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Spaceflight Simulator Custom Heightmaps

Learn to craft a custom height map in the game with our guide, featuring step-by-step instructions and helpful screenshots.

Use the information and screenshots in our guide to learn how to create your own custom height map in the game.

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Spaceflight Simulator Custom Heightmaps

In this guide we will go over how to create your own custom heightmap as well as provide some ones we have already made which include:

  • An asteroid heightmap
  • And a large crater heightmap

Creating The Height-Map

If you are trying to create a realistic height-map for planets that contains geographical features such as oceans and mountains then you can use the polar plot shown below. Simply open an image editing software such as Photoshop and overlay it on your planet texture.

  • After that, in the same or different software, such as adobe illustrator (recommended),
  • use the ruler shown below to draw your height-map to match the polar plot.
  • Make sure to save the height-map as .jpeg or .png file format and save it in Heightmap Data of your solar system.
  • Note: Overhangs aren’t achievable in SFS. So make sure your height-map doesn’t have any before saving.

Polar Plot:


Inputting The Height-map

Now, you must know how to make it actually work on your planet, otherwise the height-map will glitch and not be outputted properly.
To do this you need to use the following equation:
2 * π * radius of planet
This gives you the circumference of your planet.

Once you have the value, head into the .txt file of your planet and do the following:

  1. Find the terrainFormulaDifficulties information.
  2. In the first output replace Perlin with the name of your height-map and file format that you saved your height-map with (should be .jpeg or .png).
  3. The first numbers after the first comma (ex. 543495.5290710), replace it with the value you got from the equation.The second number after the 2nd comma is just how tall your height-map will be in-game.Congratulations, you just made your first ever height-map!

Free Heightmaps



Spaceflight Simulator Large Crater Heightmap
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