Making it Snow with Forest Pack

iToo 2018-01-26 10:00 tutorial  > 3ds MAX  > misc

In this special seasonal instalment of our regular tips and tricks episodes, we're going to look at a rather unusual use for Forest Pack - adding snow to trees.

It might not be the obvious choice of plugin for this task - after all snow normally forms a continuous blanket-like mesh, and Forest Pack scatters hundreds of thousands of individual objects - but when coupled with a MetaBalls plugin, Forest Pack can be used to add a covering of snow to high polygon objects really quickly.

In this tutorial we'll examine two techniques for adding realistic snow to a tree, starting with covering only the branches that are visible to the sky and not occluded by one another. We'll then build upon these foundations to add a denser coating of snow by covering all the tree's upwards facing polygons. Finally we'll use our new snow covered tree assets to populate the small environment shown above.


Author: iToo Editor: Michał Franczak
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