View Full Version : fantasy map iconic island - question for torstan

02-02-2013, 08:54 AM
Hey torstan how do you set these map packs up? From RPG site it says 11 x 17 @ 300 dpi, is this what you actually set them at or do you double the size to 22 x 34 and at 300 dpi? And while I'm pestering you ;) what's your preferred programs PS or Gimp, Illustrator etc. I know you've made suggestions for alot of different software, just wondered your workflow preference. Nice new map btw.

02-02-2013, 09:52 AM
Feels like this could have been done via private messaging?

02-04-2013, 08:50 AM
It's fine, it's a more general question about map pack structures.

I create my maps at the required final print size. Usually it's single page letter - 8.5 by 11 - at 300dpi. In this case it's 11 by 17. I've done higher resolution a couple of times, but there's really little need and it ends up taking more time in the end, for little gain.

I now illustrate almost exclusively in Photoshop, though I mean to get better at Illustrator.

02-04-2013, 03:48 PM
Thank you sir :D I wondered if you felt whether or not it was worth it to draw oversize and then reduce for better print resolution at 300 dpi, so thanks. I think this helps newbie PS users like me to visualize the scale of digital drawing elements when we have an 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14 actual size reference to go by.