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Dragtroll
05-22-2011, 09:22 PM
This is my first attempt at fantasy cartography. This was mostly following RobA's tutorial and still needs some labeling. I'd appreciate feedback on the look of the terrain and how to make it better: the mountains took forever and the trees still don't feel right.

Steel General
05-23-2011, 07:23 AM
Not bad at all, the mountains could use a bit more definition (and maybe a color change).

jtougas
05-23-2011, 02:25 PM
Looks good. You could try shading the mountains to get a bit more definition from them. Another thing that I do is to duplicate the mountain layer and try various layer styles to make them "pop" I generally use overlay set to a medium opacity but your results may vary. I would also consider shading your forests to get rid of the very regular edges. Overall it really looks good. Nice job. :)

arsheesh
05-23-2011, 03:46 PM
Hey for a first map it's looking really good Dragtroll. Since SG and JT have already covered the mountains, I'll just throw in a suggestion about the forests. Looks like you are using my tut. One of the problems with the original tut (one of these days I'm going to get around to updating it) is that you end up with hard edged forests that don't blend in all that well with their surroundings. Later on I developed a method for helping to blend them in a bit better by adding individual trees. If you scroll down toward the bottom of the trees tutorial thread (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10009-Making-Photo-realistic-Trees-in-GIMP-A-Mini-Tut), you'll find the method I suggest for doing so. Other than that, looking good man.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Dragtroll
05-24-2011, 12:06 AM
Thanks for the speedy feedback. I've added to the mountains and added the single trees to the forests. I decided to draw symbols in Inkscape rather than fuss around with my dingbat fonts, so the new town icons are a bit less fancy. I've realized that the text looks a bit plain and the forests still look a bit odd. Criticism? Suggestions?

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Sergei Zybin
05-24-2011, 06:39 AM
May be little enchantment of mountains by colorwork?

Dragtroll
05-25-2011, 03:12 AM
I recolored the mountains to some degree and generally like the outcome. Aside from meticulous labeling, a border, compass rose, scale, and fancier text, is anything desperately missing?

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Ascension
05-25-2011, 05:36 PM
Any roads or political borders? If not then you hit all the marks above.

jtougas
05-25-2011, 05:39 PM
Looking good. You may want to try a blur on your mountains to get rid of that "ridge" on the top of them (unless you like it and thats fine too. :) ) I think your forests look very good now. :)