I wanted to talk briefly about a very popular but often unmentioned use of World Machine: Taking low resolution real world DEM files and creating something with more detail suitable for use in art or simulation.
This is one of the areas that I think could definitely use a tutorial! For an example of the power of the transformation, here’s a quick look at a before and after of a low-resolution DEM of an area of Washington state in the USA:
Click on the above to blow it up. Specifically, note how we’ve carefully added artificial detail that complements the quite coarse real-world data we have to work with. Hopefully I will get a chance to make a walkthrough soon.. but here’s the network for the world above: