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gmtx725
05-10-2008, 10:40 AM
Hello all, I'd just like to introduce myself.

I've been making constructed worlds for years and the maps to go along with it. I've posted a few samples of what I've done below, these were made entirely with photoshop on the mac.

I found this site yesterday and was thrilled, there isn't really any other good places I've found online for advice and tips on mapmaking, so this place really is an amateur cartographer's dream.

Here's some of my work:

http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/3192/mapco3euk5.th.jpg (http://img125.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mapco3euk5.jpg)

http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/9761/worldmap5mo6.th.jpg (http://img131.imageshack.us/my.php?image=worldmap5mo6.jpg)

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/4935/worldmapclimaticcv4.th.jpg (http://img508.imageshack.us/my.php?image=worldmapclimaticcv4.jpg)

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/6425/alyrafinishedee6.th.jpg (http://img255.imageshack.us/my.php?image=alyrafinishedee6.jpg)

delgondahntelius
05-10-2008, 12:16 PM
Greetings and Welcome to the Guild, Outstanding work and I look forward to seeing more of those great looking maps :)

NeonKnight
05-10-2008, 01:03 PM
Welcome! Not too many MAC users here (I think), so welcome!

Torq
05-10-2008, 06:50 PM
Hey gmtx725! Welcome to the guild. I really love your work. I'm sure that you're going to find all you need here. We have plenty of people who know much and some great characters. Oh, and post often.

Torq

ravells
05-12-2008, 06:18 AM
Lovely maps, gmtx! Glad you found us and hope to see more of your maps soon!

pyrandon
05-12-2008, 11:06 AM
Great work! I really enjoy your style. So glad you found the Guild & joined up.

RobA
05-12-2008, 12:14 PM
Hello gmtx725!

I like the first map, especially, but was thrown by the "land is lighter" convention you used. Once I realized that the whole thing made sense. (Kind of like looking at those vase/two face pictures. My brain kept bouncing between the two...)

-Rob A>

jfrazierjr
05-12-2008, 12:46 PM
Hello gmtx725!

I like the first map, especially, but was thrown by the "land is lighter" convention you used. Once I realized that the whole thing made sense. (Kind of like looking at those vase/two face pictures. My brain kept bouncing between the two...)

-Rob A>

Heh... ditto. I like the maps also, but like Rob, my first thought was... "hmmm.. why did he put mountains in his ocean?" And then it hit me that you have the colors opposite of what my expectations were.

Joe

RPMiller
05-12-2008, 01:20 PM
Welcome to the Guild gmtx725! For those that mentioned the reversing effect of the colors, there is an interestingly easy solution to that. If you flip the map so the land is at the top, the colors suddenly work. It has to do with a subconscious analogy that the brain makes. The land is "above" the water.

gmtx725
05-12-2008, 02:06 PM
Hello again everyone, thanks for welcoming me, and for the positive response to my maps! I get the light/dark issue with the land and sea, I did the first and the fourth maps differently to see which one looked better, but yeah, it does throw you off a bit if you don't know which way round it is.

I'm surprised there's not that many mac users here- I find it great for mapping. Mind you, photoshop is almost identical to the windows version, so I'm sure there will be plenty of people with experience on that. I've tried using GIMP as well on Linux (I have a windows-free household!), but found it hard to get used to once having learnt all the skills in photoshop- It really is a great program once you get to know all the little perks and features. In particular the navigation on it is great- I draw with a mouse, which isn't great, so you really need a good zoom feature that lets you draw close up but still maintaining your overall orientation within the map.

Once again, thanks for the great welcome, I'm really happy I've found this board, it'll be great to learn and share new techniques

cheers
gmtx

StillCypher
05-12-2008, 03:29 PM
All right, another Mac user! Good work and... good work! :)

I especially like the look of the Northern Saldiva map, but the (very nice) text doesn't completely match the wonderful hand-drawn look of the map itself...

GM's Apprentice
05-15-2008, 05:25 PM
Welcome!

I'm actively campaigning for any "sketched" symbols that I can snag and put into a compilation for cartographers to use. If you have any material you'd like to donate, please post them here in the MAPPING ELEMENTS thread.

Note: the CSUAC material is available for commercial use. The only limitation I put on it is that the material cannot be used to support an icon-library. You can find the downloads at the GM's Apprentice (see sig)