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Vaxcelor
05-14-2011, 12:27 AM
Hello! Once long ago I came across this site, and forgot it for a few years. Now that I have an interest in fiction writing, I thought it would be a good idea to learn how to draw nice maps to go with my stories. I've been told that this is one of the nicest and most helpful communities on the internet. Hopefully I can contribute to that!

Steel General
05-14-2011, 08:10 AM
Welcome Aboard!

jbgibson
05-14-2011, 03:50 PM
Welcome, Vaxcelor. Give us a little info on what you like to write, and what aspect of it you want maps to add to. Do you have access to graphics tools already, or are you at the pre-selection stage?

jtougas
05-14-2011, 05:47 PM
Welcome to the Guild. There are plenty of writers here that would love to help. :)

Vaxcelor
05-14-2011, 09:04 PM
I tend to write anything from mind bogglingly cliche high fantasy to Poe-esque horror. H. P. Lovecraft is a huge influence.

I have GIMP, and 27 days left of a Photoshop trial. I have previously dabbled with some of the free map designers, but those are more geared towards dungeons, whereas I am looking at overland mapping. Do you have any recommendations?

jtougas
05-14-2011, 09:17 PM
If you plan on staying with GIMP there are several very good tutorials for making overland maps. I use GIMP pretty much exclusively and I find it to be a great tool for all kinds of maps. :)

danjr
05-14-2011, 10:14 PM
Welcome.

Yes this is a great community, so helpful and nary a bad thing to say.

Larb
05-14-2011, 11:41 PM
If you cannot acquire a copy of Photoshop, I would recommend sticking with GIMP. Steeper learning curve imo than say, CC3, but worth it I think. And GIMP is very sophisticated for an open source thing. And yes, this is a great community full of talented and friendly, helpful people.

SilenBlade
05-15-2011, 06:32 AM
Also you can buy adobe elements, my map was made in adobe photoshop elements it's very cheap and good for maps :D

Vaxcelor
05-15-2011, 04:03 PM
I've always found GIMP's UI to be agonizingly inefficient. Though, that's probably because I've not used it enough to become used to it.

jtougas
05-15-2011, 04:09 PM
I've always found GIMP's UI to be agonizingly inefficient. Though, that's probably because I've not used it enough to become used to it.

I can't comment on any other graphic program as GIMP is all I've ever used (apart from a VERY brief foray into CC3 which for me was a bit too limiting) As far as the UI goes it is customizable. :)