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Mordain
04-29-2010, 01:13 PM
Hi! I found this place yesterday after a long desperate search to find some mapmaking tutorials and wow, you guys do not disappoint. I've been drawing maps as a hobby for years (mostly just outline sketches and political maps), and I'm looking to refine the techniques. I'm a fairly new GM, with one D&D 3.5 (yeah, we're old-fashioned) running currently and a 4E game coming up soon, but possibly looking to do maps for some collaborative fiction sometime in the near future as well.

I use Photoshop CS3, which makes it a little harder I think, but even so I've found a lot just in one day and wanted to say thanks.

Maybe sometime I'll have something worth posting. ^^;

Steel General
04-29-2010, 01:29 PM
Welcome Aboard!

There are plenty of fantastic photoshop tutorials here - and most should work with the version of PS you have.

arsheesh
04-29-2010, 01:53 PM
Welcome to the Guild Mordain! Looks like you've already found the tutorials section. As far as software goes, PS is generally considered one of the best forms of software for mapping so looks like you are set there as well. My encouragement would be to just pick a tutorial and start mapping. If you post an early WIP others here can have a look and provide helpful feedback. Well, happy mapping!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

mearrin69
04-29-2010, 05:47 PM
Yeah, PS is tough but versatile...and we've got lots of tutorials here that will help you with it. Welcome to the Guild.
M

Ramah
04-29-2010, 06:06 PM
Welcome to the guild.

I'll echo the other sentiments said that Photoshop doesn't make it tougher. Once you master some of the tutorials you'll be knocking maps out in no time. And I have bog-standard CS so don't worry that your version isn't the latest.

NeonKnight
04-30-2010, 08:38 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

Redrobes
04-30-2010, 08:51 AM
Welcome


Hi! I found this place yesterday after a long desperate search to find some mapmaking tutorials.

Can I ask what it was that you searched for which prevented/enabled you to find this place ? I keep thinking that were quite big here with 20K or so members of which about 2K active and so many maps on the finished forums that's its been a pain to index them all. But we keep hearing that people stumble upon this place or have trouble finding something like us until they find us. I think were missing something so that search engines or links point to us.

Korash
04-30-2010, 01:23 PM
Welcome

Can I ask what it was that you searched for which prevented/enabled you to find this place ? I keep thinking that were quite big here with 20K or so members of which about 2K active and so many maps on the finished forums that's its been a pain to index them all. But we keep hearing that people stumble upon this place or have trouble finding something like us until they find us. I think were missing something so that search engines or links point to us.

This had me thinking so I went and did a google search for "Map Tutorials" and after 14 :O pages there STILL was no Guild link.... Searching for "Photoshop Map Tutorials" had pyrando's tut A Medieval Town Map Tutorial in Photoshop (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?1150-Award-Winner-A-medieval-town-map-tutorial-in-Photoshop) (excelent tut by the way) come in on the third page.

Wish I understood web searches better......

Oh yeah, Welcome to the Guild Mordain :) I am sure you will find all sorts of .... distractions here ;)

Jaxilon
04-30-2010, 01:59 PM
Welcome to the guild, I'm glad you finally found us.

I also did a search in Google but used: "Fantasy map tutorials" and this got a 5th place hit for us. However, when using just "map tutorials" it seems like we fall off the edge of the earth.

alizarine
04-30-2010, 02:30 PM
Hey ^.^ I just joined a few days ago myself, and I use PS for all my maps. I'll be trying Illustrator at some point, but Photoshop is a brilliant application all by itself ^.^ If you're looking to try some a realistic-ish-style (^.^; ) map, definitely check out the tutorial "Creating Mountains and Other Terrains in Photoshop" by Pasis. Sorry I don't have a link - I grabbed it in a PSD and printed it to have on hand ^.^ Good luck with your mapping, and D&D 3.5 will never be lost forever!

Steel General
04-30-2010, 03:45 PM
I'm wondering if that's something Arcana needs to check into when/if he changes providers .

RobA
04-30-2010, 04:25 PM
We have never perused SEO. One of the issues is google ranks by sites linking to a sire, which we have few.

http://www.google.com/search?q=link%3Acartographersguild.com

shows only 62 links in to this site.

We may have to have a "link to/blog/about/stumble upon" party in the future.

I think many folks come here, and stay here, and are happy to be here, but don't spread the word via posts outside here much.

-Rob A>

Gidde
04-30-2010, 10:34 PM
Welcome to the guild!

Incidentally, I ended up joining after three separate google searches in one day led me to different posts in the forum, so in my experience our SEO is great ;)