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Italy and Finland Heightmaps

Mathew81 - Textures - Dec 17, 2021

151 PNG Greyscale real world heightmaps, to create realistic landscapes from Italy and Finland

  • Supported Platforms
  • Supported Engine Versions
    4.21 - 4.27, 5.0
  • Download Type
    Asset Pack
    This product contains an assortment of Unreal Engine assets which can be imported into a pre-existing project of your choice.

TRAILER (landscape material from this trailer is not included in this pack)

This pack contains 151 real world PNG heightmaps (82 from Finland and 69 from Italy - South Tyrol). Finland is well known for its low altitude landscapes, many beautiful lakes, while the Italian region South Tyrol is one of the most beautiful mountains region from Italy. The heightmaps have a 2017 x 2017 resolution (recommended by Epic) and they are created from Digital Elevation Models with 2 meters and 2.5 meters precision. The Italian landscapes generated with the heightmaps from this pack will have a surface area of about 72 square Km and the Finland landscapes will have a surface area of about 36 square km. This pack is for everyone who wants to create beautiful and realistic mountains/lakes/plains landscapes in Unreal Engine. The heightmaps can be used for games, cinematics, movies etc.

IMPORTANT: The FREE plugin Export to PNG has not been updated yet to UE5 so you will not be able to export the heightmaps from UE5 with it. So for the moment, if you want to use the plugin Export PNG, you need to use any of the versions 4.21 - 4.27 to export the heightmaps and once exported, you can reimport them in any UE5 projects and everything works as it should. If you don't want to use the plugin Export to PNG, you can use the FREE plugin ILIAD, which works without any problem on UE5 and can also be found on Unreal Marketplace.

Step By Step instructions of how to integrate the heightmaps into your level:

1. Install one of the FREE plugins: "Export PNG" or "ILIAD"

2. Select in the Content Browser the PNG heightmap you want to use in your project

3. Right click on the selected PNG texture (heightmap) and select Asset Actions - Export

4. Save the PNG heightmap to your hard disk (keep the same PNG format)

5. Open the map you want to import the heightmap into and select Landscape Mode

6. Choose option Import from file and select the previously exported PNG file

7. In order to keep the exact proportions of the real landscape, in the name of every heightmap you can find the X, Y and Z scales for that heightmap. For example, in the filename Italy1_XY_434_Z_461 , the X and Y scale is 434 and Z scale is 461. So type the correct XYZ scales and then press Import to import the heightmap into your level.

8. Done! In a few seconds you should see the landscape...

This pack contains 4 Demo Maps.

If you prefer procedurally generated heightmaps instead of real world heightmaps, check my other packs HERE

Technical Details

Features: (Please include a full, comprehensive list of the features of the product)

  •   151 Real-World PNG Heightmaps from Italy (South Tyrol region) and Finland
  •  4 demo maps

Texture Resolutions: (complete list)

  •  2017 x 2017 (151 textures)

Number of Unique Materials and Material Instances: 0

Number of Textures: 151

Texture Resolutions: (Please list all various texture resolutions): 2017 x 2017

Supported Development Platforms:

Windows: Yes

Mac: I don't have a Mac to test it

Documentation: Please check the description

Important/Additional Notes: If you want to create perfect copies of the real world landscapes, it is important to use the correct XYZ scales as explained above (Step 7). In the Demo levels, you might get some warnings generated by the fact that lighting is not built. If you want to get rid of them, you could add a Lightmass Importance Volume and build the lighting but since the landscapes generated by these heightmaps are pretty big, I recommend keeping the lighting movable (both directional light and skylight ). Keeping the lighting fully dynamic, it is always best for large environments....