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vman3force
08-12-2011, 12:19 AM
After getting so much positive feedback from last month, I thought I might start taking part in more of these challenges. Its good for my mapping muscles. Probably wont be able to as much after school starts back up, but I've got big plans for then too, which you'll hear about later.

Anyways, for this one I thought I'd do something kind of personal. I come from North Carolina, home to many mountains. One of my childhood favorites is this very strange one called pilot mountain. It's always seemed kind of surreal, and there are mystical stories surrounding it and the native Cherokee indian tribes.

So I was thinking of that and I've been thinking about Fallout and retro-futurism a lot; I decided to use it as the location for some kind of cold war-esque military station, like a satellite relay outpost or something. A little photoshopping today produced this:

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And here's my first draft of the base of the map, using a park guide map and a topographical map as reference:

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And I realize that the shadows of the mountains dont match up entirely with the topographical lines - I was using two different maps as reference for those elements so I'll have to go back and negotiate them into agreement with one another.
Its a start, I suppose. Not entirely sure where Im going to go with it, maybe some kind of declassified secret intelligence document or something. We'll see.

Tony.m.meijer
08-12-2011, 03:39 AM
Sounds like a cool idea, good luck.

tilt
08-12-2011, 04:18 AM
nice... looking forward to seing more :)

vman3force
08-12-2011, 05:54 PM
Did a little more work on the map base today. Added height markers, noodled with a couple other things. Still thinking about the layout of the Fort.

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Tony.m.meijer
08-13-2011, 05:57 AM
Did a little more work on the map base today. Added height markers, noodled with a couple other things. Still thinking about the layout of the Fort.

Interesting, how did you generate that image? Specifically how did you generate the hight-lines?

vman3force
08-13-2011, 01:11 PM
The height lines were done in Adobe Illustrator, using a topographical survey as reference.

Little update, added a grid key and a few little icons. The grid squares holding points of interest will be mapped separately from the large map, on a larger scale.

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Diamond
08-14-2011, 02:20 PM
This is a cool idea!

vman3force
08-14-2011, 02:49 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Today I added the insets for the points of interest, and mapped out the communications bunker south of the giant satellite dish.

I realized the colors look wonky because I'm using values outside of the range of the web. I'll have to go back and fix that I suppose. Does anyone know how to change color settings to web-friendly in PS after the fact?

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tilt
08-17-2011, 03:31 PM
webfriendly colors were created to make sure your websites looked good on old monitors. The last years however, it normally shouldn't be a problem.

vman3force
08-17-2011, 05:44 PM
Well then it must be something else- heres the jpeg file on my computer (left) next to it uploaded on the site (right)
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See how much greener it is after I uploaded it? Hmm, a mystery...

vman3force
08-18-2011, 06:34 PM
Small progress:

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RobA
08-19-2011, 11:13 AM
Well then it must be something else- heres the jpeg file on my computer (left) next to it uploaded on the site (right)

See how much greener it is after I uploaded it? Hmm, a mystery...

I'm guessing your edit application is using a different colour profile than your browser.

-Rob A>