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industrygothica
06-28-2008, 07:43 PM
Maybe this has been asked and answered here before, but I can't find it if it has...

I'm not interested in using a VTT for a direct connection to my players, but more to load premade photoshop maps so that I can maneuver the tokens and whatnot, and then export a screenshot to EN World.

The question I have is about resolution... dpi, ppi, csi, fbi, whatever; is there a minimum screen size/resolution that is considered standard? Basically I'd like to make a custom preset size in photoshop that I can just open and start drawing.

-IG

jfrazierjr
06-28-2008, 07:58 PM
Maybe this has been asked and answered here before, but I can't find it if it has...

I'm not interested in using a VTT for a direct connection to my players, but more to load premade photoshop maps so that I can maneuver the tokens and whatnot, and then export a screenshot to EN World.

The question I have is about resolution... dpi, ppi, csi, fbi, whatever; is there a minimum screen size/resolution that is considered standard? Basically I'd like to make a custom preset size in photoshop that I can just open and start drawing.

-IG

For best results, 50 px for "5 foot" square or some higher factor of that is best. Most people make their maps using 100, 150, or even 200px per 5 foot section.

Joe

industrygothica
06-28-2008, 08:13 PM
Bah.. good thing my wife's a math teacher! ;)

Midgardsormr
06-28-2008, 08:30 PM
Here's a breakdown of the steps I use to set my canvas size.

* Make a sketch and estimate a scale for it.
* From the sketch, determine the total width in feet of the area I'll be mapping.
* Pick a pixel-foot scale. For VTT battlemats, that would be on the order of 20 - 40 pixels / foot.
* Multiply the number of feet by the number of pixels in each foot. (A 75' X 125' battlemat at 40px / foot gives an images resolution of 3000 X 5000.)
* Evaluate whether the target resolution seems appropriate and/or useable. If it's too big, adjust the pixels / foot downward. If it's rather small, adjust pixels / foot upward.

If you're designing only for VTTs, dpi settings don't matter at all--you can safely ignore that field.

industrygothica
06-28-2008, 08:44 PM
Thanks guys - I really appreciate your help.

See, that's why I love this site. I know I can ask a question and get at least a couple of good answers fairly quickly. You guys rock.

-IG

Ascension
06-28-2008, 08:46 PM
I read the Dunjinni forums for pointers there. If I remember rightly, they all seem to prefer 200px per 5 foot when doing encounter maps, but will settle for 100 or 150. For city or regional maps I don't know though, maybe in the CC3 website forums.

Midgardsormr
06-28-2008, 08:48 PM
That'd be 40 px / foot, then. I'll adjust my earlier advice to suit.

Incidentally, as Gamerprinter pointed out some months ago, if you design at 200 px / 5 feet, 200 dpi, and a printed scale of 1" = 5 feet, your printed image res and VTT image res are identical.

delgondahntelius
06-28-2008, 09:19 PM
That'd be 40 px / foot, then. I'll adjust my earlier advice to suit.

Incidentally, as Gamerprinter pointed out some months ago, if you design at 200 px / 5 feet, 200 dpi, and a printed scale of 1" = 5 feet, your printed image res and VTT image res are identical.

ooooo... 200px/5' and 200dpi equal to 1"=5' is a very very handy little tip ... thanks for pointing that piece of info out ... and thanks to GP for all his industrious work for printed battle maps and ratios of screen to print .... I love you guys :D

Redrobes
06-29-2008, 08:55 AM
Just in case you havent seen this thread...