View Full Version : Sylvarre Regional Map in GIMP

06-19-2010, 06:20 PM
This is my first attempt to create a map using RobA's "Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional RPG Map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?1142-Award-Winner-Using-GIMP-to-Create-an-Artistic-Regional-RPG-Map)" and "Simple Mountains in GIMP (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4335-Simple-Mountains-in-Gimp)" tutorials, along with Arsheesh's "Making Photo-realistic Trees in GIMP: A Mini-Tut (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10009-Making-Photo-realistic-Trees-in-GIMP-A-Mini-Tut)". Thanks to the both of them for the great tutorials!

This was the first time I used GIMP (or really any program) to attempt mapping. Back in the day it was all graph paper and pencils/colored pencils. I like these results much better!

The forests took me a lot longer than they probably should have. I'm using GIMP for Mac, which, I think, ended up giving me slightly different results in some cases than the tutorials. Once I figured out a little bit of why and how different filters worked, I was able to tweak the instructions. I'm still not thrilled about the title banner, but decided it was good enough for my first try. I attempted to make river basins for the rivers which worked slightly (although it is hard to see). Another error in making the rivers (not sure what I did, but the river outline for coloration ended up being larger than the width of the rivers) ended up creating the more fertile looking (greenish/blue river border) edges. I like the way it looks so hopefully I can repeat that in the future.

-Edit- I would also like to make a more jagged looking coastline. I think the step that should have done that did not work for me. Similarly, I had to hand-erase the banner to create the torn effect (the tutorial method did not work for me).

I would like to make a larger atlas style (less photo-realistic at least) map for the whole world. Does anyone have recommendations for a good GIMP tutorial for that?

Comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated! :D


06-19-2010, 07:41 PM
That looks really good. Nice job.

Steel General
06-20-2010, 08:44 AM
Way better than my first attempts...

06-20-2010, 08:49 AM
very nice little first map - the banner is a little blurry, but the map itself is looking good.. have some rep for your first map :)

06-21-2010, 12:53 PM
That turned out nicely Solo! To answer your question, Gidde has recently done a nice little hand-drawn style tut (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10655-Hand-Drawn-Mapping-%28for-the-Artistically-Challenged%29) for GIMP that might just be what you are looking for. Oh, and have some rep for finishing your first map!


06-21-2010, 02:01 PM
Thanks everyone! And that's perfect Arsheesh, I'm going to give it a shot.

06-28-2010, 01:31 AM
that's really good for a first attempt, a couple more maps and you'll be a pro ;)

06-28-2010, 08:48 AM
Nice coloring. What I don't like about it is the aspect of the land, all those limbs coming out, other than that it's superb.