Yellowstone Heightmaps

Mathew81 - Textures - Mar 20, 2023

162 real-world heightmaps from Yellowstone National Park

  • Supported Platforms
  • Supported Engine Versions
    5.1 - 5.4
  • Download Type
    Asset Pack
    This product contains an assortment of Unreal Engine assets which can be imported into a pre-existing project of your choice.

Check this VIDEO to see what you can achieve with the heightmaps from Yellowstone National Park (the landscape auto material is not included in this pack. The landscape auto-material can be downloaded here)

All my REAL-WORLD heightmaps/terrains, including this one, are UNIQUE on Unreal Engine Marketplace because:

  1. I use real-world data with the best possible resolution (most of the cases 1 meter horizontal precision and about 30 cm vertical precision). Resolutions higher than this are not possible because of the current technological limits.
  2. I am the only one who's real-world heightmaps PRESERVE the real-world SCALE
  3. My real-world heightmaps are not procedurally generated in some kind of software like World Machine or Gaea where a heightmap can be generated in minutes. Instead, I use pretty complex manual methods to transform the High Resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM) into heightmaps which are in the end perfect copies of real terrains/landscapes. Because of this, creating a single real-world heightmaps can take up to 3 hours.
  4. My real-world heightmaps are the only heightmaps from UE Marketplace which simultaneously respect all the above statements.

This pack contains 162 real-world heightmaps from Yellowstone National Park (USA) at 4k and 8k resolution. If you are planning to recreate in Unreal Engine 5 real landscapes from Yellowstone or if You simply want to create a very realistic and high quality landscape, this pack is exactly what you need. Using this pack you will be able to create 58 landscapes at 8k resolution and 64 square km each and and 104 landscapes at 4k resolution and 16 square km each.

This pack is perfect for any type of game which requires realistic and high quality outdoor environments and because some of the heightmaps are pretty big, they can be used to create open world games.

The pack comes with 3 Example Levels (2 levels are 64 square km and 1 level is 16 square km)

The heightmaps are created from DEMs (Digital Elevation Models with 1 meter horizontal precision) so they are as accurate as you can get. They are not just realistic, they are perfect copies of reality so the heightmaps contains rivers, lakes, roads, footpaths. The heightmaps are perfect for games, movies, architectural visualization or any other project which requires ultra realistic outdoor environments.

Step By Step instructions of how to integrate the heightmaps into your level:

1. Install the FREE plugins: "ILIAD"

2. Select in the Content Browser the PNG heightmap you want to use in your project as a landscape

3. Right click on the selected PNG texture (heightmap) and select Asset Actions - Export

4. Save the PNG heightmap to your hard disk (keep the same PNG format)

5. Open the map you want to import the heightmap into and select Landscape Mode

6. Choose option Import from file and select the previously exported PNG file

7. In order to keep the exact proportions of the real landscape, in the name of every heightmap you can find the X, Y and Z scales for that heightmap. For example, in the filename T_Yellowstone_124_XY_100_Z_55 , the X and Y scale is 100 and Z scale is 55. So type the correct XYZ scales and then press Import to import the heightmap into your level.

8. Done! In a few seconds you should see the landscape...

Technical Details

Features: (Please include a full, comprehensive list of the features of the product)

  •  162 Real-World PNG Grayscale Heightmaps from Yellowstone National Park, USA
  •  3 Demo Maps (one is 16 square km, the other two are 64 square km each)
  • Perfect for Open-World photorealistic projects

Texture Resolutions: (complete list)

  •  4033 X 4033 - 104 textures
  • 8129 X 8129 - 58 textures

Number of Textures: 162

Supported Development Platforms:

Windows: Yes

Mac: Not Tested

Documentation: Please check the description

Important/Additional Notes: If you want to create perfect copies of the real world landscapes, it is important to use the correct XYZ scales as explained above (Step 7).

If you like this pack, feel free to write a review and rate it. This will keep me motivated to create better and better assets. Thank you!