Adding a Billowy noise node

This node creates a terrain using a Billowy noise generator. It is a standard modification of a Perlin noise generator node where each level of detail is transformed using the absolute value function. It creates slightly different patterns that are useful when creating creases and hills.

To add a Billowy noise node, right click in the Graph Editor and select Create Node  > Terrain Transformation  > Billowy noise.

Double click on the node to open its parameters:

Changing the terrain size

  • To change the terrain size, edit the Width and Height fields in number of vertices.
  • To change the quad size, edit the Quad size field in meters.

Changing the horizontal scale of the noise

The Scale parameter determines the horizontal scale of the noise. A smaller coefficient gives a higher density of "bumps"; a larger coefficient gives a lower density of bumps.

Use the slider to set the horizontal scale of the terrain.

In the example below, the scale is decreased and the terrain has more bumps.

Changing the vertical scale of the heights

The Height parameter sets the vertical scale of the heights. Use the slider to set the terrain height.

A smaller coefficient decreases range of the height of the vertices. A larger coefficient increases range of the height of the vertices, as shown in the example below.

Changing the terrain details

Use the sliders to change the parameters:

  • Number of levels: The default number of levels of detail is 8. Each level has double the frequency of the previous level. In the example below, the number of levels is reduced from 8 to 4.
  • Attenuation: This corresponds to the attenuation of a level of detail against the previous one. If this value is low, the high-frequency levels of detail dominate and generate a high-frequency noise. If this value is high, the high-frequency levels of detail are less visible, as shown in the example below.

Translating the terrain

This parameter pans the terrain in the X and Y axes.

Enter a value in the X ands Y fields or use the arrow keys to pan horizontally and vertically.

Setting the noise generation seed

This parameter sets the value of the noise generation seed. Changing the seed value, even very slightly, completely changes the terrain shape.

Do one of the following:

  • Enter a value in the Seed field.
  • Click Generate to randomly generates a new seed.

Rotating the terrain

Use the slider to rotate the terrain from -180 to 180 degrees.

The example below shows the terrain rotated 180 degrees:

Setting the computation mode

Use the radio button to chose the underlying algorithm.

  • Squared noise corresponds to the legacy implementation (a value noise with a linear interpolation between lattice points).
  • Smooth noise corresponds to a more robust gradient noise. Nearly as fast as the squared noise, it produces smoother terrains without alignments or visual discontinuities. The difference is especially important when using few levels of details.

Parameters

Parameter Use
Terrain size See "Part common to all generator nodes"
Scale Determines the horizontal scale of the noise.
More this coefficient is small, the higher the density of "bumps"
Height Sets the vertical scale of the heights.
More this coefficient is large, the greater the height of the vertices range
Details  
Number of levels This corresponds to the number of levels of detail. Each level has a frequency twice as much as the previous one.
Attenuation This corresponds to the attenuation of a level of detail against the previous one. If this value is low, the high-frequency levels of detail dominate and generate a high-frequency noise.
If this value is high, the high-frequency levels of detail are less visible.
Translation  
X, Y Determines the translation values of the terrain
Pans the terrain in X and in Y
Seed Initial value of the noise generation seed.
Changing the value of the seed (even very slightly) completely changes the terrain shape
Value Edits the value of the seed
Generate Randomly generates a new seed
Rotation Rotates the terrain from -180 to 180 degrees
Computation mode Changes the algorithm to use either a squared noise or a smooth noise

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