Tutorial – Waterfalls

Waterfalls are very common. What’s more beautiful than a waterfall pouring down a mountain side? It’s the perfect backdrop to any ride or park.

I think, most people can make a simple waterfall – however…what I am going to show you is how to create a better one – using a technique and method that not even the makers at Frontier knew you can do…

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Cast your mind back to the  Flattening in Increments tutorial. We are going to use this technique to create the base for the waterfall . Firstly…we want to raise the land in the are we wish the waterfall to be. Use any tool like for this (such as the ridge or hill tool). Now, flatten the top.

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Now we need to create two bodies of water. One at the top and one at the bottom. So, lower the ground at the bottom, and as in the flattening tutorial flatten out your water body. Perhaps make a river?

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It may be wise to reduce the size of the flatten tool for more accuracy.

Now create a body of water at the top of the ground too. Carefully, get the body of water so it is as close to the edge as posible.

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In the image above you can see that the body of water is right up to the edge of the side of the ground.

We have to do the bottom. Again, using the flatten tool, we want to ensure that there is one tile between the top and the bottom. This is the key. One tile between each heights.

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The image above shows my waterfall. There is one tile (highlighted in red) in between the two. Now we just have to add the water!

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I’m going to do a bit of terraforming to mine first. Being careful (and using a small brush) I’m going to roughen up the side of the upper area.

A little bit of tropical terrain painting – and here is the final result. Just added the water and now…the magic button.

Select the waterfall body, click on the upper water body and then the lower and there you have it. A gushing waterfall!

So why is this better than the waterfall I showed at the start?

Three main reasons:

  1. The terrain under the waterfall isn’t flat as in the first image. It has a steep slope – which looks better in my opinion.
  2. You can texture it. You can blend your textures into the 1 tile gap. In the waterfall above you have a choice of what? 6 different textures. In this method you can use all of favourite textures and blending them. You can also use terrain conforming walls and fences!
  3. In the first picture you have a simple waterfall. In our waterfall, after you’ve added your waterfall – reselect the waterfall tool and click the top and then the lower body. Some times you can add two or three more waterfalls to to the same spot. This means your waterfalls look a lot bigger and powerfull. Unforuntatly for me this didn’t work in my example – but in some cases RCT3 will led you add multiple waterfalls.

You should have your beautiful waterfall now.

Here’s another little hint. If you try adjusting the ground around either body of water you will get an error message as shown.

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However, don’t click any button – keep on terraforming and ignore the message. You can still edit the terrain!

So here’s my final waterfall!

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Park Of The Week – Deserted Oasis by Matt9537

Normally I would refrain selecting my own work for picture of the week. However, an exception is going to be made here I think.

A large set of islands stand in the tropical waters.

A large set of islands stand in the tropical waters.

The reason – this park came from a set of backups I made and it’s a park file that was lost. When I opened it, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what the file was about – and boy was I taken aback.

I know I used to run a Terraforming shop many years back. This file was newer. However, I didn’t know why I created it or even remember doing it! It was with about dozen other terraformed parks that – when created were instantly put aside.

They are now on the systems so that they will get some use.

Regrettably, I must confess, the terraforming skills in this park (and the others alongside it) were far superior to my current skills (at least in my opinion). What surprised me more was the size of these parks. Considering a standard RCT3 park is 128×128 – this park was almost double that at 230×230!!

A waterfall pours from a mountain into a river that makes its way to the sea

A waterfall pours from a mountain into a river that makes its way to the sea

The size, the detail and the beauty of the park has inspired me to up my game when it comes to terraforming. This, and the fact I was surprised by own abilities makes this my park of the week.

At 230x230 it's one of the biggest parks you can make on RCT!

At 230×230 it’s one of the biggest parks you can make on RCT!

It’s a large, tropical map with rivers, sets of island, mountains and a waterfall

Park Of The Week – 1 Day Challenge by MarchingEagle1028

Small mountains, small waterfalls witll make your coaster look taller.Small mountains, small waterfalls witll make your coaster look taller.

The landscape that could soon host your ride

I was going to be the European host and judge for MarchingEagles 1 Day Challenge.

When MarchingEagle sent me the park he had made for it, I fell in love with it.

What I enjoyed most from it, was not the amazing terrain painting, it was not the brilliant terraforming but it was the scale.

When I create mountains, they’re big, trying to give the dominating feeling as if you are in a real life mountain range. When I create waterfalls, they’re pouring from great heights – but in MarchingEagles park … he had done the opposite.

That was what was so good.

Small mountains, small waterfalls will make your coaster look taller.

Small mountains, small waterfalls will make your coaster look taller.

His mountains don’t have their peaks in the clouds nor does the waterfall pour from the heavens. He’s created a realistic mountain range and waterfall without the height.

Compared to building on a typical landscape, on this park, rides will stretch far above the mountains making coasters look bigger. With coasters, what? two or three times bigger than the mountains that surround them, that’s going to create an impressive looking ride!

It’s a small park with mountains, river and a waterfall if you want to search for it – or look it up via the author name, MarchingEagle1028.

A close up of the waterfall

A close up of the waterfall