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ravells
08-20-2012, 06:47 PM
This was a suggestion from vorropohaiah in the suggestions forum which had some encouragement in the poll.

You need to draw at least two maps, (displayed as a single composite image)* one before an event (or series of events) and one after. Everything else is up to you.

There is plenty of room to tell a story with your entry in this challenge. I kind of suspect that the winning entry may have as much (or more) to do with the story told than technical detail...but we will see!

As always we encourage those who are new to the forum to have a go - you will get lots of good and friendly advice and there's nothing like a time limit to concentrate your mind.

The challenge ends on or about 15th September. Go forth and map, and best of luck to everyone!

Ravs

* e.g. two maps, one next to the other, or one map superimposed on top of the other....or something else as long as there are at least 2 maps in your entry.

jbgibson
08-20-2012, 09:56 PM
Oooooh - and if you can keep the filesize down you can do before/after with an animated gif, like so:

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Is a PDF an OK format, since before/after can involve a lot of explanation with the graphics?

ravells
08-21-2012, 04:09 AM
Hi JB, any format is fine.

xoxos
08-22-2012, 03:31 AM
silly question jbgibson of 666 posts,

which app are you using for your gif? photoshop elements only seems to allow the same display time for each frame... tia

jbgibson
08-23-2012, 12:00 AM
Serif's PhotoPlus (http://www.serif.com/) lets you specify in milliseconds, per frame. It also does some automated in-betweening, but I just did a couple of differing percent opacity layers and called it a good enough fade. Their full-price latest version is a decent portion of the capability of PhotoShop for a fraction of the price. Really, their free intro version (https://www.freeserifsoftware.com/) does enough for many folks. I'm using a paid version several back from current and I'm happy.

Obligatory directly on-topic thought ... anybody insane enough to do their before & after (or Sequence of Several) each with a different graphics program?

vorropohaiah
08-27-2012, 03:27 AM
I feel embarrassed only seeing this now, seeing I was the one who suggested it :p

not sure if I have enough time for this one but if I do I have a pretty good idea in mind.

quick question (though I have a feeling I know the answer... can we use an existing original map as a base for the before/after? of course the base map is one thats made by myself.

ravells
08-27-2012, 01:52 PM
Hi Vorro. You cannot use existing maps as part of the final product, it's all got to be new, although there is a bit of grey (eg. a scribbled pencil line you made before the comp would be fine)- use sensible discretion.

vorropohaiah
08-27-2012, 02:03 PM
Hi Vorro. You cannot use existing maps as part of the final product, it's all got to be new, although there is a bit of grey (eg. a scribbled pencil line you made before the comp would be fine)- use sensible discretion.

as i thought, fair enough. what about basing it on a map that youve already made? basically, all my maps i make are somehow related to a conworld ive created so if i do enter this, itll be based on a particular region of that world in various times in its history. is that also a nono?

thanks for the feedback

ravells
08-27-2012, 02:49 PM
Not sure what you mean by 'basing it on' If you're re-using a concept but drawing the map from scratch that's fine...does that help?

vorropohaiah
08-27-2012, 02:51 PM
yeah that's what i mean. sorry about not being able to explain it properly :p

so, now to see if i can remember how to make gifs in PS...

Cunning Cartographer
08-29-2012, 10:11 PM
Wasn't sure whether I would have the time for this one, but as I completed my first ever normal Mapping Challenge in record time I think I'm gonna roll my sleeves up and try and work on this one cause I think I have an interesting idea (though quite out of my comfort zone).

LindaJeanne
09-15-2012, 02:55 PM
The challenge ends on or about 15th September. Go forth and map, and best of luck to everyone!

Ravs


Do you have a more specific time yet? (As usual, I'm scrambling to finish up at the last minute)

ravells
09-15-2012, 04:40 PM
I'll be closing it down sometime tomorrow evening GMT (Sunday).

best

Ravs

LindaJeanne
09-15-2012, 06:27 PM
I'll be closing it down sometime tomorrow evening GMT (Sunday).

best

Ravs

Sweet! An extra day's time! :D