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luc126
07-22-2013, 07:44 PM
Hi there, Im new to this forums.
I recently got the Photoshop program, so I just wanted to show you the first map I created with it.

Im using it for a fantasy novel Im writing. It is inspired by the rise and fall of the Abbasi Caliphate, so you have to imagine it kinda like the arabic landscape (dessert, mountains,...).

ts not professional, but anyway I hope you like it.

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6822/kivf.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/827/kivf.jpg/)

Eilathen
07-23-2013, 08:38 AM
Nice start, luc. Maybe add some color? That would also make it easier to recognize what kind of climate you are aiming for.

And you do have some river issues. The river that splits by the City Al Jazdir for one. River very rarely split downriver...river normally only merge. Now, you might have some fantasy explanation why the river splits that way (then ignore my comment ;) ) but on earth, that is a situation that is very unlikely.

Phew, never thought that i'd be one of those people who lecture about river stuff :D How about a river police badge for me, eh?! ^^

luc126
07-23-2013, 10:21 AM
Thank you for your reply, Ellathen.

The river that splits down is supposed to be like a kind of delta, like que Nile delta (even its name, the Nuhbis river is inspired by the Nile). I dont really know too much about geography, though hehe so thanks for the advise. Ill make a research about it ;)
By the way, I uploaded also the coloured map, even Im not sure which one is better.

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/2081/umt8.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/umt8.jpg/)

Diamond
07-23-2013, 08:34 PM
I like the colored one better. Simple, clean, nice layout; what's not to like?

Viking
07-23-2013, 08:50 PM
Yea it looks good. Just maybe add a border and a compass.

Lingon
07-24-2013, 04:49 AM
The colored version looks awesome! It really comes across as a hot, dry land.

The river delta looks a bit big compared to the length of the river, I have to say. Probably not impossible though. Maybe, I'd try adding some subtle green around it, to suggest that it's more fertile land there…

- Max -
07-24-2013, 10:36 AM
Pretty good. I'd rather use paths tool to build curved labels than PS curved text effect though to avoid font bad distorsion.

luc126
07-24-2013, 06:44 PM
Thank you guys for all your comments and suggestions. I will take note of everything ;)

Currently Im working on another version of the map. This is what ive achieved so far.

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/6571/lu74.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/23/lu74.jpg/)

Falconius
07-25-2013, 06:59 AM
That has a lot of differences :) I think you should develop them both. One of the things I love about old maps is how they were some times uncompleted or complete guesswork and how wildly maps of the same thing sometimes differed, like these ones sort of do.

Caenwyr
07-25-2013, 09:38 AM
While I wasn't much of a fan of the first map, I absolutely love the way it turned out in your second iteration! Very well done, and I love how you managed to avoid the ill-famed "coast to the east" trope (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LeftJustifiedFantasyMap) which plagues so many of the fantasy maps on this forum and elsewhere. It gives it a distinct South East Asian feel. Congrats, and keep up the good work!

Azelor
07-25-2013, 07:58 PM
I like the details and on the first version, it feel very dry. About the rivers, I think you should not put too much of them, if it's supposed to be really dry.

luc126
07-27-2013, 01:00 PM
I didnt know about the coast to the east style, but its true, there are a lot of fantasy books which have that kind of maps (LOTR, Wheel of Time, ...).
Anyway, Im actually European but Ive drew by hand the whole world map, this is just one continent :) I know there is some difference between the first maps and the second one, but the first ones were just some kind of drafts (as u can seen, there are not much details on them).

Its a very dry area, but most of it is to the north where the big dessert lies (The Sun Moon Dessert). The south (specially the Nuhbis delta) pretends to be a very fertile area, which is the reason why a whole civilization could develop in the continent.

BTW, this is what I got so far (im absolutely a noob in photoshop, but Ive seen a couple of youtube tutorials :))



http://img547.imageshack.us/img547/3421/wg6m.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/547/wg6m.jpg/)

Sapiento
07-27-2013, 01:48 PM
I didnt know about the coast to the east style, but its true, there are a lot of fantasy books which have that kind of maps (LOTR, Wheel of Time, ...).
Anyway, Im actually European but Ive drew by hand the whole world map, this is just one continent :) I know there is some difference between the first maps and the second one, but the first ones were just some kind of drafts (as u can seen, there are not much details on them).

Its a very dry area, but most of it is to the north where the big dessert lies (The Sun Moon Dessert). The south (specially the Nuhbis delta) pretends to be a very fertile area, which is the reason why a whole civilization could develop in the continent.

BTW, this is what I got so far (im absolutely a noob in photoshop, but Ive seen a couple of youtube tutorials :))



I have the impression that the rivers have a drop shadow effect. If so you should delete it if the rivers don't float in the sky.

Azelor
07-27-2013, 02:06 PM
Its a very dry area, but most of it is to the north where the big dessert lies (The Sun Moon Dessert). The south (specially the Nuhbis delta) pretends to be a very fertile area, which is the reason why a whole civilization could develop in the continent.
So it's like Irak or Egypt's climate. It's good.
What you have done is really cool espacially the colors.