a number to set how large the map will be.
> In the "Height" text field, type a number to set how tall the map will be.
> In the "Boundary" text field, type a number to set how much of an impassable border there should be around the map.
> Use the "Sky" checkbox to set if there should be a sky or not.
> In the "Sky File" and "Weather Cycle File" type the Sky(yourskynameSky) and Cycle(yourcyclenameCycle) file names you made earlier. (If you did.)
> Use the "Ocean" checkbox to toggle the standard water on & off.
> In the "Ocean Height" text field, type a number to set how high/low the water should be.
> Go back to the "Map" tab.
> Find out where you want your entrance portal to be and hover your mouse over the location; Look in the bottom right corner of your screen to see the coordinates.
> In the "Destination Position" Coordinate fields, type the coordinates you saw in the previous step like so: x y+1 z yaw(direction you face when spawning).
> Click the Save button; Click OK.
> DONE!
Note: The basics of your map should now be set up, the rest is placing objects all over the place and saving again to make the map complete.
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Border is supposed to be Boundary. xD



http://www.mediafire.com/file/x1tdqy0mudcnnkr/TestHeightmap.png
For those of you that would like the Height-map to already be set up to get you started, feel free to use/edit/modify it. ^.^

Let me know what you think of this and if you think anything should be added/changed! :D
« Last Edit: July 17, 2019, 11:43:57 am by VortexAlive »
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Re: Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 01:10:26 am »
Oh lookie you, back at it again with the helpfulness :>

This is a lovely tutorial that you have set up here ^^ So simple and the images are pretty straightforward as well. o:

Something to add thought when making the terrain part of le map, there shouldn't be ANY white spaces. There can be colours similar but it can't be flat out white ( for those that wish for their maps to have a border ). The map won't work and I think it causes the game to crash. ( I had to learn this the hard way when I couldn't understand why my game kept crashing. Lol.

Other than that, this is nicely done c:

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Re: Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 01:41:53 am »
Thank you, Hakumi, for spotting that little mistake! I have added a warning there since having max Value for the Terrain would also mean the Terrain would hit the roof of the map and you would not be able to jump at/above that height!
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Re: Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 02:02:31 am »
Thank you, Hakumi, for spotting that little mistake! I have added a warning there since having max Value for the Terrain would also mean the Terrain would hit the roof of the map and you would not be able to jump at/above that height!


Nej problem and good add there o:

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Re: Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2019, 11:46:33 am »
And i know people who've created 6 layers masks.  I'm not entirely sure how though. VortexAlive might  know, he's done it.
Ahh yes, the last 3 tertiary layers:
I went ahead and tested creating a six layer mask to see if I still remembered it.
I have added a <The 2nd Mask> guide in the ---Making the Heightmap & Mask--- section for you all. :D
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Re: Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2019, 07:29:31 pm »
You are a God send. Thank you and I will be taking this tutorial into many mps- muhaha. Excellent work on this Vortex, thank you again~

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Re: Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2020, 03:05:50 pm »
Thank you for this tutorial, Vortex! I'm going to be getting into map making, never really tried it so this'll be a good start and a wonderful tutorial to follow. <3

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Re: Vortex's Map Making Guide (Also Sky & Weather)
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2020, 04:23:39 pm »
Very lovely guide and great for beginners!