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I got this hillshade from my DHM (I used the hillshade-module from qgis). For my purpose there is too much relief detail (roughness). How can I get rid of this in QGIS or GRASS?

hillshade from 1" DHM

Thanks! Martin

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Which hillshade module, Martin? In QGIS Master there are two under the Raster menu:

Raster -> Terrain analysis -> Hillshade


Raster -> Analysis -> DEM(Terrain models)

If you haven't already done so, I should try the second one (set 'Mode' to 'Hillshade'). Also, tick the 'Creation Options' box and enter 'TFW' under 'Name' and 'YES' under 'Value'. Doing this will make a world file for the hillshade tiff, which means that you will be able to edit it in GIMP or whatever to do things like applying blur, without losing the georeferencing (provided that you don't change the image size, that is). Nick.

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Thats a good way to optimize the result of the Terrain Sculpter! Thanks to you again! – MAP Apr 29 '12 at 12:16

If your DHM is a ESRI ASCII grid file, you should definitly give Dr. Jennys Terrain Sculptor a try:!

Look also at this post for converting to ESRI ascii grid:

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Nice! Terrain Sculptor works very fine! – MAP Apr 29 '12 at 12:15
Hi MAP, if this answer was ok for you please accept answer by click the checkmark-button – Kurt Apr 29 '12 at 15:14
Ah, okay! Im new to that kind of "forum"... – MAP Apr 29 '12 at 17:55

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