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Clercon
04-17-2011, 04:36 AM
So I’ve decided to call the Etrakien revisited map done. All graphics are made by me except the compass and the paper I used for background. I found them both here on the guild but can’t remember who made them. If someone else remembers please leave a comment about it and I will edit this first post giving them credit.

Edit1: The forest is actually from Tears tutorial, I've adapted them a bit to make them fit into the style. But he should have some cred for it. Forgot this when I wrote the post.

Edit2: The background texture (the folded paper) is made by Coyotemax. So if you like it he is the one to credit.

So why did I decide to remake the Etrakien map? I was very satisfied with the look of the first version (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?3715-The-world-of-Etrakien) but when the story of the world started to evolve the map didn’t really fit anymore. I also wanted a map that was a bit darker then the first map to more reflect the mood of the world. The first map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?3715-The-world-of-Etrakien) is more colourful and “happy” looking then this second version. Thirdly I needed the world to be a bit bigger.

The scale on the map is not given in km or miles but in the time a bigger sailboat on open sea or individual person travels. The upper side of the scale is for sailing and the lower numbers is for walking (the size of the map is about 2500 km from left to right, if you have to know :-) ).

The map is completely made in photoshop CS5.

And now over to a bit of the story of the world.
The main civilizations of the world are situated around the Etrakien Sea (Etrakiska sjön). In this area a couple of city-states where established maybe a thousand years after the war of the gods that brought the great humanoid civilisation to an end (the exact timeframe isn’t important here, the important thing is that a lot of time has passed). These states where the beginning of a new era in the story of the human race, because after the war ended the humans turned out to be the big winners when it came to adapting to the new circumstances. In all the seven worlds the humans came out on top to become the dominant species.

In the south one particular city-state turned out to be very aggressive and militarised, the Etrakien city-state. This state started to conquer the other states and slowly the Etrakien empire was established (you can see this a bit like the Romans in our own world). On the eastern side of the Etrakien Sea you have a country named Arnor, they also started to expand but where centred on trade instead of war, in the end they established the Arnorian Empire. In the end the two empires clashed and the war went on for a long time, the main area of fighting came to be around the countries Illyrien, Truscia and Karpanien. But the whole area hade to experience the downsides of a long war in one way or another. In the end both of the empires where weakened from the long fighting and barbarians from the north, which both sides had used as soldiers in the war, turned on their masters and made them fall. The northern parts of the world was divided into smaller countries, the Arnorians (Another humanoid race that where the lords in the Arnorian Empire) where pushed back to their island (Arnor) and if it hadn’t been for the walls of the city Ankh-Bathor that stopped the barbarian hordes, the Etrakien Empire probably would have ceased to exist. Now they survived but got heavily weakened and still haven’t risen after that blow.

The countries in the west are originally established by refugees from the two empires that decided to move away from the long war. The one exception is the island-country Perlago that was established long before the great war by humans believing in the one and only true god (which by the other countries seems quite heretic).

The time of writing is about 100-150 years after the big war ended.

eViLe_eAgLe
04-17-2011, 04:56 AM
I really really love this map. I just love how it looks and the mountains and colors.. Just got me.. I also noticed how sometimes when I look at it I feel as if the mountains have hills around them (which I like) and the borders on the town's are just really nice to me... I think you should do a tutorial for this! I would be eternally grateful.

eViLe_eAgLe
04-17-2011, 05:01 AM
I also love the story!

Ramah
04-17-2011, 12:30 PM
Beautiful map, Clercon. Your original was good but this new one is far more to my taste. :)

The paper is maybe one of Coyotemax's.

Btw, what fonts did you use?

Clercon
04-17-2011, 05:22 PM
I really really love this map. I just love how it looks and the mountains and colors.. Just got me.. I also noticed how sometimes when I look at it I feel as if the mountains have hills around them (which I like) and the borders on the town's are just really nice to me... I think you should do a tutorial for this! I would be eternally grateful.

Thanks, and yes there are hills around the mountains. About a tutorial I think that would be hard. First of all I nearly don't have the time to do maps (I have three kids) so it would be hard to get the time to do a tutorial and secondly my work is very unstructured. A lot of layers and trial and errors. But I wont say never........who knows I might find some time leftovers one day :-)


Beautiful map, Clercon. Your original was good but this new one is far more to my taste. :)

The paper is maybe one of Coyotemax's.

Btw, what fonts did you use?

Thanks Ramah, I'm glad you like it. I think the new map more suits the ideas I have of my little world :-)
The fonts I used for the map is TiogaScript for the countries and DaVinciForward (my personal favorite) for the seas.
About the paper it might be Coyotemax's, I have no idea....I really have to try to get the time and look through the forum and try to find the thread I picked it from.

arsheesh
04-19-2011, 07:03 PM
Lovely map! Nice choice on the paper and the compass BTW, it really compliments the style of the map.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Clercon
04-20-2011, 05:36 AM
Lovely map! Nice choice on the paper and the compass BTW, it really compliments the style of the map.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Thanks. Now I just need to get it printed and up on the wall.

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torstan
04-20-2011, 01:42 PM
That's a stunner - beautiful work. I love the colours and the faded worn feel. Great job.

Clercon
04-21-2011, 04:16 AM
That's a stunner - beautiful work. I love the colours and the faded worn feel. Great job.

Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

FarsightX3
04-21-2011, 03:28 PM
Nice work. This looks like it could be a hybrid of CC3 and PS? I really like the S curve for the middle continent.

Clercon
04-21-2011, 04:01 PM
Nice work. This looks like it could be a hybrid of CC3 and PS? I really like the S curve for the middle continent.

Thanks, but it's only photoshop.

Ascension
04-21-2011, 08:01 PM
Congrats, man.

Coyotemax
06-07-2011, 01:11 AM
Yeah i recognize the paper texture :) not worried about credit, they were totally free to use anyhow. It's nice when i see something this awesome and think "hey i recognize those bits" - it's like getting a note from home from one of your kids saying "i'm doing great!" :P
This is a bloody wonderful map. I've been looking for a new wallpaper... Sorry it took so lomg to comment!

Clercon
06-07-2011, 03:48 AM
Yeah i recognize the paper texture :) not worried about credit, they were totally free to use anyhow. It's nice when i see something this awesome and think "hey i recognize those bits" - it's like getting a note from home from one of your kids saying "i'm doing great!" :P
This is a bloody wonderful map. I've been looking for a new wallpaper... Sorry it took so lomg to comment!

Well Thanks for the paper texture, the map wouldn't be the same without it.

FetFnask
07-03-2011, 10:09 AM
Bra jobbat! Eslöv representerar!

(jag är en inflyttad Stockholmare, men ändå)

Clercon
07-04-2011, 04:08 AM
Bra jobbat! Eslöv representerar!

(jag är en inflyttad Stockholmare, men ändå)

Tackar, är förövrigt inflyttad stockholmare själv :-)

Lord Kev
02-01-2012, 09:29 AM
oh man, this is a great map.
one word to it: wonderful. Maybe some day I can do maps like this^^

Giorsoine
02-01-2012, 10:21 AM
This is actually the map that lead me to this website, it is really good. Love the way you explain what you did on the website.

Clercon
02-01-2012, 04:05 PM
oh man, this is a great map.
one word to it: wonderful. Maybe some day I can do maps like this^^

Thanks for your comment. and of course you can make a map like this. It took me five years to develop this style and if I look at my earlier stuff I never thought I would be able to complete something like this. The secrete is practice and reading a lot of tutorials here on the guild. The things I've learned here are amazing, without this community none of my maps would have been possible. And that's a fact!


This is actually the map that lead me to this website, it is really good. Love the way you explain what you did on the website.
Thanks, and I'm glad that you like my website :)

dangerdog15
02-01-2012, 05:21 PM
I love that you said "it's only Photoshop". Photoshop has a much bigger learning curve than CC3. You've done a wonderful job on this map Clercon! Everything's already been said that I would have.

Clercon
02-03-2012, 02:34 AM
I love that you said "it's only Photoshop". Photoshop has a much bigger learning curve than CC3. You've done a wonderful job on this map Clercon! Everything's already been said that I would have.
Thanks dangerdog! As I said before a lot of the things I've learned when it comes to mapping in photoshop I've learned from different tutorials here on the site. But I've also taken a one term course in Photoshop at a university here in Sweden (which sounds much more serious then it is). It is a great program :)

MarkusTay
05-01-2012, 03:21 PM
Another outstanding map - I am in awe.

I love this (and your original) so much, I was thinking of using them with a conversion - pasting Forgotten Realms material onto a different map (I'm finding the canon map a bit boring these days). Would you be adverse to my doing so?

I lost everything (my computer, PS, and all files) to a fire about a year ago, and this would be a great way to jump-start the hobby again for me.

Clercon
05-02-2012, 04:24 AM
Another outstanding map - I am in awe.

I love this (and your original) so much, I was thinking of using them with a conversion - pasting Forgotten Realms material onto a different map (I'm finding the canon map a bit boring these days). Would you be adverse to my doing so?

I lost everything (my computer, PS, and all files) to a fire about a year ago, and this would be a great way to jump-start the hobby again for me.

Hello Markus, and thanks for liking my maps. As long as you intend to use the map for your own gaming group (non commercial) feel free to do as you please. I'm just glad that it comes to use :) If you look at my finished maps you can also find some close up maps of certain areas. Good luck with your gaming :)

MarkusTay
05-02-2012, 11:55 AM
Thank You - I appreciate your sharing this with us, and allowing me to tinker with it.

It would be for the gaming community, not just my own group - would you be adverse to me posting the finished conversion, then? It would be more along the lines of "this is how you can change things in your campaign" - not sure if anyone but me would use it (for their own campaigns). It would just be a demonstration of what can be done (with the Forgotten Realms setting material). I have no intention of making money off of any of it - I am just a hobbyist and this would be more of a mental exercise (and help me get used to GIMP, which I've never used before... I miss my PS).

If you want to see how its progressing, I could even post it here, rather then elsewhere - its entirely up to you how I proceed. At this point, I still have to create map icons, textures, get brushes, etc... starting from scratch all over again (I had a brush I created from the mountains on your first map - it was my favorite).

Clercon
05-02-2012, 03:42 PM
Well as long as it is for nonprofit gaming it is ok, but please state where the original map comes from (for example by linking to this thread). If you like I can send you a version of the map without labels and borders of the countries. In that way it will be even simpler for you to put in your own names. Just PM me your mail if you're interested.

Robulous
05-03-2012, 07:38 AM
I much prefer this version, although for a map at this scale you really need to make the nations and their labels stand out a bit more, they're hard to make out in a sea of green.

Also love the folded paper effect, how did you achieve that?

Clercon
05-04-2012, 03:17 AM
I much prefer this version, although for a map at this scale you really need to make the nations and their labels stand out a bit more, they're hard to make out in a sea of green.

Also love the folded paper effect, how did you achieve that?

Well it's all a question of taste I think. In this map the nations and labels are exactly as they are supposed to be in my opinion.
The folded paper effect you can achieve in many ways, in this particular map I painted the map on top of a paper texture that Coyotemax (a member in the guild) kindly shared.

Clercon
05-04-2012, 03:17 AM
Double post (removed)