Jump to content
Gunter Severloh

Arma3 Map/Terrain Building Guides & Tutorials Compilation

Recommended Posts

Map/Terrain Building Guides & Tutorials Compilation

Last Updated:  September 6th, 2021

This is a massive collection of guides and tutorials for building and creating maps and terrains for Arma3.

There may still be some guides or tutorials out there that are not on the list, list will be updated as new

guides and tutorials are found and or created.

    The list has only been sorted in alphabetical order and not by subject or category also

there is no numerical order to the list, the numbers to the left of each listing is only there

as an associative reference.

====================================

Map/Terrain Building Guides & Tutorials

  1. Arma3:terrain [PMC Editing Wiki]
  2. Arma3:terrain:ultimate-terrain-tutorial [PMC Editing Wiki]
  3. ArmaDocs Terrain Documentation
  4. ArmA 3 Setup P: Drive

  5. [Resources] How to make a Terrain
  6. 3-ls_normal_specular_mapping_tutorial.pdf
  7. Adanteh's Real World Data Downloader
  8. Adanteh's Script Pack
  9. Arma 3 Object Picture Library
  10. Arma 3 object placement guide
  11. Arma 3 Parallax Map
  12. Blud's Terrainmaking DOs and DO NOTs
  13. Bushlurker website - Terrain creation
  14. Bushlurker´s Tutorial - Source Files & Beginners Guide
  15. Bushlurker's - Terrain Beginner's Guide
  16. GitHub KK's blog – ArmA Scripting Tutorials: How To Export Topography
  17. Mask tiel Color Calculator
  18. Merge to 1 x 1 Tiles bat
  19. Mondkalb's Terrain Tutorial
  20. Pennyworth's mapframe guide
  21. Pennyworth's guide to fixing missing clutter
  22. Pennyworth's MaskColorChecker
  23. Pennyworth's How the Mask, Clutter, and CfgSurfaces work
  24. QGIS Game terrain tools
  25. QGIS Real World Data Tutorial
  26. Rossoe/Arma3_QGIS Wiki
  27. SFlora - generate vegetation by mask
  28. Snakeman's Template Library
  29. Settings to use for L3DT to TB - pic  Mirror pic
  30. Terrain Processor: Tutorial
  31. Terrain Processor Manual
  32. Terrain Starter Kit
  33. The Atlas: Guide to ArmA 3 Terrain Making
  34. Tutorial: Making roads in Terrain builder
  35. Using inbuilt 3D-Editor for map making
  36. ZGM Map making tutorial
  37. ZGM Visitor Objects for ArmA 3 BETA

In game Object placement

  1. Plopper
  2. ObjectPlacementTBH
  3. [E2TB] Export to Terrain Builder (Fixes broken export from eden \ x-cam)

To get "all" objects ingame, other useful tools and utils: 

  1. Arma3 Containers And Decorations
  2. CUP version of CAD
  3. CUP Compositions
  4. Eden Extended Objects
  5. 3den Enhanced
  6. 3DEN Create as Simple Object
  7. Tanoa Bridges
  8. Terra's 3den
  9. Zeus and Eden Interiors
  10. Zeus and Eden Templates / Building Compositions

Maps & Terrain Tools

Spoiler
  1. A3_ApplyEnochWorldSetupToVanillaA3Terrains - Applies Enoch world configuration (mainly terrain lighting, water surfaces, environment sounds) to vanilla terrains (Stratis, Altis, Malden, Tanoa) and all community terrains inheriting from those.
  2. Arma 3 Non Editor Objects - a small mod that aims to add "hidden" objects to the 3DEN Editor for mission makers and terrain builders to make use of them.
  3. A3_ShowEnochObjects - Makes all street signs from Enoch available in the Editor. This also enables the street signs for X-Cam, MapBuilder and ObjectPlacement TBH.
  4. A3_ShowEnochVegetation - Makes all vegetation (clutter, bushes, trees) from Enoch available in the Editor.
  5. Bludclot's Buldozer Cursors - high precision cursor models that will let you place and manipulate the smallest of objects, Runway lights and similar.
  6. BLandscapeTools
  7. Enoch vegetation/street signs for Eden/X-Cam/MapBuilder/ObjectPlacementTBH - Makes all vegetation (clutter, bushes, trees)/street signs and furniture from the upcoming Enoch update available in the Editor.
  8. Edaly Tools Template - Tools for '' Terrain Makers '' allow the addition of inaccessible object in 3DenEditor to diversify the mapping and facilitate the export in TerrainBuilder.
  9. [E2TB] Export To Terrain Builder - a small module for Arma 3 that allows you to export data to Terrain Builder in .lbt file format.
  10. Map Builder - Ingame 3D-Editor for terrain creation.
  11. ObjectPlacementTBH - It's a mod you place objects with for terrains. It uses TerrainBuilder template files, to keep problems with importing objects in TB to a minimum and have a solid reliable dataset. It also allows to do surface mask painting
  12. Plopper - This is a mod used to place objects on A3 Terrains.
  13. SFlora - Tools - Generate a vegetation by mask.
  14. Silent Map Converter - A simple tool I wrote with python 2.7.9 that will convert SQM files into working SQF code.
  15. Surface Painter - a simple toolbox to help map makers in specific tasks. It allows you to create your own modules using the interface, controls and other features like the Object Pool.
  16. QGIS Game terrain tools - allows you to download satmap, heightmap, roads and create a surface mask either through OSM shapes or OrfeoToolbox using magical machine learning algorithms.
  17. Visitor3/World Tools Object Export to Terrainbuilder - This tool simply converts the object exports from Visitor3 and World Tools to a file format that can be imported into Terrain Builder.
  18. X-Cam - an InGame 3D object placement tool with many different functions. All these functions make it much easier to place objects on any terrain.
  19. XNormal™ is a free app to bake texture maps.
  20. ZGM Arma 3 Terrain Editing Suite - Arma 3 edition of my ZGM comprehensive ArmA 2 object library. It serves as a kind of interface between Visitor 3, ARMA 3 In-Game 3D Editor and Shezan74’s World Tools.

Arma2 Terrain creation

  1. ArmA 2 Island Creation & Configuration
  2. ArmA 2 Terrain Tutorial

Credits

To those who have come, and gone and are still here for which these resources have been created

i give you props, I hope my list here will save you alot of time in searching. Cheers!

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 2
  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would perhaps sort it with PMC on top as its the most latest guide. 

 

From experience people will just click on the first link which right now contains pretty much invalid way of setting up the tools.

Also it might be good idea to separate A2 and A3 stuff to avoid confusion 

Lot of visitor 3 stuff there too which is also obsolete now.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the suggestions, adjusted accordingly, anything else let me know and anything not on the list let me know and i'll add it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

THE correct way to setup a P drive for terrain making is this https://pmc.editing.wiki/doku.php?id=arma3:tools:setup-p-drive

Maybe just remove the whole [HowTo] Work Drive Setup + Bulldozer, as that causes nothing but issues...

 

Pennyworth's mapframe guide https://github.com/pennyworth12345/A3_MMSI/wiki/Mapframe-Information

Pennyworth's guide to fixing missing clutter https://github.com/pennyworth12345/A3_MMSI/wiki/Troubleshooting-common-clutter-issues

Pennyworth's MaskColorChecker https://github.com/pennyworth12345/MaskColorChecker

Pennyworth's How the Mask, Clutter, and CfgSurfaces work https://github.com/pennyworth12345/A3_MMSI/wiki/How-the-Mask,-Clutter,-and-CfgSurfaces-work-together

Adanteh's Real World Data Downloader https://gitlab.com/Adanteh/qgis-game-terrains/-/wikis/home

Adanteh's Script Pack https://github.com/Adanteh/arma_terrain_utils

Arma 3 Object Picture Library https://arma3library.gitlab.io/

SFlora - generate vegetation by mask https://forums.bohemia.net/forums/topic/202985-sflora-generate-a-vegetation-by-mask/

Snakeman's Template Library https://github.com/SnakeManPMC/arma-3-terrain-builder-TemplateLibs

Settings to use for L3DT to TB https://i.imgur.com/nJsdqzG.png Mirror https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/105463116002816000/698530452805255268/L3DT_2_TB_V2.png

 

In game Object placement

Plopper https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1687651646

ObjectPlacementTBH https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=1242712395

[E2TB] Export to Terrain Builder (Fixes broken export from eden \ x-cam) https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1174073713

 

Next bit is copied from kju's pinned messages on Discord,

kju 30/05/2018

To get "all" objects ingame, other useful tools and utils:

Eden Extended Objects https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=882231372

Arma3 Containers And Decorations https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=689845793

CUP version of CAD https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=694532727

3den Enhanced https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=623475643

Zeus and Eden Interiors https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1251859358

Zeus and Eden Templates / Building Compositions https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=642912021

CUP Compositions https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=783712164

Tanoa Bridges https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1199850502

Bonus:

3DEN Create as Simple Object https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=694171151

Terra's 3den https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1387934106

 

That's all I can think of for the moment

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Update

Added the following:

  • Pmc drive setup

  • Pennyworth's mapframe guide

  • Pennyworth's guide to fixing missing clutter

  • Pennyworth's MaskColorChecker

  • Pennyworth's How the Mask, Clutter, and CfgSurfaces work

  • Adanteh's Real World Data Downloader

  • Adanteh's Script Pack

  • Arma 3 Object Picture Library

  • SFlora - generate vegetation by mask

  • Snakeman's Template Library

  • Settings to use for L3DT to TB  pics

  • Plopper
  • ObjectPlacementTBH
  • [E2TB] Export to Terrain Builder (Fixes broken export from eden \ x-cam)
  • Eden Extended Objects
  • Arma3 Containers And Decorations
  • CUP version of CAD
  • 3den Enhanced
  • Zeus and Eden Interiors
  • Zeus and Eden Templates / Building Compositions
  • CUP Compositions
  • Tanoa Bridges
  • 3DEN Create as Simple Object
  • Terra's 3den

===========

  • Also added all the tools and utilities from my Tools & utilities Compilation list for Map & Terrain Tools.
  • Numbered all the listings for better location and referencing.
  • Removed - [HowTo] Work Drive Setup + Bulldozer from the list.

Thanks for your feedback ROF!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info. Your tops as usual. Boy that really looks intimidating! lol

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Mikey, Theres alot more lists i have where that came from, keep an eye out for them, coming soon! 😉

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What are you asking?

If its something specifically related to editing terrains or you having an issue with or dont know how to do something then

best ask in the forum section itself https://forums.bohemia.net/forums/forum/164-arma-3-terrain-builder/

       The thread here is just a compilation list of all the tutorials and guides for Terrain building, not really a thread to ask questions

in terms of how to do something while working on a terrain.

 

edit... seems a post before mine was asking for or about something that didn't belong

and was removed by the moderators.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

wow you have the best collections of tutorials.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Gmate said:

wow you have the best collections of tutorials.

Thank you, see my Masterlist if you haven't already.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

UPDATE

A small update to the list:

  • Added - ArmaDocs Terrain Documentation
  • Added - Bushlurker's - Terrain Beginner's Guide - (direct link from his site, should have done this originally)
  • Fixed - The Atlas: Guide to ArmA 3 Terrain Making - (replaced the link as it was originally linked to Armaholic)
  • Removed - Linker Split's Mapping tutorial - ( linked to ArmedAssault.info which the site is down, unable to find another source)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now

×