Planet Zoo Useful Information for Heightmap Guide

Planet Zoo Useful Information for Heightmap Guide 1 -
Planet Zoo Useful Information for Heightmap Guide 1 -

Planet Zoo Map: 1000 x 990 m
Heightmap: 1024 x 1024 px
=> 0.98 m/px
normal height: 128 RGB
1 m hight difference: 1 RGB difference
=> 0 RGB: -128 m
=> 256 RGB: +128 m
Entrance: In the middle of the bottom edge of the heightmap

Guide on Colouring Heatmaps

I already made the calculations required for the custom heightmap function!
A planet Zoo Sandbox Map is roughly 1 km² big (1000 x 990 m). The Heightmap is required to be a 1024 x 1024 pixels tif file. This equals to 0.98 m/pixel. So: One pixel in the heightmap translates to 1 m on your map. But be aware, that the resolution of this feauture is limited. My tests show, that the game can only create reasonable structures from 2×2 pixels upwards.
Now to the height: The standard colour (flat with the entrance) is RGB 128 (red, blue and green all set to 128). I calculated, that 1 colour value translates to one meter in height (roughly, in my test I tested up to 128 m where I got a deviation of 0.5 meter). The darker the colour, the deeper it gets, the lighter the higher:
RGB-value Height deviation
98: -30 m
118: -10 m
128: 0 m
138: +10 m
148: +20 m
256: +128 m
The entrance will be placed at the bottom line of the heightmap in the middle.
I hope, that this guide was helpful to you 🙂

How to import Heatmaps

You need a image manipulation program like Photoshop, MS paint or (what I recommend) – []  (freeware).
You can create a 1024×1024 pixel template and colour it in greyscale.
You have to export your file as .tif
and copy it into your Planet Zoo Folder Documents > Frontier Developments > Planet Zoo > UserHeightmaps
Then, your custom heightmap will appear in the map creation menu.

Generate heatmaps from your local landscape?

I am currently trying too figure out how to import local landscapes as heightmaps into the planet zoo experience. Unfortunately I can´t find a source of greyscale heightmaps and lack the skills of converting a colour-scale heightmap to greyscale, or to create own greyscale heatmaps from topologic data. I would be happy for any advice from your side!

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1 Comment

  1. Do you know if using a 16-bit TIF file will result in a higher resolution in the height dimension (since instead of 256 increments you would have 65536 (2^16 instead of 2^8))?

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