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Rythal
04-29-2010, 08:46 PM
starting a new world map; satellite style. heres the basic landmass

Coyotemax
04-29-2010, 11:44 PM
I like the shape, convincing enough to me :P

Steel General
04-30-2010, 09:44 AM
Looks like a good start.

Shaelic
04-30-2010, 12:48 PM
Good start! I agree, I like the shape. Really like the name as well :)

Looking forward to seeing it develop.

Rythal
04-30-2010, 07:02 PM
thanks! The name is from a song by The Violet Burning, so i cant take full credit for that.

anyways, heres the basic regions/mountains. Will start on blending the regions and making the mountains realistic next

alizarine
04-30-2010, 08:42 PM
I really like the shapes in this map. There are a few 'dot-islands' here and there, but that might be because the images you uploaded are smaller than the resolution you're working at? Either way, this looks promising ^.^

- Alizarine

Rythal
04-30-2010, 10:48 PM
yah, just because of the way I make the coastlines, it has that affect on both the water, which is pretty easiliy dealt with; and the land, which requires every dot to be manually erased.

Rythal
04-30-2010, 10:55 PM
Alright, so I've added textures now and a shallow continental shelf, which will have to be removed when I do the rivers. once the rivers and mountains are done, i'll work on the ocean.

alizarine
04-30-2010, 10:59 PM
This is really coming along. And I hear you about the islands - I spent quite a while manually clearing islands, stray lines, and oddly placed lakes from my world map (way huge file too ... o.o ) That base texture your using is great, and the colors are fantastic. Personally, the outer glow is a bit too cyan (as opposed to the blue of the actual ocean color) but you mentioned you'll be working on that later ^.^

- Alizarine

Rythal
04-30-2010, 11:34 PM
thx!


heres the physical map, with oceans, rivers, and mountains. Now I just have to figure whether I should add political borders, and if so, how.

Ascension
05-01-2010, 12:29 AM
Looks pretty good. You might want to cut the light blue back a bit...closer to the shore. Not the aqua green, the light blue...it kind of goes out too far. IMO. :)

Rythal
05-04-2010, 06:20 PM
Ok, so after deciding I didnt like the general shape of the land, I redid the entire thing. I'm still not pleased with the rivers (maybe because rivers arent normally vissable at this scale), but thatll be next time. Also I changed the mountain slopes to grey from the brown. Oh and I realized that Ilaria is spelt with one L, not two

Rythal
05-04-2010, 08:59 PM
Fixed the rivers, found they were pretty easy to change

Ascension
05-04-2010, 10:09 PM
Much better on the rivers. Nice looking map, just need some labels now.

arsheesh
05-04-2010, 11:38 PM
I love the dark, vivid colors and the grunge look of this map.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

alizarine
05-05-2010, 02:37 AM
Brilliant map - the first version was looking good, but the redo is fantastic as well ^.^ Looks like you touched a bit on the Saderan tutorial? Great colors, and the shapes of the landmasses are awesome. If you still have a base for those land masses (just the exact shapes filled with a single color like white) you can copy that to a new layer and cut out the various nations. Place each shape for each nation on its own layer above the map, add an inner glow in an appropriate color (maybe the main color of the nation's flag, or something) and set each nation-shape layer (with the inner glow) to Multiply [if the shape color is white; if it's black you'll have to set it to Screen]. Since it's also the exact shape of the land (your land and water are on separate layers, right?) the only part of the selection you'll need to be careful with is the actual borders between nations/countries; you won't have to worry about the coastlines at all.

- Alizarine

P.S. you could also use a color overlay over each nation if you wanted the whole nation/country area to be one flat color; lower the opacity to let the geography show through. Of course, that could seriously detract from such a lovely map and would probably be better for more political-oriented map ^.^

Rythal
05-06-2010, 06:00 PM
nope, havent borrowed from saderans tut intentionally, as far as I know.

anyways, heres with labels as well as with alliances

arsheesh
05-06-2010, 06:14 PM
The colors are vivid and stunning, but my favorite feature of your map is the names that you have chosen. They are really quite beautiful.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Natai
05-06-2010, 10:53 PM
Agreed, the colors are beautiful, the names are great, as is the font. I really like the design of the oceans. The dark coloring is unusual, but looks great, especially along with the lighter coastlines. Some of the most interesting oceans I've seen.

alizarine
05-07-2010, 01:04 AM
Wow - the initial maps looked a bit like the Saderan tutorial, but you have really made this uniquely beautiful. I agree that the colors are vivid and gorgeous, and the names are lovely. The shapes of the land are so great and this map just looks stunning. Planning on any more labels? It looks so good right now I'm not sure if more labels would detract or add to it; I hope you plan on more maps like this - maybe some regional maps! Amazing work.

- Alizarine

Rythal
05-07-2010, 07:22 AM
I'm planning on doing a bit of work on the borders, and also labeling the geographic features as well. I dont want to do too much political, so I'll be erasing all of the borders and cities once I'm done with the political and just do geography.

Unforunately today is pretty busy for me, so I wont be able to get around to this for a while

rwaluchow
05-07-2010, 08:48 AM
Beautiful work,

I am impressed. I also agree on your knack for naming; good stuff.

Rythal
05-08-2010, 12:44 PM
Added a black outline of the borders, and added aquatic names. Now, if there are no objections, I'm calling the political map done and moving to geographical naming.

Edit: will upload when the attachment system is back up

alizarine
05-09-2010, 03:52 AM
Wow - lovely map ^.^ Looking forward to the geography naming; you've done an excellent job with this political map, you'll do just as well with the geographic. I love the colors you're working with, by the way - excellent choices, excellent map.

- Alizarine

Rythal
05-09-2010, 11:23 AM
Did the geographical features. any problems with it? I'm getting tired of this map, and I want to be able to call it done soon :P

alizarine
05-13-2010, 03:00 AM
This is so gorgeous; you've done such a great job. There are only 2 very, very minor things that I, personally, would change. 1st: I would reduce the black shadow around the very small text (used for the rivers); it's just a wee bit thick for such small letters (at least for me). 2nd: the text-effect on the names of the landmasses is just fantastic, except for the top-left island where the text goes over the white area it gets quite faint. I can still read it, so I might just be so tired my eyes are going numb ^.^ Both totally personal, subjective points and this map passes by me, at least. Gorgeous map; fantastic political too ^.^

- Alizarine