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Castles
07-25-2010, 03:13 PM
Welp,

I'm Castles, actually my name is Chris, Castles is my surname. I stumbled upon these forums when looking for points on creating a map to base my world building off for a few short stories I have in the works! Also, I've been looking at some maps by the users here and WOW. I've instantly become fascinated with this hobby (hobby? pastime? not sure what I would categorize cartography as, I know it is a profession).

I'm a graphic design student, so I know my way around PS and illustrator but as for using them as mapping tools that's a little over my head, as of right now.

I've got access to:
Photoshop (legitimate)
Illustrator (legitimate)
Inkscape (Free of course)
GIMP (Free of course)
A small tablet (one of the older bamboos from Wacom)
Pen & Paper

And I'm eager to learn.

Castles.

Jaxilon
07-25-2010, 03:47 PM
You have come to the right place. The tutorials section will get you up and running in no time and since you already know some of the products you are using it will that much easier for you. Enjoy and welcome to the guild.

Ascension
07-25-2010, 03:57 PM
I'd recommend making a map just on your knowledge and see what you come up with before getting biased by any tutorials because you know your way around the software and are studying design as well. The reason I say this is because maybe you come up with something new and cool. If it ends as a flop then by all means dig into the tuts; there are plenty of them and maybe you learn something there that you can use in other endeavors.

Gidde
07-25-2010, 04:06 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

Steel General
07-25-2010, 05:47 PM
Welcome Aboard!

Castles
07-26-2010, 08:02 AM
I'd recommend making a map just on your knowledge and see what you come up with before getting biased by any tutorials because you know your way around the software and are studying design as well. The reason I say this is because maybe you come up with something new and cool. If it ends as a flop then by all means dig into the tuts; there are plenty of them and maybe you learn something there that you can use in other endeavors.

I'll do that. I don't think it's going to be anything very impressive, but nothing really is the first time XD.

Ascension
07-26-2010, 03:44 PM
Exactly. I've been refining my style and techniques since 2005 and I'm still not happy so I will be refining for a long time to come.

Radu Vlad
07-26-2010, 04:06 PM
Hello Cris, and welcome.
I'm a new comer too :D (joined 2 days ago), and also dont have a style or something, but ive drawn some maps and the folks here seems to like them, so by all means give your ideas a go. From what ive seen, I agree with Ascension that some tutorials can set u in some rather predictible way. Its not bad when u got no clue how to draw things, but you try make it from scratch, and u count on your PS skills, something nice and new can pop. Good luck with that, and don't bee a stranger.

P.S. Adds lots of castles, too :D

NeonKnight
07-26-2010, 04:23 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

ravells
07-27-2010, 03:07 AM
Welcome to the Guild...I'd echo Ascension - do try out your own styles first before looking at the tuts.