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How to: Use WorldPainter to create a simple Survival Island.

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This Tutorial will be teaching you how to create a simple island using WorldPainter.

WorldPainter is a program which is used to create custom terrain very easily.

I will be showing you the basic knowledge needed to create an island and an understanding of this program.

If you need additional help just PM me and Io ll sort you out.

PS. If you use this tutorial to create a custom terrain please let me know because I would like to see what you have made :D

1. Download WorldPainter from http://www.worldpainter.net/

2. Choose you operation system.

3. Install the program.

4. Open WorldPainter

5. Click "File" then "New World"


6. Create the dimensions to you liking but don't got OTT. 1000x1000 is a suitable size.
Select either flatland or hilly, its up to you which one you choose.
The surface material should be set to sand if you want to make a tropical island.
Turn automatic biomes off and tick the custom biomes box.
Then click "Create"


The terrain will be sand with blobs of water.
Head to the top left of the screen and you will see a section called tools with some buttons underneath,
There will be a button with an arrow going up and another pointing down, click that.
Now, this tool will raise and lower terrain. How it works is, when you left click, you raise the terrain and
when you right click it will lower the terrain, you can also use the mouse scroll to select how but your brush shall be.


8. Right click on all the terrain till everything is submerged in water.


9. Now left click to raise the sand and create an island. You can use the brushes on the bottom left and set the strength of the brush just below that.


10. Once created a simple Island base, we need to flatten the land. To do this go to the tools there the raise and lower tool is and the one on the right is the flatten tool. (its a line) Left click on the point you want to flatten and drag it across will your island is flattened. (use the different brushed as they create different effects and also change the density to your liking.


11. Once you have flattened the ground we shall make a volcano. To do this go back to the raise and lower tool and on the brush select noise. (its the top right brush) Now use the noise brush to create a mountain. When you have created your mountain, make a small hole in the mountain. Now for the lava. Now on the tools section pick the lava option. (the red tear) Then left click on the inside of the volcano, where you want the lava level to be. If you mess up use Ctrl+Z to undo.




12. Now lets have a look at our map in 3d. Go to "View" which is on the top bar, then "Show 3D View". This will display a window showing you your island so far.

13. If your volcano looks too sharp you can use the smooth tool. This tool is located right of the flatten tool. Select it and tidy up the volcano.


14. If you want to make a small beach you can use the flatten tool to create a small beach. To get a closer look at what your doing use Ctrl+Scroll to zoom in and out.


15. At the moment you have an island with a volcano and beach but the whole island is made out of sand. To fix this, above the brushes you will see a terrain menu with a load of blocks, we want to use grass so left click on grass. Then set the brush to the darkest circle and set the strength to the highest. Zoom in and pay close attention to where you are painting you terrain, Try not to get any in the water as dirt underwater doesn't look very good. For the Volcano use stone and cover it all in stone.


16. Now we have to select the Biomes for the island otherwise the whole island will be in the Ocean Biome. So what we have to do is select Biomes in the Layers tab. Once you have selected that everything will go a bit blue. A new tab will appear called biomes. For the volcano we will use extreme hill. So select Extreme Hills and paint where the biome should be set. If you are having a Jungle Biome in you island select Jungle and paint the island with that biome.



17. If you want to plant trees you can do this by selecting "Deciduous"(Normal trees) or "Pine" which is located on the Layers tab. This tool is sensitive to the strength of the brush so only have it half way. Paint on the map where you want the Normal or Pine trees.


18. To get jungle trees you have to populate the jungle biome to get trees so, on the Layer tab select "Populate" and left click on all the Jungle Biome. This will create some green boxes.

19. Look at your island in 3d and tweak it until you feel happy.


20. Once happy with your island go to "File" then "Export" and select "Export as Minecraft map"


21. Give your Island a name then choose whether you want a border. I generally use water. Untick "Include chest of goodies". Now click Export. This will render your island so you can play it on Minecraft. Its mat take a few minutes. Once WorldPainter says its finished Exporting, open Minecraft and check it out. If there's any problem with your island go back to WorldPainter and tweak it.



Once you have exported the world. Open Minecraft and the world you just created will be there. Open the world up and explore. You can always edit over the terrain with world edit or Voxel Sniper to get a better look.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you get stuck gimme a comment and ill hopefully sort you out.



Update #2 : 11/04/2012 1:49:17 pm11/04/12

Changed a few things.

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Do you have a download for the map that you made?
Thank you! :)
Is there a way to make the borders made of Bedrock on a circular world, or do I have to use a non-circular world in order for it to work? I want it to look clean and neat.
  • miincaluna
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 22, 2014, 5:35 am
hey i downloaded this and it said it was not supported so idk how to fix that
My only problem is, how the heck do I make land go downto make a lava hole in a volcano?!
Are you on a mac?
  • revenge_racer
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Mountaineer
  • February 10, 2014, 10:25 am
Select height and right click :)
  • waboodle
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Taco
  • November 3, 2013, 7:15 am
how do you look at your island in 3d plese help!!!!
Go Make your island.
Then Press VIEW
Then at the bottom, press View In 3D
Then you're done!
  • PostMeister
  • Level 49
  • Master Artist
  • April 24, 2013, 12:25 pm
I already knew how to use it, but had no idea there was also a 3d view! So thanks! I was always blind and hoping it would work out. This helped a lot. *off to make my world*
Hey i have a question. I did what you said But in Minecraft i have like a GIANT wall of falling water (till y=167) is that normal because it creates a bit of lagg when im in creative mode??

  • ScottiNitro
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Creeper Hugger
  • March 8, 2013, 12:33 pm
When you go to export the map. Go to the border options found in the general tab. Once there you can select a border, i chose water and the water level of the border should be the same as the water level of the map.)
I put level 62 for the water level in the border (as shown on the screenshot below step 21.
Hope this helps and fell free to ask more questions if you are still unsure.
  • ZaphodX
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Network
  • November 23, 2012, 12:43 am
  • momarama
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Princess
  • November 4, 2012, 6:42 pm
Wow awesome world!
  • tobi5797
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Ninja
  • September 19, 2012, 5:54 am
thx here take my diamond as a sign as greatness
  • Ndrut
  • Level 21
  • Expert Miner
  • September 15, 2012, 6:31 am
Can anyone tell me how do I need to do if it tells me that I do not have enough memory
I have 4gb RAM and 250GB on my disk!
this is awesome you get diamond and a new subscriber

:)peace out mates:)
  • ScottiNitro
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Creeper Hugger
  • September 9, 2012, 12:19 am
I am planning on adding videos as the write up doesn't cover all of the features.
well idont understand world painter pleasse do a tutorial on wordpainter please
  • xBella
  • Level 27
  • Expert Toast
  • September 8, 2012, 4:53 pm
Nice tutorial. :D
  • iWilliBlecha
  • Level 49
  • Master Architect
  • August 9, 2012, 7:33 am
Good Job! Diaamond for you!
  • ScottiNitro
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Creeper Hugger
  • August 9, 2012, 9:33 am
Thanks, it all helps and good look in the contest.
can you mak a turtorialvideo on how to work world painter please :)

peace out mates :)
  • jeohydro
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Architect
  • June 24, 2012, 5:21 am
Thanks for the tutorial!
Very nice tutorial
  • CorBond
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 21, 2012, 8:20 am
this is really going to help make backdrops in my maps :D
can you also make a video of this please then i give you a diamond
  • ScottiNitro
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Creeper Hugger
  • June 20, 2012, 9:55 am
I've added Picture because I am thinking of creating a series of video, but only when I get enough views. I feel the pictures are enough to help you at the moment. I may create a video soon though :) Thanks for the input
ok thank you +1 diamond
  • Brokensmile
  • Level 29
  • Expert Zombie
  • June 19, 2012, 2:37 pm
Interested with the topic. I may ask for support on how to make more than an island though.
  • ScottiNitro
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Creeper Hugger
  • June 20, 2012, 9:55 am
I've added pictures so it should be easier to grasp now :)
  • Alphaml22
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Hunter
  • June 19, 2012, 2:18 pm
I want a Tutorial video
trying it now! I might use it for something more than a survival island though.
  • ScottiNitro
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Creeper Hugger
  • June 18, 2012, 7:30 am
This is only a basic look at worldpainter and theirs much more you can do. I tried to explain all the most important features. I may create a video. This depends on the amount of interest :DThanks for giving it a try-ScottiNitro

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