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Javen
05-28-2010, 11:06 PM
Alright, so this map is already sitting in Finished maps, but I wanted some comments and constructive criticism on it.
It's not satellite colours, but it's close. The colours are purposely bright and contrasting based on elevation.

jwbjerk
05-29-2010, 12:25 AM
I don't know what the scale is, but unless these lands are supposed to be nearly surrounded on all sides by steep cliffs, you need more low elevations- especially on the coast.

Javen
05-29-2010, 02:29 AM
Alright, here's it with the height in general reduced, coastlines added, and the gradient slightly changed. Given that the islands are Mediterranean climate, I felt like only a few peaks should have a heavy dusting of snow. I'm still trying to figure out how to draw detailed realistic colours, so this one is depressingly inaccurate.

alizarine
05-29-2010, 05:18 AM
I really like how you've done this map. The terrain looks excellent and honestly the colors don't detract from the satellite-feel at all. There's a slight "line" between the brown of the mountains the green of the lower lands; dunno if that's 'cause of the way you created the terrain or just my computer. The 'line' doesn't really detract from the overall map, but it sorta gives me the impression that there are sharp cliffs all around the mountain areas in some places. Still a fantastic map.

- Alizarine

Javen
05-29-2010, 05:34 AM
The contrast between the mountains was a problem. I actually fixed that. Now they're more wooded-looking and generally greener. I'll post that when I'm done with other changes.

Javen
05-29-2010, 06:24 AM
Alright. This is a new version. There are several changes. The aformentioned gradient change has made the mountains more green and natural looking.
I also made height maps for the ocean floor that are barely visible below it.
I put a ripple effect on the water for realism purposes.

One thing I'm wondering is how I'll do the cities. This is a modern world and the islands have a significant population. I was considering adding urban sprawl, but I am having trouble thinking of a way to integrate it smoothly considering the map is so colourful. Anyone have ideas?

Rhotherian
05-29-2010, 08:01 AM
Pretty cool map. I really like your latest version. Since the land in the righthand lower corner is cut off, I asume that this map's part of a world. What exactly would the scale be in comparison to the overall world?

Javen
05-29-2010, 03:15 PM
This is for a larger game. That slightly more arid region is called "Emperatium Drakonicum" and is the close ally of my nation. I'm a combination of Slavs, Semetic traders, and Greeks, but he's mostly Greek and German.

I believe the scale we established for the large map was 15km:1px. This one is 125x125 px on the actual map and 1,875 km x 1875km (3,515,625 square km). So the scale is .93 km per pixel, or 281.236 km per inch. Naturally, this is a kinda weird scale. The one I prefer is 70 km per 1/4 of an inch. It's a much easier number to round and comes out to a straight 280 km per inch.

Rhotherian
05-29-2010, 03:49 PM
You mean there's more than just you working on this world? Is this for an RTS-RPG?

Javen
05-29-2010, 04:18 PM
It's actually for a region on NationStates populated by some worldbuilders and roleplayers. We have a couple map enthusiasts on there.

Rhotherian
05-30-2010, 11:41 AM
Ah. Perhaps I should check it out.

Javen
06-01-2010, 02:55 AM
So I was bored and decided to make a map similar to this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Physical_map_of_Romania.jpg.
Hyopria is very much based on the Balkans in general and so I wanted to use a map of an actual Balkans country as a basis. I also split it up into some provinces. Hyopria is quite rural for most of its extent and only seriously urbanized on the coastlines, so borders tend to be very crude.
The first name for some of the stuff in the north is the official, Hyoprian name. The second name in () is the native name, as those two areas are not ethnically Hyoprian but rather Camutian and Navearian. Another thing to note: ţ = ts or zz and ş = sh.

Zar Peter
06-01-2010, 03:04 AM
Looking good!
One critic: The borderlines are a bit too straight.

Javen
06-01-2010, 10:02 PM
Alright, so I was looking at other maps and I didn't like how few rivers there were. So I added some. As a result: Here's the two new maps.

I'm not sure about the rivers but it's pretty hard to change it.

cfds
06-02-2010, 05:23 AM
You have an ugly forking river around Rosfat. Just a warning before the river police knocks at your door...

Javen
06-04-2010, 03:12 AM
Alright. I've been encountering serious technical difficulties and the file is becoming bloated and ugly from all this work - like plastic surgery. I'm going to call this part of this map uncompleted and canned.

However, I have been looking into making an atlas in the style of National Geographic and a2area. This seems easier from a production perspective, considering I had a lot of fun and it wasn't particularly hard to make this terrain map. I've also found that it might be better to make each island separately so as to avoid some of the design problems I've been having (corruption of the height maps).

I'll post an idea of what my main island will look like soon.

Javen
06-05-2010, 12:08 AM
Alright. So I made some stylistic changes to the map which makes it more realistic, and also changed the design.

Now comes the decision whether to take the line art into Illustrator or take rivers and geographic elements from Illustrator into photoshop.
Anyone knowledgable about these things care to give an opinion on the matter?

Javen
06-22-2010, 10:14 PM
Alright, finished the height map and the preliminary Photoshop work. Now into illustrator.