Tutorial – The Drag Mode (Making a Crater)

The drag tool was a mode that I only found fairly recently. Most of my earlier terraformed parks were made without use of this mode. I am going to introduce it to you in this post.

Terraforming can get messy. When raising the ground or lowering it many times the ground moves quicker than you intended. The ground takes on a mind of its own and you are left with a mess.

The Drag Mode is here.

As its name suggests, the tool lets you adjust the ground by dragging it. You can drag the ground up and down getting it to the perfect point before releasing the mouse. No more uncontrollable terraforming!
The tool can be found under the button labelled ’1′ called Terrain Editing Mode.

Where to find the drag tool

Where to find the drag mode

With it selected, you can select a tool (such as raise terrain or lower it). In this example I am going to select a ‘crater’. Now just hold down the mouse button and move your mouse up/down and note how the ground moves accordingly.

Some craters.

Some craters.

In the screenshot (right) I have made a series of craters. In my opinion this mode works well for craters since the crater tool seems to get messy quickly.

I have filled the inside of the crater with mud and the base of the crater with tarmac.

This tool works well for any form of raising or lowering the terrain (however, doesn’t work too well with the tools that smooth the terrain).