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12-13-2010, 12:41 AM
Hey all,
I am dabbling with creating some 'computer screen' maps. Think those nice bright green maps used in Sci-Fi or similar styles.

Has someone created a tutorial to do that sort of thing? At the moment I'm looking to basically update these quickly-thrown together jobs I've done as part of a game project (http://juggernaut1981.blogspot.com/p/map-of-vtes-sects-around-world.html).

All help or pointers are greatly appreciated. I'm going to be working with GIMP mostly, since Inkscape is still a very foreign entity to me.

12-13-2010, 11:02 AM
Hi Juggernaut...do you mean something like this? Not sure I can help you with gimp procedures but the lines are made by using the 'halftone' filter in photoshop or just a tiling line fill set to the appropriate blend mode.

12-13-2010, 11:32 AM
I tried to do something like that in my New York challenge map, if you want to take a look (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30393&d=1287942295).

The ideas I came up with to make things look like digital readouts were
--to overlay a square grid shrunk down reeeeeally small in order to give the impression of pixels wherever there were fields of color
--apply a soft 'outer glow' effect to just about everything on the 'screen'
--Wireframes (with variable width to imply depth) with an 'outer glow.' I would probably do something similar with the environment's contour lines--easy to do since those look like real-world maps, so getting contour line maps would probably be a piece of cake.
--emulate the UIs that we might have seen in super cheesy, late eighties to mid-nineties sci-fi/hacker films (anything from Tron to Johnny Mnemonic.)

12-13-2010, 04:11 PM
I already have them as outlines. It's just getting the look right... I will also need to colour it... so I'm guessing we should be going for C64 Double-Dragon Colouring?

12-13-2010, 11:02 PM
Here'e one I made a while back that might give you some gimpy inspiration!

-Rob A>

12-14-2010, 05:38 PM
Um... Where? :P

12-15-2010, 01:18 AM
Um... Where? :P



-Rob A>