View Full Version : Minduril WIP

10-16-2011, 11:08 AM
A map using Ascension's Atlas Style in Gimp for the basic land colors, Torq's mountains using Wilbur and Gimp for high ground and mountains. I prefer to use Autorealm for the land shapes since i can just make the map black and white and skip most of the coastline generation steps in various tuts that way.

This is early of course, not all the mountains or Lakes in it yet.

Any comments?


10-16-2011, 03:18 PM
Those mountains look really nice!!

10-16-2011, 05:10 PM
Hey, you're right, those mountains are nice! You should post a close up of those :)

10-16-2011, 08:07 PM
Thanks, that was done after saving out the ascension process as a .png pic, currently I'm trying it by adding in the wilbur mountains on the hardlight land color layer instead. And yeah Torq's method is nice, it also makes cool loooking lakes I think. I just use the process he outlines in his tut for water instead, to make diff depths, with the upper layers a bit less opaque.

10-20-2011, 06:46 PM
The mountains are great! And the overall coloring is really nice. The coast looks a little too pixelated, methinks...

Big Rob
10-20-2011, 07:27 PM
Ditto here. Nice job !

10-20-2011, 08:52 PM

This is a newer version, some more color and shading work, some mountains and a large (great lakes sized?) lake added on the color layer. I wanted to confine and better control where the desert and badlands ended up so i used an additional mask of just the lower landmass to add the desert areas. Next more mountains and additional lakes and hopefully decent looking rivers. The darker bands are from the height layer i used for the land, after i bumped the colors i put it over top in darken only mode to try to vary the greens, can always reduce it if it's too dark.

Lemme know if you all think it's an improvement or a step back. Thanks for the comments so far.

10-21-2011, 07:59 AM
I personally think it's a bit of a step back.
The mountains the first time were lovely. Now they're tiny and insignificant. The lake edges are also blurry which looks odd compared to clear-cut coastlines. The terrain colours are nice, but it could use a bit more of a change-up with the textures, especially on the northern landmass.

10-21-2011, 03:55 PM
Ok, thanks, i was thinking I'd made them too large the first time for a continent sized map, i can mess with that easily enough, the original generation of them was done in a separate Gimp document at 1024 X 1024 and pasted into the map as a layer. ;) big as ya want 'em that way. As far as blurriness? perhaps that comes from scaling down too far.. Although i did blur randomly over the generated terrain thinking a high level of detail shouldn't show over a large landmass. All that is changeable. I'll post some other ideas for critique.

10-22-2011, 08:28 PM
This has the grid and a simple north arrow added for now plus another mountain and a bit of an attempt to break up the northern landmass a bit, there'll be more mountains and water before it's done but non of the mountains will be appreciably bigger Although i see the point about the first version's mountains, they popped more cause they weren't shaded with the landmass and i'd blended about the same size mountain using more tans and browns. Last one before i finish it and I'm personally satisfied,, btw found the post about Deep Zoom Explorer, way cool, might do a whole world, if it takes me a week or slightly less for one quadrant I'll have a nice world map in quick order.


10-23-2011, 04:53 AM
Have you tried reducing the saturation of the water? The blue is a little... overwhelming.

10-23-2011, 11:48 PM
Have you tried reducing the saturation of the water? The blue is a little... overwhelming.

Ok, i did that and worked on the shoreline and shelf, I'll wait till i get more down before posting another sample though, thanks.

10-31-2011, 11:11 PM
A bit more done, like the ocean but, still not satisfied with the mountains,, would've got further along but I have a bad back lately.
http://i995.photobucket.com/albums/af77/slide18235/my%20pictures/th_minduril.png (http://s995.photobucket.com/albums/af77/slide18235/my%20pictures/?action=view&current=minduril.png)

11-20-2011, 08:31 AM
40093 I've begun some labelling, I also had done some rivers but didn't like them, I'll try using Inkscape for that. This has the Legend in the map but when i finish I'll leave that out since I'll be serving it with the IIpImage server and I have the legend on the webpage I'm doing. *shrug* slow but still working on it.

I'll soon start on adjacent maps for the entire world, then I'll see how hard it is to stich them and how big i can get before the image server melts. :)

P.S. yes, I changed the Ocean perhaps too blue again but, the more I looked at it the more i had the urge to attempt to make it similar to the blue marble image from NASA.

11-20-2011, 01:43 PM
The water looks a lot better now... it seems it was the cloud texture that made the previous "dark" version so dominant.

Labeling looks nice. Are you experimenting to find some colour schema, or will you do the labels in these different colours?

11-20-2011, 02:04 PM
So far as Label colors go, pretty much water the way i have it here, major cities and capitals in the gold, And yet to be determined for other features. I've read Ascension's recommendations for label sizes and the like. Unfortunately I have a terrible habit of not writing things down that I've used, I've come across mountains and lakes messing with variations of some of the Tuts here that I loved the result of, only to fail to reproduce it again. :?

I don't like the idea of doing all the labels using "glossy" so if you have any ideas/favorites let fly. :)

11-20-2011, 05:49 PM
I recommend nice, simple black labels with white outlines. So they don't detract from the artwork of the map itself. Glossy labels are a bit too showy for most maps ... they seem to shout, "Me! Me! LOOOK AT MEE!!!"

11-20-2011, 06:34 PM
Awesome map, I like the colors a lot.

I like glossy labels that scream "LOOK AT ME" cuz sometimes it distracts the River Police. =)

11-20-2011, 06:45 PM
I like glossy labels that scream "LOOK AT ME" cuz sometimes it distracts the River Police. =)

Nothing distracts the River Police from their duty. and you'd just be drawing the attention of the Good Taste Police on top of it. The Geology Police, Geodesy Police, Climate Police, or Economy police, you might stand a chance against though.