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Leviathan62089
10-05-2011, 04:46 AM
This map I made using photoshop. It depicts a small village on the edge of a forest. Two rivers flow from mountains far to the east eventually draining into a marshy bog.

I originally began this project as an experiment to recreate forests similar to the ones found in the Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 book, Cityscape. I didn't use any patterns, all the textured looks were created using the default filters. I also didn't use a wacom tablet, this was all with the mouse...

Hope its a worthy addition to the Cartographer's Guild.

Enjoy,
-Leviathan

Steel General
10-05-2011, 06:16 AM
You're attachment doesn't seem to have worked correctly, you may want to try uploading it again.

Leviathan62089
10-05-2011, 01:30 PM
fixed the attachment, all is as it should be now.

eViLe_eAgLe
10-05-2011, 08:21 PM
Nice map! May I ask, how did you do the farm fields?

Leviathan62089
10-05-2011, 09:04 PM
it was pretty easy, it started with the road layer. All that was was a brown and black color done up with the cloud filter, sprayed strokes and paint daubs. I set that layer up with a vector mask filled with black. I then used the pen tool to draw up the main shape and crop lines, stroked the path with small brush that had scattering and spacing settings. Then I added an inner shadow to the layer and altered it's blend mode and opacity. That was it...

Coyotemax
10-06-2011, 04:07 AM
That's really nice. I might suggest turning down the contrast of the folds, they take a bit away from the detail for me.

I like the way you did the swamp!

Steel General
10-06-2011, 06:22 AM
As CoyoteMax said, you might want to 'turn down' the highlights of the folds (especially the main hortizontal one). Otherwise a fine piece of work.

Leviathan62089
10-06-2011, 09:25 AM
@ Coyotemax, I agree with you, problem is I flattened the image after adding the displacement... so to make the folds more natural I'd have to remake them, which isn't such a bad idea because after I had added the creases I did some burning and accidentally made the bottom swamp area too dark as well as the tress near the bottom left and top. by starting back before the creases I could take more care in preserving the colors a bit better. I would also like to lighten the text up a little, as while I was trying for a wooden barrel look it became a bit hard to see the text. Though, since I've already begun my next project, I'll have to split my time up. I may get to it today, maybe not, all depends on my mood.

Coyotemax
10-06-2011, 03:45 PM
oooh flatten is the bane of my existence ;)

according to your profile you're using photoshop - so i have a suggestion (that Ascension pointed out to me)

Instead of using Flatten, create a new layer on top of everything, then do Sht-Ctrl-Alt-E - that creates a flattened composite on the layer you just made, but doesn't flatten the file itself. Then you can run your effects on that, if they require a fully composited image...

arsheesh
10-06-2011, 07:28 PM
Nice map there Leviathan, welcome to the Guild!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Leviathan62089
10-26-2011, 03:24 PM
@coyotemax

After all my years with P-shop... I never had a clue about that little feature! I'll be utilizing that one in the future quite a bit. Thanks for the info, unfortunately it's too late for poor Rivermill, but if I decide to go back to an earlier save then I'll probably utilize it.

Hai-Etlik
10-26-2011, 07:45 PM
White highlights make the map look "glossy", the lighting would look more "diffuse" if you made the background colours lighter or darker rather than just adding white. The forests have a similar problem, it makes them look like they were made by dripping green wax on the map.

Also it's really dark overall, which makes for poor contrast and poor readability.

I'd recommend trying to think about two things while map making:

What information am I trying to convey and how can I convey that as effectively as possible?

How would the in character cartographer I'm mimicking have done this, and how can I best replicate that?

RobA
10-31-2011, 08:59 PM
oooh flatten is the bane of my existence ;)

according to your profile you're using photoshop - so i have a suggestion (that Ascension pointed out to me)

Instead of using Flatten, create a new layer on top of everything, then do Sht-Ctrl-Alt-E - that creates a flattened composite on the layer you just made, but doesn't flatten the file itself. Then you can run your effects on that, if they require a fully composited image...

And for the Gimp users - I'll point out the equivalent is Layer → New From Visible.

-Rob A>