"I have obvious texture tiling on my landscapes. It looks good up-close, near the player but then it tiles very noticeably far away..."
I solved my first major landscape obstacle by learning how to hand-sculpt UE4 landscapes entirely in UE4 using the 5-step method I posted here.
But then I encountered another problem I had to solve. How to create landscape materials that look good.
The biggest issues most everyone has with landscapes is obvious TEXTURE TILING. Landscape textures often look good up-close near the player but at further distances the tiling becomes very noticeable.
Just look at this example, textures look pretty good near the player:
But then you look up and see the ugly noticeable texture tiling:
Anytime you create landscape materials you WILL have to deal with this consistent landscape texture tiling issue.
There are a couple of techniques you will need to implement to reduce this tiling. One of these technique you are about to learn is called "Macro Texture Variation Technique".
The way this technique works is you use a tileable texture with some light to dark variations. You use this texture 3 times with different tiling for each. All textures are then blended together with your landscape texture.
Before - here is a landscape texture by itself:
After - here is the landscape texture after Macro Texture Variation applied:
You see it makes a big difference. It introduced some color variety and it looks more natural.
I love using this technique.
Watch the video below to see how this is done and use it for your own landscapes.
See the complete Material Editor setup below:
You can combine this setup with any landscape material by using Multiply node. Watch the video below to see how this is done as well as how to create a Material Funciton for the Macro/Micro variation.
I reference 2 tutorials in the video, here are the links to them:
Macro Texture Variation Technique is great and could be used by itself. But it is probably best when used alongside with another technique called Distance Tiling.
Distance Tiling Technique is the ability to set up one texture to tile at different sizes based on player's distance. So you can have one tiling scale near the player and it will automatically switch to larger tiling at further distances away from the player. This will almost completely eliminate any noticeable texture tiling on your landscape.
I explain how to setup and use Distance Tiling Technique in the "UE4 Fundamentals Vol.2: Landscape Essentials" tutorial course.
I hope you liked this technique and begin using it.
Learn how to create landscape materials and how to do landscape distance tiling technique in the second module of "UE4 Fundamentals Vol.2: Landscape Essentials".
Before and After using #UE4 Macro Variation Technique— WorldofLevelDesign (@GameLevelDesign) January 30, 2020
A great way to remove noticeable texture tiling across your landscapes
I would also combine this with Distance Tiling setup for maximum impact pic.twitter.com/mN8UdDwsnx
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