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A special series of Blended Backgrounds for use with my
North American Forest Type Wide Cover Splines

 

These Blended Backgrounds are TRS2004 compliant.

 

They are available at the TRS Down Load Station

 
The 'Blended Background' is a technique that I developed
 for the Tall Trees and Boardwalk RR.
It produces a look that 'fools the eye' into believing
 that 'there is more there, there than is, there'!  
The blended background works well because
 the 2 D background image is composed of the same 3D
 elements as those that will be used in the foreground.

 

There are two backgrounds in each set.
Small, which is 200 meters wide, for use in the distance
Large, which is 400 meters wide, for use 'close up'.
The Large background is twice as wide AND twice as tall as the small background.

 
Further down the page is a tutorial on using these Blended Backgrounds
 

 
Aspen - Birch
 
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Douglas Fir
 
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Eastern Spruce and Fir
 
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Elm - Ash
 
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Hemlock - Sitka Spruce
 
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Larch
 
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Loblolly Pine - Shortleaf Pine
 
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Lodgepole Pine
 
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Longleaf Pine - Slash Pine
 
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Maple - Beech - Birch
 
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Oak - Gum - Cypress
 
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Oak - Hickory
 
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Oak - Pine
 
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Ponderosa Pine
 
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Redwood
 
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Western Firs - Spruce
 
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Western Hardwood
 
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Western White Pine
 
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White Pine - Red Pine - Jack Pine
 
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Tall Trees & Boardwalk RR
 
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Tutorial on using my Blended Backgrounds
   My Blended Backgrounds should be used with my
US Forest Type Wide Cover Splines, available at the TRS Down Load Station .

In the Config.txt file of each background is a list of my trees that were used to make the

Wide Cover Splines and Blended Backgrounds.

These individual trees can be used in addition to the splines to blend the background.

It must be remembered that different settings, particularly Good Weather Fog and Gamma

will affect the colors of the backgrounds, as a result, some tweaking

 in a paint program my be need to adjust colors for your individual settings.

 

I used the TTBWRR route as my example in this tutorial.

 

If you are proficient with, or even moderate familiarity with a paint program and gmax,

follow this link to a tutorial that will show you how to build your own Blended Background.

 

I begin by placing the background pieces where I want them. Since they are TRS compliant, I can adjustable their height. When the backgrounds are lowered into a hill they give the impression of the forest receding behind the hill, as on the left of this image.

 Next, because I used the built in British textures to build the backgrounds in this series, I use the built in British ground textures to blend the base of the Background with the terrain.

Once the background is in place you need to blend it with the foreground. Here, in the foreground, I've added three runs of the same tree spline as I used to make the  Background.

In this tutorial I am using the TTBWRR Background so I use the Pacific Forest 40 meter splines which are the splines I used to build the background.

Again, using the same ground textures, I paint under the trees to complete the process.

AND

You have screened the 'end of the world' quite effectively!

Experiment, Experiment, and Experiment some more! You'll get good at it and improve your route.

Here's how it looks in use on the TTBWRR.
Here's are some 'with and without' screens shots on the TTBWRR route.
 An enlargement of this image is at the bottom of the page.
 
 

Below is a good example of the Blended Background

used to mask a corner on  the TTBWRR route.

And here are more Screen Shots of this technique on my TTBWRR route.