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Diamond
12-26-2010, 11:19 PM
I put this together over the last couple of days, mainly to play with different textures, etc. I tried to do a subtle texture application to the mountains; it turned out okay, although I still want to perfect it further. The distressed paper was made by http://hardwayjackson.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d1xszys at DeviantArt. Fonts used were Roman Antique and Monotype Corvisa.

This is the western part of a tropical continent; this part is overshadowed by the Vasarian Empire - the so-called 'Dark Empire', due to their necromancer priest-queens. It's kind of an Egyptian/Arabic mash-up. The nations to the north and east of it are more traditionally Arabic, while the jungle nations in the northwest are an Aztec/African fusion. Far to the east are plains/Mongol barbarians.

mearrin69
12-26-2010, 11:57 PM
That's some nice stuff! A very calming map. Have some rep for it!
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Jaxilon
12-27-2010, 12:03 AM
Awesome map Diamond. I like it a lot. Nice compass too.

arsheesh
12-27-2010, 12:03 AM
Diamond you never fail to disappoint! Enjoy some meager rep from me as well.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Diamond
12-27-2010, 12:18 AM
Diamond you never fail to disappoint!

Thanks? I think? :D

TheRedEpic
12-27-2010, 12:51 AM
This is just fantastic, and very very well executed. The style, texture, and color palette are all superb:) I was wondering on how you did the trees, meaning they all look like the same tree but used repeatedly, could you tell me how you did that? Thanks!

~Jared

Diamond
12-27-2010, 01:07 AM
Trees: simple but time-consuming. I just drew a tree, scanned it, and made a brush out of it. Then I placed every one individually (the time-consuming part :D). The layer's set at 50% opacity (trees are black 000000) so they look like they blur out a bit and take on some of the background color.

Vorhees
12-27-2010, 01:45 AM
Love this map looks great , Repped

Sapiento
12-27-2010, 03:04 AM
I can only repeat my dA comment: beautiful!!!

Kikouk
12-27-2010, 04:41 AM
I do like everything, that one is just amasing!
Like it has been said, the color palette, the style and everything are really nice, and the result make me jealous of your talent!

Diamond
12-27-2010, 06:17 AM
Thanx for the comments and rep, guys. I appreciate it!

Katto
12-27-2010, 07:27 AM
Beautiful map!

Eilathen
12-27-2010, 07:59 AM
Another Diamond-map (yes, that should be a quality label :D ;) ). Well done!

Steel General
12-27-2010, 03:17 PM
Nicely done Diamond!

JDCt
12-27-2010, 03:39 PM
A very beautiful map! Well done!

Slylok
12-27-2010, 07:05 PM
Love it! My wife was trying to tell me something while I was observing your map and when she realized I wasn't paying attention to her she looked at the screen and said "Babe, why are you all in to Dranthia?" what could I do but laugh and point out all the superbness that is Dranthia? She agreed and commented that she really liked the color scheme. I am now sleeping on the couch tonight for being more interested in a map than my own wife...J/k lol.

Excellent work Diamond:)

Diamond
12-27-2010, 07:25 PM
My pleasure; anything I can do to sow marital discord... :D

Ascension
12-27-2010, 07:26 PM
I'll make sure that she enjoys her evening nonetheless :) Superb map, bro.

arsheesh
12-27-2010, 07:29 PM
Thanks? I think? :D

Oh yeah, guess that was a little ambiguous huh? I meant to say, "you never disappoint!"

CC_JAR
12-27-2010, 11:08 PM
Trees: simple but time-consuming. I just drew a tree, scanned it, and made a brush out of it. Then I placed every one individually (the time-consuming part :D). The layer's set at 50% opacity (trees are black 000000) so they look like they blur out a bit and take on some of the background color.

It wouldn't be as time consuming if you set the brush options to scatter trees, I'm not really sure how to explain it, but in PS CS3 there's a row of buttons vertically beside the mini-pic and layers bar, click the one that looks like brushes in a cup, and click scatter, adjust the sliders to suit your needs..
You may also want to use the marquee (selection box) or better yet, the lasso tool to select your wooded areas and not have trees scattered into the river when you paint.

Jaxilon
12-27-2010, 11:23 PM
You can also use the Tree thing Ramah built but I did the same thing in my last commission piece, as far as hand stamping every tree.....was a lot of freakin mouse clicks. :)

Diamond
12-28-2010, 06:31 AM
I've tried using the scatter technique, and it just doesn't give me the fine placement control I want. With Ramah's forest program, I always think the results look too regular and mechanical; it's a great time-saver, but I like the precision of putting them thar trees in one at a time.