How to Create Stunning Landscape Scenes with PD Howler

How to Create Stunning Landscape Scenes with PD Howler

PD Howler is a fast digital painting and animation program, created by artist, Dan Ritchie and is available here at the Daz Store.

In this tutorial Tiffanie Gray will show you how to utilise PD Howler to create stunning landscapes with three different methods in mind.

No previous experience is required of PD Howler for this tutorial.

PD Howler includes GPU-accelerated 3D landscape generation tools, rendering with path tracing, video-on-video painting, motion tracking, image stabilization, rotoscoping, artist guides, photo editing, realistic media painting with dryout, translucency and pigment lifting, tools for post work and special effects filters, time stretching with motion estimated interpolation, particle brushes, foliage brushes, bristle brushes, orbicle brushes, user-defined custom animated brushes, video brushes, an exposure sheet for lip-synched cartooning, animated frame painting, loopable and seamless video creation tools, lens flares and many more amazing tools and gadgets.

Event Details : Three Methods for Landscape Creation

  • Landscape Method 1 – 3D Designer
    • Quick GUI overview
    • How to make a simple Height Map
    • Quick overview of 3D Designer GUI
    • Making adjustments
    • Fine tuning
    • Exporting objs and Textures
    • Postwork
  • Landscape Method 2 – Puppy Ray GPU/CPU
    • How to make a more complex Height map
    • Differences in CPU/GPU Rendering
    • Creating more complex texture maps
    • Making adjustments
    • Fine tuning
    • Adding foreground elements
    • Postwork
  • Landscape Method 3 – Painted
    • Quick overview of Brushes and Adjustments
    • Creating the background
    • Painting the back, mid and foreground
    • Quick overview of Particles
    • Postwork

Tutorial: HD recording : 1 hour and 45 minutes

Bonuses included in this product:

  • Height map 1 for 3D Designer
  • Height map 2 for Puppy Ray
  • Texture map for Puppy Ray
  • Set of Media brushes for Landscapes.

About Tiffanie Gray

Tiffanie Gray wears too many hats. She is an author, an editor, a publisher, an artist, a crafter, a web designer, a legal assistant, a slush reader, a volunteer, an actress, a seamstress, a clothing designer, a Master Instructor of Cosmetology, an Army veteran, a musician, a paper RPGer/GM, a life coach and a teacher. She is also a wife and a keeper for her husband, three cats and a Pomeranian who thinks he’s either a cat or a child.

Tiffanie is known as Dakorillon and Immortal Moments Arts to the art world on the web. She has been selling at Renderosity and HiveWire3D since 2016. She has been using PD Howler (known as Project Dogwaffle), since version 1.1a in 2001. She originally started using PD Howler since it’s a natural fit for artists that have a traditional background – and so began learning it with glee! She now uses Howler for nearly everything to do with digital art and content creation. Since 3D artwork is becoming an indispensable tool in her box of tricks, she is happy that Howler still works so well with these new tools.

All of her art experience is self taught, she read books or took small workshops to learn traditional art. Howler, then Daz Studio, Poser, Hexagon and other art programs she added were by the the same method. She primarily focuses on fantasy and science fiction, but has added still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She also uses her images for book cover designs and web design.

What's Included and Features

  • Tutorial covering these teaching points:
    • Intro
    • How to tell which version of Howler you have
    • Tiffanie’s Bio
    • Why it’s called Howler
    • 1st Question and Answer Session
    • Other GUI Tutorials on YouTube
    • Quick Overview of Howler’s GUI
    • 2nd Question and Answer Session
  • Method 1 — 3D Designer and a Simple Height Map Starting in Low Res
    • Quick Overview of 3D Designer’s GUI
    • 3rd Question and Answer Session
    • Creating Textures
    • 4th Question and Answer Session
    • Clouds
    • Saving the Texture
    • Saving the Landscape Files
    • Issues with Carerra
    • Importing Maps
    • 5th Question and Answer Session
  • Method 2 — Puppy Ray GPU/CPU
    • Quick Overview of Puppy Ray GUI
    • 6th Question and Answer Session
    • The “More” Menu of Puppy Ray
    • Changing Camera Settings?
    • 7th Question and Answer Session
    • Bricks as a Height Map
  • Method 3 — Painting
    • Quick Overview of the Painting GUI
    • Brushes
    • Brush Settings
    • Particles
    • 8th Question and Answer Session
    • Paper Settings
    • Creating Mountains
    • 9th Question and Answer Session
    • Adding Foothills
    • Adding Trees
    • Water Reflections
    • Final Question and Answer Session
    • Adding Details
    • Filters and Post Work
  • Hyperlinks and End Credits
  • Bonus content included in this product:
    • Height map 1 for 3D Designer
    • Height map 2 for Puppy Ray
    • Texture map for Puppy Ray
    • Set of Media brushes for Landscapes.


  • This product includes:
    • 1 DSON Core Installer

Required Products:

PD Howler 11 - powered by Project Dogwaffle: Paint, Motion, 3D and fun with pixels

Install Types:

Install Manager, Manual Install