View Full Version : Broca Campaign Map (first Map)

05-30-2012, 09:21 AM
This is my Map for my Pathfinder Campaign, its also my first try at mapmaking.
I did this Map with the help of this tutorial: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?18326-Antique-Tolkien-style-Map-in-GIMP

Currently there are only the settlements of the current sessions on it, but it will be expanded in the future and maybe if I expande my skillset, I will be able to make it better.
any feedback?
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05-30-2012, 09:48 AM
i do like the colours on this one, though the icons and and border are a bit simple, the border in particular seems a bit too thick when zoomed in

05-30-2012, 04:56 PM
I was told that I should mention what programm I use, itīs GIMP.

As for the simple Objects and Borders, these are the ones mentioned in the tutorial, I hope I can make better ones in the future.

05-30-2012, 05:13 PM
To start, I like the colors and layout.

I agree that zoomed in the borders are a bit thick. That said, I really like the coastlines and how jagged and intricate they are. Makes it fun to look at. I also have, and sometimes use the same set of brushes you're using here. Some of them, though, like the skull and crossbones just don't look good. The eyes on it give it a "teehee" look that is just weird.

One other thing, I'd stick to either the red dots for towns or the icons. Having a fuzzy red splotch under the buildings looks off.

05-30-2012, 05:58 PM
I updated the map a little bit...


05-30-2012, 08:37 PM
I have to agree with what others have already said. The colors, layout and coastline of the map are very nice, but the stroke size of the coastline is a bit overwhelming. Unless for some reason you cannot alter it (e.g. either it just is your outline and you don't have another one), I would recommend reducing the size of the outline. Also, the tree icons are a bit hard to make out. You might want to find some that are more clear. Otherwise, not bad.


05-30-2012, 11:09 PM
Also, the tree icons are a bit hard to make out. You might want to find some that are more clear.

As an alternative, making them bigger might work just as well. With icons like that, they probably are not to scale anyway, so I think it might be a net improvement.

05-31-2012, 08:37 AM
For me, the thick stroke along along with the "lakes" that double the line with is just driving me NUTS(not that I had far to go...) It's not that I mind the thick stroke on your continent outline that much, but when you put it with the number of lakes AND with the number of lakes that are in such close proximity to each other or the Sea it's just very distracting. This is especially true for the lakes that are so small as to show no hint of water(ie, just a big black dot). Sooo... my personal opinion would be to change this in some way: reduce the stroke size, kill some of the lakes, etc.

05-31-2012, 09:06 AM
When I have enough Time, I want to get rid of the "1 Pixel Lakes" by deleting them manually, as for the Border I currently have no Idea how I can change the thickness retroactively.

I also would like to add an ripped Paper effect or a crumbled Paper effect, but Iīm still looking for these tutorials or Plugins, maybe someone can point me to them?

05-31-2012, 10:15 AM
When I have enough Time, I want to get rid of the "1 Pixel Lakes" by deleting them manually, as for the Border I currently have no Idea how I can change the thickness retroactively.

Well.. I guess this would depend upon how you actually built up your image. If everything follows a best practice and is on separate layers(assuming Photoshop, GIMP, or some other Layer supporting software), then you just use the fuzzy wand "tool" to select your continent and recreate the stroke. If not, things get a bit harder....

05-31-2012, 01:33 PM
It is on seperate layers, but I somehow canīt manage to get a smaller Border without loosing most of my map.
I think I will try a complete new map, from the same tutorial, but I will make smaller Borders and fewer lakes.

05-31-2012, 01:41 PM
You could probably shave off the excess around the CONTINENT with a simple layer mask that overlaps your line. That would be fairly easy. The lakes are a bit harder. You can handle them in the same way, but it would take more work. The continent would be a simple white on black, which could probably be done with a fuzzy select and color fill. The lakes you would have to add in by hand.

05-31-2012, 11:02 PM
So I managed to thin the Border and remove most of the small Lakes


05-31-2012, 11:06 PM
Much better.. IMHO, you still have to many lakes, and especially to many with islands filling most of the lake's boundries. Also note you need to watch your rivers.... they rarely branch going down stream(example near Angsbug).

05-31-2012, 11:13 PM
Agreed, it's looking allot better. In addition to Jfraz's comments I would also mention that some of the objects in the map (e.g. the buffalo skeleton) look pixelated.


06-02-2012, 08:25 PM
I think i understand why all the lakes-with-islands ... this land is inhabited by sentient beavers, yes? And their dwelling preference is still a moated lodge, even if now those are city-sized.

:-) Do I get a prize for figuring it out?

If the rivers are on a separate layer, I'd just scrap them and start over after you read the "how to get your rivers in the right place" tutorial. At any rate, now the coasts are nicely thin and sharp, the fuzzy rivers clash.

Oh, and welcome to the guild - glad to have you with us !

06-04-2012, 09:59 PM
So I added the other names and the region names.
I decided to keep the Rivers and Lakes, even though they are not Geographical correct.

But Im bothered with the look of the region names, I dont know how I should change them to look better, any suggestions?
I tried adding political Borders, but it just looks crowded. I would like to convey as much information as possible on this map.


06-08-2012, 09:56 AM
Sorry for the double post, but I have found a solution for my Region Name Problem.

The map is finished now, even though I always find one or two things to correct or add.


06-08-2012, 11:01 AM
i much prefer that outine (might be a bit too thin for my tastes now :p)