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Saule
10-13-2011, 11:36 AM
This map was mostly a challenge to myself. Firstly I wanted to make a map in a hand-drawn style without using any icons/brushes made by others. The other was to work with just one colour. I started out with black, but switched to white very quickly, which I think worked just as well, if not better.

I'm pretty happy with this, especially the mountains. This was my first time creating my own brushes and I think they turned out quite nice. The only thing not created by me is the background texture, for which the credit goes to coyotemax.

ravells
10-15-2011, 06:48 AM
Interesting idea to reverse the colours out like that...very original!

mearrin69
10-15-2011, 10:03 AM
Definitely a cool look. Were the Ravenloft boxed set maps reversed out like this? Don't remember for sure but this sort of reminds me of them for some reason. Nice work!
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Lukc
10-15-2011, 10:59 AM
The only thing I would add is a light gaussian blur to take off the hard edges on the lines. Those always bother me for some reason :S.

ravells
10-15-2011, 12:42 PM
I did a very quick levels adjustment in PS to make the lights stand out a bit more....not sure if it's an improvement.

Saule
10-15-2011, 12:52 PM
Thanks for all the comments! I actually did do a gaussian blur around the shorelines, but not very strong, I found that blurring it more didn't really give the smoothness I was looking for, just made it more blurry ;). I'd have to check if I can find a method which makes the lines a little smoother, because I do see the problem.
As for the 'different' background, I like the original version better. It's true that the lines don't 'pop' as much, but it feels more natural, like real paper.

Lukc
10-15-2011, 03:03 PM
Hmm ... I know what you mean. Gaussian can be quite hit-and-miss. Maybe a wand tool selection of the whites, 2 pixel reduction and some feathering or something ... anyway, a minor quibble for a cool map ;)