Good work! I dowloaded.)
Hey, I don't know if you already know, but I just wanted to let you know that the download link for the 1.4 version isn't working. Pack is amazing, I've used it before, and I want to use it again!View attachment 175383
I've released the 1.4 update of this pack linked right here. The version at the bottom of this post is for Terraria 1.3.5 (for now).
Have you ever noticed how Terraria's skies have turned a bleak shade of dark indigo over the years?
Ever noticed how the sky's purple-ish hue no longer matches up with brighter distant scenery such as mountains in the background like it used to?
Does it bother the crap out of you? And if it didn't before, does it now?
Do you like pretty things?
Do you like immersion?
Are you a lunatic like me?
If you've answered "yes" to most of the above, then this texture pack is for you!
Summary / Contents:
This pack offers something a bit different from others you might've seen.
The intent is to keep Terraria's original aesthetic, but breathe some life into it. Originally this was considered to be purely a 'color-correction' texture pack, but it became a bit more than that.
- I began by modifying the dreary color of the sky. After much tweaking, play-testing, and improvement, I then focused on adding more color variation which added a LOT of depth, better-matching background elements and clouds than vanilla, and providing a brighter, more vibrant atmosphere at daytime overall
- The sun itself was edited to be slightly more detailed while keeping the original style, less 'rotten-egg-like', and tweaked to match the new sky
- Some backgrounds have been made more vibrant and detailed -- specifically the Ocean Biome
- All standard water textures have been modified as well, to harmonize with the above changes
Typical texture pack installation, except for ***one additional IMPORTANT STEP***. This pack will require you to install an additional file to where you installed Terraria. My folder for this file is here:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Terraria\Content\Images\Misc
This is needed in order to change the color of standard water -- you must overwrite a file in the above folder called "water_0.xnb". I also help guide you to this location in the download. I recommend backing up the original "water_0.xnb" somewhere safe if you wish to revert to the original water. The rest is standard procedure, but if this is your first time installing one:
Standard Texture Pack Installation:
If you're using tModLoader and would like to use this pack along with all those glorious mods, you'll want to place the "Texture Pack.zip" file into where your ModLoader folder is. Mine is here:
C:\Users\(your name)\Documents\My Games\Terraria\ModLoader\TexturePacks
All textures have been created/modified by yours truly, mostly from Terraria's original content if not completely new.
A shout out to @Mirsario for incorporating my work into the brilliant Terraria Overhaul mod.
A huge thanks to @Murphmario for helping me solve the problem of editing water -- that would've taken a lot longer to figure out on my own.
Thanks to @Brutallama for being an inspiration in making this -- showing how much texture packs can drastically improve this game.
And last but not least, a thanks and shout out to @ChippyGaming for kindly giving this its own spotlight video on his mighty-fine Youtube channel.
Feel free to let me know what you think of the changes -- especially after playing in-game. I'm open to suggestions, if they seem in-line with the theme.
And most importantly, enjoy Terraria with Better Ambiance!
This pack started as my own personal remedy for what bugged me most about Terraria's visuals. It's still very subtle compared to a lot of what's out there, to the extent many may glance at it and not see much difference, if any at all. Meanwhile others look and see a very profound difference, for better or worse. If they see value in it, I'm happy to be sharing it.I've eyed Better Ambience with interest since it has come out, but I never got around to downloading it until today. And I must say, wow. These changes are incredibly appealing, and I love the brighter look you've given Terraria. This is a must-have for me from now on. You've done great work here
Yes, what you say near the end is important.I'm having trouble figuring out how to implement the improved water, I've followed your instructions to the best of my understanding, but I'm probably just too unintellectual to fully comprehend what you mean. I can't find a water.xnb file in any of my terraria folders which might be an issue, but I've copied both the zip and your water file into the terraria folder itself, into content, into images, and into the misc. file but my water remains the same. I really enjoy your texture pack since I never noticed how dull things were before and now I much prefer your shaders, but I'm so confused on what to do for the water file. Plz help! Edit: I did a thing and noticed something else, I noticed when the texture pack is on, the squares created by water in contact with not full blocks gets lighter blue, might be important but idk. I also copied the file and zip into your zip Better_Ambience/Content/Images
I figured it out now, thank you so much! I was just finding the terraria file the wrong way so I wasn't opening the right folder even though it was under the same name, thanks again it looks fantastic!Yes, what you say near the end is important.
If you're seeing brighter-colored water tiles along the sides of solid blocks, it means this texture pack is working, however the separate water file is not installed correctly.
It's unfortunate how many Youtube videos I've seen using/featuring this texture pack that installed the water file incorrectly like this. Firstly, make sure you've downloaded the separate water file, and it reads "water_0.xnb", with a "_0" as it does in my file. I only mention this since you don't have the "_0" when you mention the file above in your post.
My water file is installed here on my PC:
If you purchased Terraria from Steam like I did -- this is the default install location for the game, and where you must install the water file. If you have a non-Steam version or used any other install location, the file structure will still be the same -- just installed elsewhere on your PC. I used the folder structure in the downloadable file above to show exactly where it goes. Make sure the file isn't renamed from water_0.xnb. My file must overwrite the existing water_0.xnb that is already there by default in order to work -- so if you're installing my file somewhere and you're not overwriting the vanilla file, you know it's in the wrong place. Once you've done this, the improved water texture from this pack will be activated, and it'll match the brighter colors you're seeing now next to solid blocks!
Glad you're enjoying the pack, and hopefully even more so now!
Yes it's true that you no longer need the separate water file after a recent update, where they've changed how textures work in 1.4. However this is a new change, as there was no other way to get it to work prior.Dear Lunatic Lobbyist,
Your water file is obsolete. Instead of having to muck about with xnb files, you can just get the png file and put it into the texture pack via the directory that you mention.
On a higher note, Better Ambiance is probably going to be a must-have for me in my playthroughs. Your work is amazing .
P.S. Sorry for being so formal. I just feel like being formal today .
Hello? Regarding my post from last year, is Better Ambiance dead, and why haven't we heard from development in (1...2...3...4...5...6...) 8 months?! We're really eager to see this texture pack grow and evolve, but that can't happen if Better Ambiance dies. So, back to the point, can you send us an update on development? Thanks.
i did everything and it don't workAttached below is a 2nd early 1.4 patch for this pack if you want it now. Enjoy the clear blue skies!
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This is a slightly improved version from the one I released a few days ago, and completely compatible with 1.4 of course! Some new backgrounds still may not match the new water yet (which you may not even notice in-game depending on your world) -- just wanted to get something up for 1.4 now. I'll have a completed version up for download with all the new backgrounds included
before the end of the monthedit: Sorry, that didn't happen yet. But once it does I'll be refining it further from there, depending on feedback from you guys.
INSTALLATION: On PC, 1.4 texture packs are now placed in: Documents\My Games\Terraria\ResourcePacks ...Once it's there, it'll show up listed in your game's 'Texture Packs' menu. Lastly, enable it from 'Available Packs' as shown in the above picture. The moment you hit the 'back' button, you should immediately see the difference!
IF 1.4 IS YOUR FIRST TIME INSTALLING THIS: You will need an additional file to get the most out of this texture pack.
This is also an unconventional mod -- you'll need to install the 'Water File' below manually where you installed Terraria itself. My folder for this file is here:
This is needed in order to enhance the color of standard water -- you must overwrite a file in this folder called "water_0.xnb". I also help guide you to this location in the download file itself. I recommend backing up the original "water_0.xnb" somewhere safe if you ever wish to revert to the original water later on.
I added this file at the bottom of this post for convenience, but it's the same exact file in the first post. Those who had Terraria installed with Better Ambiance prior to 1.4 won't need to do this, as 1.4 didn't replace anything there. This will all be more organized in first post once I update the full 1.4 version of the pai move
If you're looking to get help, it's to your benefit to be a LOT more specific as to the actual problem you're having. I'm going to assume you can't get the texture pack to show up in-game.i did everything and it don't work
i installed it correctly but it does not show up. or i did mistake?? please tell me edit: post got locked??If you're looking to get help, it's to your benefit to be a LOT more specific as to the actual problem you're having. I'm going to assume you can't get the texture pack to show up in-game.
IF you're playing Terraria on PC, have Terraria updated properly, AND have texture packs enabled and installed it correctly, the most common reason for this is your file locations may be different than indicated in the install directions. If that's the case, look for similar folders that have the same structure, and see if you can activate it from there.
Otherwise, you've installed incorrectly. Also if you haven't, try reading the other posts in this thread to see if you made the same mistake someone else did.