Manage Mode

In Manage mode, you can create new Landscapes, and you can use the component tools to modify an existing Landscape's components. You can also select components and modify their properties in the Level Editor's Details panel.

For information about creating Landscapes, see Creating Landscapes .

Landscape Manage Mode also works in the VR Editor. For the controls for using Landscape in VR, see the VR Editor Controls .

Landscape Selection

In the Landscape tool, in any mode, you can select which Landscape you want to modify from a list of all the Landscapes currently in your level.

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To select a Landscape:

  • In the Landscape tool, in the Landscape Editor section, click the Landscape drop-down box to display a list of all Landscapes currently in the map.

  • Choose the Landscape you want to edit.

Selecting a Landscape from the list makes that the active Landscape. All subsequent editing will then be applied to that Landscape.

Components

Components are the building blocks of Landscapes. You can work with them with Component tools, and you can also adjust their properties individually in the Level Editor's Details panel.

Component Tools

The tools described below act on the component level of the current Landscape.

Selection

Landscape Selection

The Selection tool selects Landscape components, one at a time, for subsequent use with other tools, such as moving the components to streaming levels and deleting components.

Control Operation
Left Mouse Button click Toggles the selection of the component.
Shift + Left Mouse Button click De-Selects components.

The selection cursor is always limited to one component:

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When components have been selected, they become shaded red:

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Option Description
Clear Component Selection Clears the current selected component(s).

Add

Add Component

The Add tool creates new components for the current Landscape, one at a time.

Control Operation
Left Mouse Button click Adds a new component.

When the Add Landscape Component tool is active, the cursor shows a green wireframe where new components can be added:

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Using the tool adds a new component where the cursor is located:

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Delete

Delete Component

The Delete tool deletes selected components.

Control Operation
Left Mouse Button click Deletes selected components selected by the Selection tool. If no components are currently selected, deletes the component highlighted by moving the mouse cursor over it.

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Using the tool removes the selected components:

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If you want more control over what areas of your Landscape the player can get through. Check out the Landscape Hole Material .

Move Level

Move Level

This tool moves the selected components, via using the Selection tool, to the current streaming level. This makes it possible to move sections of a Landscape into a streaming level so that they will be streamed in and out with that level, optimizing the performance of the Landscape.

When the streaming level is visible, the Landscape renders all the components:

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You can toggle the visibility of the level by clicking the eye icon (Level Window Eye Icon) for that level in the Levels window (accessible on the Level Editor's Window menu). Doing so causes the components in that level to no longer be rendered:

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Change Component Size

Change Component Size

The Change Component Size Landscape tool allows you to change the size of the entire Landscape. Keep in mind that this does not work on individual components but on the entire Landscape as a whole. With this tool you can change the size of the Landscape components and adjust how many sections each component has in the Change Component Size section.

Component Size

Option Description
Section Size Use the drop-down box to select the number of quads you want in your Landscape's sections.
Sections Per Component Use the drop-down box to specify whether you want your Landscape to contain 1x1 or 2x2 sections per component.
Resize Mode Specify whether, when you apply your resizing changes, you want to Expand (enlarge) or Clip (shrink) the Landscape.

After you have set your resizing options, click Apply to apply them.

Edit Splines

Edit Splines

Landscape Splines are a flexible system for creating any linear feature that needs to conform to a Landscape, and can even push and pull the terrain to better facilitate building these features. They are created and edited using the spline tool in the Landscape tool.

For information about how to create and modify spline curves, see Landscape Splines .

Component Properties

You can set the properties of components, including LODs and component-specific Materials, in the Level Editor's Details panel.

Component LODs

You can set LODs for selected component, which means an individual component can have its own LOD settings.

To set LODs for selected component:

  1. Select the components whose LODs you want to set. For information about selecting components, see Selection .

  2. In the Level Editor's Details panel, under Landscape Component, change the Forced LOD and LODBias settings to what you want them to be.

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Component Material Overrides

You can set a Material Override for selected components, which means that an individual component can have a different Material assigned to it than its Landscape does.

To set a Material Override for selected components:

  1. Select the components that you want to use a different Material for. For information about selecting components, see Selection .

  2. In the Content Browser, find and select the Material you want to use.

  3. In the Level Editor's Details panel, under Landscape Component, click the Assign arrow icon (Assign) to assign that Material to the selected components.

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