Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by Vanrithy, Dec 4, 2015.
I'd like to know how to create this kind of 3D map, i.e: like in this island 3d below.
Lots of good options for that. Blender is probably the best as it's open source and well documented.
The photo is definitely shopped.
For the model (and for accurate contouring) you could definitely use GIS software (Q-Gis, Arcmap+Arcscene) which are pro-grade surveying/mapping tools.
Then again if you can live with creating the contours and the 3D part of the map you could use Sketchup, Blender, and 3DSMax.
Start of with grabbing the outline of the island from Google Images or from a GIS resource, then load that in any of those tools I mentioned, and work your way up from there
I'm almost certain the only model in there is the actual island with a diffuse map (texture) and a bump map to make it look like it has bit more depth. Any basic 3D modelling program is able to deal with that stuff, you would just have to scuplt your geometry and then apply the maps to the mesh. Maya - Blender - 3DSMax will all work for this. As for the rest looks like the model was rendered with no background and imported into photoshop along with the post-production stuff.
You can use Sketchup for getting more better results than this one if you are professional and mature in this field. It'll provide you 3D results easily with charming effects.
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