© Copyright 2010 - Ember in the Rain: All Rights

© Copyright 2010 - Ember in the Rain: All Rights
USER MANUAL
© Copyright 2010 - Ember in the Rain: All Rights Reserved
Welcome to the Planet X Generator 1.0 User’s Manual. Planet X Generator is a powerful and flexible
plugin for Cinema 4D that allows you to create beautiful worlds with a few clicks of the mouse. There are
many different features included in the Planet X Generator.
THE INTERFACE
You will find the Planet X Generator Objects in the plugins
menu on the main menu bar of Cinema 4D. There are three
objects that come with the Planet X Generator. A PLANET
object, a SPACE object, and a SUN object.
PLANET OBJECT
Along with the standard BASIC and COORD tabs, the PLANET object also has five other tabs in the attributes
manager where users can find all of the settings and controls for this object.
The planet tab contains settings
for the general attributes of the
whole planet. These settings
affect the entire planet.
PLANET RADIUS: Controls the
size of the planet. The slider
allows for a maximum of 500cm;
however, users can manually
exceed this amount and may
set the radius to any positive
value.
ENABLE ROTATION: Allows the user to set the planet to automatically rotate. This eliminates the need
to create keyframed animations for rotation.
DIRECTION: Allows the user to determine which direction the planet will rotate. The user may choose between
CLOCKWISE and COUNTER CLOCKWISE.
SPEED: Allows the user to determine the speed at which the planet will rotate. This setting is measured in
FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS). This means that the lower the number, the fewer frames are being show in a second.
Thus, if the number is lower, the planet will rotate faster. If the number is higher, the planet will rotate slower.
The surface tab conatins all of the
settings for the surface of the planet.
These settings will only effect the
surface and will not effect the rest of
the planet.
USE PRESET: There are twelve preset
surfaces that come with the Planet X
Generator. The presets are as follows:
- Mercury
- Venus
- Earth
- Earth (High Resolution)
- Moon
- Mars
- Jupiter
- Saturn
- Uranus
- Neptune
- Pluto
- Planet X
When a preset is selected, no other
surface options are available. However,
when you have selected a preset, you
may alter the preset by deselecting the
USE PRESET check box.
SURFACE MAP: This setting allows users to select any image map to use for the surface of their planet. This image
can be almost any available image format. The plugin is only limited to the formats that Cinema 4D supports.
Check your Cinema 4D documentation to determine if Cinema 4D supports your image format.
ELEVATION MAP: This setting allows users to choose a BUMP map for the surface of their planet. This type of map
shows changes in elevation. White areas on the map will be higher elevations and black areas will be lower elevations.
Gray areas will be somewhere in between.
ELEVATION STRENGTH: This setting adjusts the strength of the elevation map. The higher the setting, the more
elevated your map will look. The lower the setting, the less elevated your map will look.
ENABLE SURFACE GENERATOR: This feature bypasses the image maps altogether. When you have enabled the
surface generator, the maps you have chosen above will no longer be used. Instead, Planet X Generator will create
a surface for you.
SEA COLOR:
LAND COLOR:
MOUNTAIN:
LEVEL:
FREQUENCY:
Adjusts the color of the oceans on your surface.
Adjusts the color of the land at lower elevations.
Adjusts the color of the land at higher elevations.
Adjusts the percentage of land that exists on your planet.
Adjusts the size of each piece of land. If the number is lower, there are fewer, larger
pieces of land. If the number is higher, there are more, smaller pieces of land.
ENABLE CITY LIGHTS: This setting allows the user to show city lights on the dark side of the planet. The lights
are only visible on the side of the planet that is not being hit by light. PLEASE NOTE: This effects only works
properly if you have 1 light in your scene. If you add a second light, you will see lights on the lit side of your
planet.
CITY LIGHTS MAP:
BRIGHTNESS:
CITY LIGHTS COLOR:
Allows the user to choose an image map for their city lights.
Adjusts the brightness of the city lights.
Adjusts the color of the city lights.
The cloud tab contains all of the
settings for the cloud cover of the
planet. These settings will only
affect the clouds and nothing else.
USE PRESET: There are fourteen
preset cloiuds that come with the
Planet X Generator. The presets are
as follows:
- Mercury
- Venus
- Earth
- Moon
- Mars
- Jupiter
- Saturn
- Uranus
- Neptune
- Pluto
- Planet X
- Hurricane
- Global Storm
- Tranquil
When a preset is selected, no other cloud options are available. However, when you have selected a preset, you
may alter the preset by deselecting the USE PRESET check box.
ENABLE CLOUDS: This setting enables clouds on your planet. If you uncheck this box, there will be noie clouds
on your planet at all. This is useful if you are creating a planet such as mercury that is completely dead and does
not have an atmosphere.
CLOUD MAP: This setting allows the user to select an image map for their clouds. Users can create their own cloud
maps or find them online. This allows for greater flexibility in designing your planet.
ENABLE CLOUD GENERATOR: This setting bypasses the cloud map. With the cloud generator enabled, Planet X
Generator creates clouds for you.
CLOUD DENSITY:
CLOUD FREQUENCY:
Adjusts the percentage of clouds that are on your planet.
Adjusts the size and frequency of the clouds. If this number is smaller, you
will have fewer larger clouds. If the number is greater, you will have more
smaller clouds.
CLOUD COLOR:
CLOUD BRIGHTNESS:
CLOUD THICKNESS:
CLOUD HEIGHT:
Adjusts the color of the clouds.
Adjusts the brightness of the clouds.
Adjusts the thickness of the clouds.
Adjusts the distance from clouds to the surface of the earth.
The atmosphere tab contains the
settings for the atmosphere and the
planetary rings.
USE PRESET: There are twelve
preset atmospheres that come with
the Planet X Generator. The presets
are as follows:
- Mercury
- Venus
- Earth
- Moon
- Mars
- Jupiter
- Saturn
- Uranus
- Neptune
- Pluto
- Planet X
- Thick
- Thin
When a preset is selected, no other
atmosphere options are available.
However, when you have selected a
preset, you may alter the preset by
deselecting the USE PRESET check
box.
ATMOSPHERIC COLOR:
ATMOSPHERIC BRIGHTNESS:
ATMOSPHERIC GLOW:
ATMOSPHERE RADIUS:
RANDOM:
Adjusts the color of your atmosphere.
Adjusts the brightness of your atmosphere.
Adjusts the intensity of the glow that shows around your atmosphere.
Adjusts the radius of the atmosphere.
Adjusts the randomness of the glow.
ENABLE RINGS:
This setting allows the user to add rings their planet.
The ring settings are not available unles this box is checked.
This adjusts the color of the rings. A gradient is used to help the colors
blend more naturally.
This setting adjusts the spacing of the ring. Black means space, white means
ring.
Adjusts the transparency of the rings.
Adjusts the radius of the inner area of the rings.
Adjusts the radius of the outer area of the rings.
RING COLOR:
RING SPACING:
RING TRANSPARENCY:
INNER RADIUS:
OUTER RADIUS:
The orbit options tab contains the
settings for controlling orbiting objects.
Currently, your planet can have only
one orbiting object. I plan to change
this for version 2.0 .
ENABLE OORBIT: This option allows
the user to add an orbiting object to
their planet.
LOOP ORBIT: This option automates
the orbiting planet so that it orbits
around the planet without having to
adjust the position or set keyframes.
DIRECTION: This option allows you to change the direction that the orbiting object is traveling. You may
choose between CLOCKWISE or COUNTER CLOCKWISE.
SPEED (FPS): Allows the user to determine the speed at which the object will orbit This setting is measured in
FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS). This means that the lower the number, the fewer frames are being show in a second.
Thus, if the number is lower, the object will orbit faster. If the number is higher, the object will orbit slower.
ORBIT PATH: When ENABLE ORBIT is activated, the Planet X Generator creates a spline object that is used as the
path that the orbiting object will follow. This can be switched with a different spline object if you wish.
PATH RADIUS: This option allows the user to adjust the radius of the orbit path. This can be adjusted to any positive
number. The slider has a maximum setting of 1000.
ORBITING OBJECT: This is the object that is orbiting your planet. Choose any object in the object manager and drop
it in to this field.
POSITION: If the user has chosen not to loop the orbit, he or she may set the position of the orbit using this slider.
Key frames can then be set to animate the orbit manually.
The sun object is a light source. If you have placed a sun
object in to your scene you do not need another light source.
If you do place another light source in your scence to highlight
aspects of your scene, please remember that this may affect
the city lights setting of the planet surface.
RADIUS:
Adjusts the radius of the sun.
ENABLE ROTATION:
Enables automated rotation of the sun object.
DIRECTION:
The direction of the sun’s rotation.
CLOCKWISE or COUNTER CLOCKWISE.
SPEED:
The speed at which the sun rotates.
Measured in frames per second. Lower numbers
mean faster rotation.
CORONA BRIGHTNESS: The brightness of the outer rim of the sun.
CORONA COLOR:
The color of the outer rim of the sun.
CHROMOSPHERE
BRIGHTNESS:
Overall brightness of the sun.
SUN GRADIENT:
The spectrum of color that crosses the sun.
SUN SPOT COLOR:
The color of the sun spots.
LOWLIGHT COLOR:
The color of the lowlights in the sun.
HIGHLIGHT COLOR:
The color of the highlights in the sun.
FREQUENCY:
The number and size of various shapes in the
sun’s appearance.
LEVEL:
The percentage of lighter areas of the sun.
SUNFLARES:
These settings adust the flares that come out
from the sun.
FLARE BRIGHTNESS:
FLARE DISTANCE:
FLARE COLOR:
The intensity of the flare.
The distance that the flare reaches outward.
The color of the flare.
The orbit options tab contains the
settings for controlling orbiting objects.
Currently, your sun can have only
one orbiting object. I plan to change
this for version 2.0 .
ENABLE OORBIT: This option allows
the user to add an orbiting object to
their planet.
LOOP ORBIT: This option automates
the orbiting object so that it orbits
around the sun without having to
adjust the position or set keyframes.
DIRECTION: This option allows you to change the direction that the orbiting object is traveling. You may
choose between CLOCKWISE or COUNTER CLOCKWISE.
SPEED (FPS): Allows the user to determine the speed at which the object will orbit This setting is measured in
FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS). This means that the lower the number, the fewer frames are being show in a second.
Thus, if the number is lower, the object will orbit faster. If the number is higher, the object will orbit slower.
ORBIT PATH: When ENABLE ORBIT is activated, the Planet X Generator creates a spline object that is used as the
path that the orbiting object will follow. This can be switched with a different spline object if you wish.
PATH RADIUS: This option allows the user to adjust the radius of the orbit path. This can be adjusted to any positive
number. The slider has a maximum setting of 1000.
ORBITING OBJECT: This is the object that is orbiting your sun. Choose any object in the object manager and drop
it in to this field.
POSITION: If the user has chosen not to loop the orbit, he or she may set the position of the orbit using this slider.
Key frames can then be set to animate the orbit manually.
The Visible Light Options tab contains
settings for the light that is emitted from
the sun object. Use these options to
determine how to the sun will emit light.
VISIBLE LIGHT COLOR: The color of the
light that is emitted from the sun.
INTENSITY: The intensity of the light that
is emitted from the sun.
SHADOW: The style of shadows that are
cast from the light that is emitted from
the sun.
THE SPACE OBJECT:
The space object serves only one purpose. It’s role is to create an outer space environment.
It does not currently have any adjustable attributes; however, this is likely to change for future
released.
THANK YOU!
Thank you for purchasing the Planet X Generator. If you have any questions or need
support of any kind, please visit our support forums at:
www.emberintherain.com/community
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