What is the best software to create photorealistic worlds?

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    $\begingroup$ It’s utterly unclear, what the first two sentences are supposed to mean $\endgroup$ – Ludi Jul 14 '18 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ You question is rather unclear: what do mean by "realizing [...] worlds" ? Are you interesting in realizing the geographic of it ? Or particular sceneries ? Or maybe maps ? $\endgroup$ – Kolaru Jul 14 '18 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ Google Earth and Bing Maps. $\endgroup$ – The Square-Cube Law Jul 15 '18 at 4:21
  • $\begingroup$ To whoever voted to close this as off topic: there is ample precedence for software-recommendations questions being on topic, and only "software that doesn't directly relate to worldbuilding" is off topic. I feel that this question needs work, but it's not categorically off topic. $\endgroup$ – user Jul 30 '18 at 6:36
  • If you want photorealism and do not care about mapping an entire globe, try World Machine (Paid, demo available)

  • If you want a good looking globe but don't much care about realism, you can try using Fractal Terrains (Paid), combine with Wilbur (Free) for better results.

  • If you want a professional-looking result and are willing to spend the time to learn professional-level software, you could use Terragen (Free for non-commercial)

All three software packages are for the procedural creation of terrain and semi-realistic to photorealistic rendering.


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