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I have made a hilly landscape using the Landscape addon in blender 2.8. I have an object which I want to animate across the landscape by following the surface contours and maintaining a small distance, a little like a hovercraft floating over the land.
I have tried the “Limit Distance constraint” but can’t seem to make it work.

Is there a FAST and EASY way to accomplish this.

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Shrinkwrap constraint is pretty good for this, to control how far your object is from the ground you can simply lift it in edit mode to move it's origin downward.

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  • $\begingroup$ How would you set this up? $\endgroup$ – Franck Louis Oct 18 at 10:09
  • $\begingroup$ I have given this a go but the object is still passing into the landscape here and there. I already have key framing on the object so would this be the reason that I am having problems? $\endgroup$ – Franck Louis Oct 18 at 10:14
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah you need to keep it's position above the landscape for the projection to work, otherwise it will go through. $\endgroup$ – Arthur Blaquart Oct 18 at 10:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I got it working, but the animation looks a little jerky at some points along the timeline. Is there some way to smooth it out? Here is the link to my file if it helps in determining the problem: dropbox.com/s/wrpx0rf8fd3w7go/Santa%20scene%2014.blend?dl=0 $\endgroup$ – Franck Louis Oct 18 at 15:00
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    $\begingroup$ Choose Shrinkwrap Type > Target Normal Project, Snap Mode > Outside Surface, enable Align Axis To Normal and click on the Z axis, it seems to work fine $\endgroup$ – moonboots Oct 19 at 8:33
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Fast and easy way would be to:

  1. Create a little Plane.
  2. Parent Object to this Plane.
  3. Turn on Face Snap. Optionally check Align Rotation to Target.

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  4. Move the Plane.

setup

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  • $\begingroup$ This doesn't rotate with the landscape though, I would think that's what the author would want $\endgroup$ – Arthur Blaquart Oct 18 at 11:39
  • $\begingroup$ @ArthurBlaquart Check edit - point 3. $\endgroup$ – cgslav Oct 18 at 12:01
  • $\begingroup$ This kind of snapping wouldn't work when rendering, this is only to help you setting up your scene and modeling $\endgroup$ – Arthur Blaquart Oct 18 at 12:12

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