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vincent052994
12-23-2011, 11:38 AM
My First Map that I made using Photoshop CS3 together with an aid of basic tutorial videos and a little bit tweaking on the island effects.

Indicators:
- Mountains are in Dark Brown
- Rivers (well obviously, it is blue. :D)

The name of the island is Sperhatym, based on the fantasy novel that I am working right now.

Criticisms are open for more improvements. :)

eViLe_eAgLe
12-23-2011, 05:02 PM
Woe, im not river police but you sure have some crazy rivers my man. If im correct they can't split but only join, and they don't connect oceans. Anyway, thats my cent, good job and keep it up.

Veldehar
12-23-2011, 05:20 PM
As a first time run at mapping with CS3 I think the effort is solid, with the land mass having potential.

Two things immediately jump out at me. Excessive blur and the rivers don't seem to make a whole lot of sense. I know there are some good threads on rivers, I would certainly look around for those while also looking at more real world maps and their river systems.

Hai-Etlik
12-23-2011, 05:26 PM
Yeah, the rivers are really wonky, and I don't see why you would blur the whole thing like that.

jbgibson
12-24-2011, 12:55 AM
Hey, Vincent - welcome to the Guild!

Please take a good look at Redrobes' tutorial How to Get Your Rivers in the Right Place. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?3822-How-to-get-your-rivers-in-the-right-place&p=42630&viewfull=1#post42630) That'll stop your water from flowing uphill, or whatever odd thing is happening on Sperhatym :-).

The blur isn't doing anything good for you. It may be useful at some point in the construction of your landforms, but you'll pretty soon want to sharpen it up - maybe a threshold operation of some sort? I know nothing of Photoshop with which to advise you - sorry.

vincent052994
12-24-2011, 03:40 AM
Thanks for the comments guys! Hope I'll improve on my first map.