CSci 120 - Lecture 30

Multimedia Design

© Morris Firebaugh

I. Introduction

A. Tools for Creating Natural Landscapes
B. Bryce 4 by MetaCreations
C. Gallery of Bryce Images
D. Steps in Creating a Natural Landscape

II. Tools for Creating Natural Landscapes

The theory underlying Natural Landscapes involves

III. Bryce 4 by MetaCreations

A powerful system for rendering natural scenes isMetacreation's Bryce 4 by Corel

Sky Lab




Build more realistic textures with improved texture and image mapping
Use built-in gamma correction and 48-bit dithering for cleaner, sharper

Control fall-off for greater accuracy of light behavior
Add "self-shadowing" to objects with new material shading mode
Launch PhotoShop plug-ins to enhance/edit your 2D-image map textures


Import (3D):


Animation Export:

Export (Textured Terrain Objects):


Bryce can even generate Movies:

IV. Gallery of Bryce Images

One of the best Bryce Artists is Martin Murphy of Canada, who says:

Look at these examples of his work:


Piano and Papers.JPG

ReachingThe Summit.JPG

Skeleton Tomb.JPG

The Drifter.jpg

V. Steps in Creating a Natural Landscape

Here is your instructor's first Bryce Landscape

How was this created?

1. Open Bryce 4.

2. Select and drag fractal Terrain, Sea, and Sky to construction scene

3. Add objects Rock and Tank

4. Under FILE menu, select RENDER and sit back and watch successive passes.

5. Seven million rays later the image shown above is produced.

Updated November 27, 2000