You may sometimes see giant, beautiful Minecraft worlds that other people have created. Maybe you have seen or even played the world map that somebody made, and wondered how somebody could build all that. Block by block?? That would take years. Using WorldEdit, a plugin/mod that helps for building areas? Even with that would take a long time, and wouldn't look nearly as good. There is another program for shaping land called WorldPainter. If you haven't ever seen one of those giant worlds, this is what it might look like:
That does look amazing. And even better, it is actually not too hard to make. Maybe only half an hour of work, sometimes an hour. In fact, that giant world map probably only took about a week of work! WorldPainter is a really easy to use program. It is a separate program from Minecraft, so it is not a mod or plugin. In fact, you don't even need a Minecraft account or Minecraft at all to make that. Here is what the main screen of WorldPainter looks like, when you first open it:
It can be both simple and advanced, depending on what you are using it for. There are a ton of great features, but one of my favorites is being able to create custom trees that you built in Minecraft, and spreading them where you like in the world. Lentebriesj created an awesome zip file full of custom, awesome trees that you can use in WorldPainter. Some of these trees were used by the creator the Earth Minecraft map.
Here is what I am making with WorldPainter: