Posted by Fleur on 21 July 2014 in English (English).

I find rivers to be one of the hardest things about this project.

Is there any easier way of creating realistic rivers relatively easily? Or is there some sort of guide that can help to create realistic rivers?

If not, would anyone be willing to help me a bit with rivers?

Thanks :)

Comment from bhj867 on 22 July 2014 at 04:31

Use Josm.

  1. Create a river with bends and bows. Make an S curve pattern randomly in the direction you want it to go.

  2. Create parallel way. Make sure the distance apart is realistic. I go for under 1000 feet in the middle and just over 1000 feet at the point where it ends in the ocean.

  3. Connect the ends.

  4. “C” comand for combine.

  5. Auto tag “water”

  6. Repeat. this time with a different pattern along the same path to create islands in the river. And I create little oxbow lakes organically around the main river.

  7. Anything overlapping “CNTRL” “Shift” “J” for combine overlapping ways. Now your main river should be finished.

  8. Near the source of the river, I shrink it down to a single line and tag it “River”, make sure it is near a high point, like a mountain range.

There is a bit of art involved when creating rivers. Be creative, and keep trying until it looks realistic enough. The most daunting part for me is creating delta’s. I am still trying to get that down because of the amount of detail and time involved in creating them.

I hope this helped.

Comment from bhj867 on 22 July 2014 at 04:34

Before you use “C” command for combine ways/lines, make sure you have “Shift” selected both ways/lines so the system will know what it is combining.

Comment from Oxalia on 22 July 2014 at 09:04

If not, would anyone be willing to help me a bit with rivers?

Yes, where?

Comment from Fleur on 22 July 2014 at 09:19

Thanks all :)

I’ll try doing that and hopefully it should come out nicely.

If not, would anyone be willing to help me a bit with rivers?

Yes, where?

I shall try using the methods from the previous comments and see how that goes. I’ll keep you updated if I still need a bit of a helping hand, but thanks. :)

Comment from wangi on 23 July 2014 at 00:13

South of Mecyna is needing some rivers ‘n’ hills if anyone’s interested!

Comment from Mikele on 23 July 2014 at 09:38

Hi, I tried with creating and overlapping narrow and randomly-shaped water reservoirs or lakes to a main river. You may need a lot of patience and “sense of art” but the result seems to be quite realistic and nice.

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