Adding a Skyline

Skylines help your landscape designs look more realistic by surrounding them with scenery.

Add skyline
Check this option to add a skyline.

Skyline picture
Click the picture of the skyline to select a new one.

Adjust the size of the skyline, making it appear closer or farther away.

Rotate the skyline so you can align the desired features with your landscape design.

The following shows a landscape design with and without a skyline.

Without a skyline:


With a skyline:

Adding a Custom Skyline (advanced)

You can create and import your own custom skylines using the following steps.

1.   Using Photoshop (or similar paint software), create two images, each 8192x2048 pixels in size. The first image will be the main skyline image (which will appear in the skyline only once), and the second will be automatically repeated to surround the entire landscape.

2.   Using your paint software, erase the sky from both images. (The sky should be black in the alpha channel.)

3.   Create an alpha channel with white for areas that are opaque, and black for areas that are transparent (such as the sky).

4.   Save both images in 32-bit TGA format. Name the first image anything you would like, such as "My Custom Skyline.tga". Name the second image the same as the first, except append "_b" to the file name, such as "My Custom Skyline_b.tga". Save the images to the following locations (create the folders as needed):

Image 1: C:\Program Files\Realtime Landscaping version\data\skyline\My Custom Skyline.tga

Image 2: C:\Program Files\Realtime Landscaping version\data\skyline\panels\My Custom Skyline_b.tga

Where the above path is your program installation directory, and version is the version of your software.

5.   Stop and restart Realtime Landscaping.

6.   When browsing for skylines, click All to view your custom skylines.