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The worlds first Heightmap Terrain Generator for Photoshop

Plugin for Photoshop CC-2014 and newer, PC or Mac

Watch the demo videos



Update History

May 14, 2018 – Free Update v1.4
- added Top-View Map tool with 6 presets
- added 7 new seamless legend textures
- updated Contour Lines tool
- updated Water-Level tool
- added new Grid tool
- added a new icon
- bug fixing 

January 26, 2018 – Free Update v1.3
- added Auto-Texturing tool
- added Gravel tool
- added alternative Heightmap Browser
- added plugin tools refresh function
- bug fixing 
October 19, 2017 – Update v1.2.3
- CC-2018 Installer Update
September 28, 2017 – Free Update v1.2
- add the new Tangram Real World Heightmap Browser
- bug fixing 
September 12, 2017 – Free Update v1.1
- add new function to get a 3D map from an individual shape
- add new map edge color picker tool 
- add new guides tool
- add new heightmap brush
- add new texture
- add 12 new icons

From a grayscale heightmap to 3D terrain – all you need is Photoshop



With the 3D Map Generator – Terrain you can easily create a grayscale heightmap and then generate a 3D terrain out of it. The extensive features of our plugin are real time savers for creatives who want to create professional and high-quality maps in no time. And the best thing is: you don‘t need to be a Photoshop pro!

Features Overview

  • 3D map from every grayscale heightmap possible
  • Extensive tool to generate and edit your own heightmap
  • Heightmap browser
  • Top-View Map function
  • Random base heightmaps function
  • 21 heightmap brushes
  • Map elevation setting
  • 3D map froim an individual shape
  • 3 different isometric map orientations (left, frontal, right)
  • Auto-Texturing tool
  • 16 gradient presets
  • 22 seamless textures
  • 7 Map Legend Textures
  • Different texturing brushes
  • 21 background presets
  • Map edge color picker tool
  • Guides tool
  • Contour lines tool
  • Water level function
  • Add and delete map depth (unlimted)
  • Global Shadow function
  • 4 effect brushes for designing the map surface
  • Gravel Tool
  • 82 basic map icons
  • Icons library functions > add your own icons
  • Plugin for Photoshop CC-2014 and newer
  • 20+ Video Tutorials

Draw or modify a heightmap with the heightmap tools. Get real world heightmaps from real locations. Specify the map elevation and orientation and generate an isometric 3D map. Style the map surface with editable gradient presets, seamless textures, Contour Lines tool, Water Level tool and EFX brushes. Change the map height, style the background, determine the Map lighting, place high quality isometric map icons from the icons library. Load your own icons into the library. Create professional 3D terrains with just a couple of clicks. All with one tool and a few clicks in Photoshop!


What our customers are saying


Example applications

  • Info graphics
  • Presentations
  • Map reproduktion
  • visitor maps
  • Complex geographical llustrations
  • Cross-sections maps
  • Geographical maps
  • 3D color height maps
  • Topographic Maps

Create Canyons, hills, valleys, mountains, desserts, lakes, river, oceans, islands, crater, volcanoes and make your map project more professional.

Important pre-sale notes:

The 3D Map Generator – Terrain needs at least Photoshop CC-2014 or newer. It cannot be installed with any previous version.

The 3D Map Generator – Terrain is language independent and can be installed with every language version of Photoshop. The interface is always in English as shown.

Creating a 3D map with the 3D Map Generator – Terrain can take 15 min or more, depending on the map size and the performance of your computer. Follow the advices in the help file to optimize the process.

The 3D Map Generator – Terrain can be used on both PC and Mac. Please mind the minimum requirements for performance.

Generally every map size is possible. But the processing time (rendering time) and the map size depends on the performance and the hard-disk space of your computer. All provided textures and brushes are optimized on a basic shape or grayscale heightmap size of 1000×1000 up to 1500×1500 px.

Grayscale Heightmap services: All suggested heightmap services are not part of the 3D Map Generator – Terrain. They are just options for getting a grayscale heightmap. There is no guarantee of availability or functionality. The available heighmaps for most areas have a maximum zoom factor of 14z-15z. This is approximately equal to a height of 5,000m – 7,000m.

You can NOT export the maps to any other 3D apps (like 3D Max, Cinema 4D or Blender. You can NOT 3D-print the maps.

System requirements

Mac OS
  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.9 (64-bit) or v10.10 (64-bit)
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • min. Photoshop CC-2014 or newer (CC-2018 recommended)
Windows
  • Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • min. Photoshop CC-2014 or newer (CC-2018 recommended)

Item Support


If you are reporting an issue:
  • give us as much information as possible (Photoshop version number, used Photoshop language, OS version)
  • tell us what exactly you have done
  • screenshots are helpful
  • videos are very helpful (try this free app)




Fitting isometric map icons

  • koca9276

    2017-10-10 23:14:21
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    Is it possible to create real world terrain with google maps and height maps custom shape border like in 3D Map Generator – GEO, and how. Like This exsapels http://www.3d-map-generator.com/gallery-geo/# Thanks.

  • Orange_Box

    2017-10-10 23:40:35
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    Hi! Yes that is possible. Simple mark the area (brush, vector shape) and name the layer "shape". Watch this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=H0ZpUI7PQfE Hope that will help. Otherwise let me know, mic

  • koca9276

    2017-10-11 01:23:07
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    Thanks for help but it did not work, I create a terrain like in this tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb0HnaYNUx4 everything working great at the end when I add a custom shape layer I get only white color in place of the "shape" layers don't get custom shape of terrain remains square shape. Please Help.

  • Orange_Box

    2017-10-11 01:26:54
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    Have you the latest update 1.2 installed?

  • koca9276

    2017-10-11 07:34:58
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    yes

  • Orange_Box

    2017-10-11 17:25:36
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    Ah, now I understand! You mean the border texture?! You can give the edge a custom color. A texture is not possible. If you have any further questions, please write ma an email. Use the contact form on our profile page. mic

  • koca9276

    2017-10-11 17:38:32
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    Ok Thanks

  • Orange_Box

    2017-10-11 18:02:50
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    I've a quick video for you: https://youtu.be/QoiPzUJ6Dvg Hope that will help with the "shape"- mic ;)

  • shannonribbons

    2017-08-28 23:58:02
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    Hi there, I just tried looking at the map quality for my area (Dorset, UK), the URL is http://www.3d-map-generator.com/heightmapper/#11.20833/50.6525/-2.2119 and my issue is that the coast is really blocky, why is this - I presume it will result in a bad render..

  • Orange_Box

    2017-08-29 17:29:53
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    I can't tell why the heightmap is blocky in this area. But you can fix it easy with the heightmap tools in the plugin.

  • DERYK68

    2017-08-31 17:34:08
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    It’s frustrating !!! When I try to convert a height map in 3D I get the same flat image like before. There is nothing in 3D. (using Mac OS 10.11.6 and PS 2014 CC)

  • Orange_Box

    2017-08-31 17:41:51
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    Hi DERYK68! Please write me an email to solve your problem. Use the contact form on our profile page. Thanks, Mic

  • DERYK68

    2017-08-31 17:53:33
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    DONE !

  • rickkcid

    2017-09-06 02:12:25
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    Hi there. Just purchased today and after the install and restart step, the plugin is not showing up in PS CC 2017 under Windows > Extensions > ??. Is this a normal encounter?

  • Orange_Box

    2017-09-06 03:50:28
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    Hi, please write me an email to solve your issue. Describe what exactly you have done. Use the contact form on our profile page. Cheers, mic

  • RafiqFarzali

    2018-02-26 18:29:52
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    Congratulations for excellent work and sales! :)

  • architectfrank

    2018-03-09 06:15:09
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    i cleared my internet explorer cache the 3D Generator panel is not opening.

  • Orange_Box

    2018-03-09 19:16:56
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    Do you mean on the heightmapper website? Yes, the tangram heightmapper is down. Please use the alternative services like described.

  • nomstudio

    2018-06-09 16:39:53
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    Hi sir, please i purchased this plugin its awesome. Please help me to sort out where i am going wrong. I want to cut this shape but there is something wrong, even i am getting my shape flaty. not sure how to get rid this issue. http://prntscr.com/jstyaj

  • Orange_Box

    2018-06-09 16:42:39
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    Hi! Did you name your shape layer "shape"?

  • nomstudio

    2018-06-09 16:45:46
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    Oops! No I missed that! Should it work?

  • Orange_Box

    2018-06-09 16:48:12
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    Try it ;)

  • nomstudio

    2018-06-09 17:01:03
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    No its still that issue sir!

  • nomstudio

    2018-06-09 17:04:55
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    Thanks actually i was writing "Shape" instead "shape" it works!

  • Orange_Box

    2018-06-09 17:08:21
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    :) have fun with it

  • savigmusic

    2018-03-27 23:43:10
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    Huge work bro! ;)

  • Orange_Box

    2018-03-28 02:04:51
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    Thanks :)

  • kocihernandez

    2018-04-11 06:16:46
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    When creating a map from a heightmap and google maps, how can i make a higher resolution version?

  • Orange_Box

    2018-04-12 02:08:41
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    Hi kocihernandez!
    I've uploaded 2 mini tutorials for you:
    How to get a bigger sized 3D Map from my heightmap
    and
    How to change the resolution of the finished 3D map to 300 dpi
    This and other support hints you'll find from now here: https://graphicriver.net/item/3d-map-generator-terrain-from-heightmap/20244806/support
    Hope that will help you :)
    mic

  • forresttbrennan

    2018-04-25 05:04:17
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    Is there a way to create an actual 3D file (.obj file) from this plugin that I could then take into After Effects?

  • Orange_Box

    2018-04-25 06:49:29
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    Hi! It is not possible to export to other 3D apps or as 3D files. Photoshop export formats only.

  • paolon

    2017-11-07 08:38:04
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    I will pin it on Pinterest!

  • Orange_Box

    2017-11-08 19:09:47
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    ok. thx :)

  • mcramer271

    2017-11-14 08:09:46
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    Hi, that is really a great plug in! Great work - I love it. but I have one issue. The result of my tries are very flat. I tried this evening with the German Zugspitze - but the terrain ist noch really high. I set the terrain elevation on 5 but the result are not real great. I saw your video from lienz and I your example the mountain are really high. make I a mistake ? I make the same steps as in your video ?

  • Orange_Box

    2017-11-14 08:52:41
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    Hi! If you like send me an email with a link to a screenshot of your map and a link to the google map. Beste Grüße aus Berlin ;)

  • iwakuralain

    2017-12-14 02:34:14
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    Hello. Where I can read how to install it please?

  • Orange_Box

    2017-12-14 04:49:39
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    Hi! Please read the instructions PDF and watch the video tutorials from the link list. All the best, mic

  • andesigntheme

    2017-12-15 21:44:55
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    Hello, I have a problem here, can it be when generating files in smaller size? because my RAM is not enough. if there is an option to generate a map to a smaller size? Thanks,

  • Orange_Box

    2017-12-15 22:09:01
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    Hi! Have you tried to change the usage setting in Photoshop? Then you kann purge the RAM: Edit > Purge > All And yes, you can easy change the (grayscale height-)map size: Image > Image Size All the best, mic

  • biXendaSpeedA

    2017-08-16 21:52:58
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    Hi. Do you have some kind of UV textured 3d export of the results here, or is it immediately rasterized to 2D? Looks very nice either way, but would like to know before considering it for a few uses.

  • Orange_Box

    2017-08-16 22:18:58
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    The final result is a PSD! No 3D export.

  • biXendaSpeedA

    2017-08-16 22:24:33
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    Ok, thanks for the quick reply.

  • tsetsko

    2017-09-13 22:15:09
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    Hi, I am trying to use the B&W map to get the elevations, however I can't get it right because I can't see any map labels or lines, is there another way to get a B&W map? I am following this tutorial on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwmLeCdfAdc

  • Orange_Box

    2017-09-13 22:32:37
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    Hi tsetsko! Yes,we know the problem and we working on a solution to get more accurate coordinates for the Google Maps textures. Please use this URL until we have solved the problem and to get labels and lines for the project you are working on: https://tangrams.github.io/heightmapper/#10.024/52.5016/13.4156 Thanks,mic

  • pauljaenvato

    2018-01-17 07:18:24
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    Hello and thank you for this plugin. Is it possible to add a gradient or pattern to the edges? Or does it only allow a single color?

  • Orange_Box

    2018-01-17 19:43:59
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    Hi pauljaenvato and thank YOU :) You can only use one color for the edges.

  • schneider007

    2018-03-08 05:20:55
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    HI, just purchased this plugin, but the height-mapper-panel doesn't work at all. Why is this so? The plugin is useless than. Any suggestions?

  • Orange_Box

    2018-03-08 05:42:26
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    Hi! That’s right, the mapzen heightmapper service is down at the moment and we try to contact them to get it back as soon as possible. The heightmapper is a free service of mapzen and not a part of this plugin. But you can use the alternate free services in the meantime. Mic

  • FoxRay

    2017-11-02 21:13:09
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    http://www.3d-map-generator.com/heightmapper_3dmgt_2017/ keeps failing when entering a google map address.

  • Orange_Box

    2017-11-02 21:19:43
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    https://graphicriver.net/item/3d-map-generator-terrain-from-heightmap/20244806/support Please read the instructions and watch the tutorial videos.

  • FoxRay

    2017-11-02 21:54:23
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    I daubt me doing that is going to solve the error message on your website ^^

  • Orange_Box

    2017-11-02 23:28:29
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    What is the error message?

  • Orange_Box

    2017-11-03 00:12:57
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    All is working fine. But you have to paste the correct URL. From the support page:
    Heightmapper: When I transfer the Google Maps URL to the heightmapper, no heightmap appears and the browser screen remains blank. Note that you are copying and transferring the “map view” URL to the heightmapper. It does not work by using the satellite map (texture) URL.

  • begemo

    2018-04-23 00:29:14
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    Its really great work! But only one question. How can i edit hightmap of existed project, with texturing and icons stuff? Thanks!

  • Orange_Box

    2018-04-23 01:17:10
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    Thanks begemo! A heightmap that you have rendered to a final 3 map you can not change. You can change the heightmap and render a new 3D map from. Then you can edit and design the map. Please watch the tutorials from the link list in the PDF and here: http://www.3d-map-generator.com/3d-map-generator-terrain-tutorials/