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Alfar
08-30-2010, 04:50 PM
It's been a while, so I figured I'd play around with the Gimp a bit once again. I think it turned out pretty decently, but the coastline needs work, yeah.

One new thing I did was posterize the height map and then detect edges (laplace) to get height lines, which I used to help me decide where to put rivers.

I should get back in the habit of putting names in using InkScape.

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tilt
08-30-2010, 04:56 PM
I agree the coastline needs some sharpening up :) otherwise nice little island :)

Ascension
08-30-2010, 08:43 PM
I'd use a darker green on the forest but pretty cool stuff.

Alfar
09-01-2010, 08:56 AM
Yeah, definately darker forest. More forest too? I'm thinking about how much I should tie my forests to the rivers, and how much of the river banks should be covered in forest.

What do you think of the mountains? I was working with the smudge tool to make the ridges, trying to get them to support the rivers I had drawn in already.

I started over and got a much better coast line this time around. Also tried the light-from-the-south-east format you seem to favour. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it can look nice. Will post tonight, possibly.

Alfar
09-01-2010, 04:27 PM
Yup, I like this version a lot better.

Still not sure about the amount of forest, though. I know it's not the same place names, I decided to spend a bit more time to get my WordBuilder app to generate some nice ones.
I used InkScape for the curvy texts, imported them as a layer into gimp.

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tilt
09-02-2010, 04:50 AM
much better, I agree :) ... the mountains are a little smooth - I'd roughen them up a bit, put in some crevices and foot hills and such :)

Alfar
09-02-2010, 06:18 AM
Good feedback, thank you. I'll have to see what I can do about foot hills, not entirely sure how to implement them. Crevices I should be able to handle ;)

Diamond
09-02-2010, 03:49 PM
Maybe it's just my eyes playing tricks on me, but all the landmasses look as though they are lower than the surrounding water, and the mountains look lower yet - as if all your elevations are exactly reversed.

Alfar
09-02-2010, 04:53 PM
Maybe it's just my eyes playing tricks on me, but all the landmasses look as though they are lower than the surrounding water, and the mountains look lower yet - as if all your elevations are exactly reversed.

Yes, absolutely. It's the result of my trying out having the light source in the south-eastern corner. It's supposed to be more like a satelite image (of stuff on the northern hemisphere), but it does mess with the eyes when you're used to having light on maps from the north-west. I've had the same feeling with many of Ascension's maps, but it seems I've gotten more used to it by making a map in that style.