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Noven
03-22-2008, 07:54 PM
For some reason I cant get the text to go over the landmasses and trees =/

Noven
03-22-2008, 08:04 PM
NM, I found that if I move the text layer to the bottom, the text shows through. Man, CC3 is easy to draw, but hard to draw well =(

NeonKnight
03-22-2008, 10:49 PM
One of the pitfalls of working with sheets.

Midgardsormr
03-22-2008, 10:57 PM
Yes, compared to the layers in other programs, CC3's sheets are reversed: the items at the bottom of the list are "on top." In reality, the list reflects the order in which things are rendered. The renderer goes down the list of sheets and draws each one, so the last object drawn will be above all the others.

You do eventually get used to the way it works, and you'll speed up significantly. My second continental map took a fraction of the time of my first, although it was much more complex.

pyrandon
03-23-2008, 01:11 AM
Nice map, Noven! Looking good; a good first map to place here.

Make sure to keep us posted with posts as your skills and the map progress.

Noven
03-24-2008, 06:07 AM
Here is an update.

NeonKnight
03-24-2008, 07:24 AM
Ahhhh, the Neverwinter Nights Font. I love it.

Small complaint, but your Fisherman's Cove seems a bit of a misnomer. A cove is small Sheltered Bay, yet yours is approximately 500 miles across :?

Again, just me, your milage may vary.

Noven
03-24-2008, 07:53 AM
Ahhhh, the Neverwinter Nights Font. I love it.

Small complaint, but your Fisherman's Cove seems a bit of a misnomer. A cove is small Sheltered Bay, yet yours is approximately 500 miles across :?

Again, just me, your milage may vary.

A big cove then? =P Naw, I was thinking that it would hve been a name for a small portion, but the entire area adopted the name.

Midgardsormr
03-24-2008, 10:29 AM
A quick suggestion: Could you export in jpeg mode? Bitmaps are a little inconvenient, since most browsers cannot display them. Also, you can get more resolution with a smaller file size since jpeg compresses. You will lose a bit of crispness, though.

I'd suggest PNG, but CC3 seems to export a non-standard image that doesn't display in Firefox.

You have a good eye for where to scatter detail. It might be just a tad too regular, but you've put in just enough extra trees and grass tufts to fill in the spaces without making it look crowded.

You might think about adding a light glow to your text sheet to keep the labels legible over contrasty areas. The Dark Forest, for instance, is a bit difficult.

Noven
03-25-2008, 12:24 AM
How do you add a light glow to the text sheet?

Noven
03-25-2008, 03:59 AM
This is my tentative final version of the continent map. It has all the major labels, and the capitals for the various races. Now I just need to take the map and make regional maps from it. The 1st file has no sheet effects activated and the 2nd one does.

NeonKnight
03-25-2008, 04:40 AM
The map looks good. Would you mind e-mailing me the FCW file of the map?

Noven
03-25-2008, 05:13 AM
The map looks good. Would you mind e-mailing me the FCW file of the map?
Whatcha need it for?

NeonKnight
03-25-2008, 06:04 AM
Whatcha need it for?

I thought I could play with your sheet effects some, see if I can provide a little direct help on your map (i.e. Glow for the TEXT etc).

Midgardsormr
04-02-2008, 12:44 PM
How do you add a light glow to the text sheet?

There should be one there by default, but it may not be big enough to be visible. First, verify that your labels are all on the TEXT sheet. My test map put my text on the land sheet for some reason. Open up the Sheets and Effects dialogue and click on the TEXT sheet. If the default effects are still there, there should be a glow entry already checked. Click on that and choose "edit."

You will see that the Mode is set to "outside," which is good, the color is white, blur strength is 0, and radius is 5. With those settings, the glow will be hardly visible on an overland map. I'd say start with a strength of 2 and a radius of 50, just to see the effect. Once you've got a visible glow, you can play with the parameters until you get something you like.