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Gamerprinter
07-23-2008, 05:02 PM
I finally finished my continent of Celanta map - its quite a small continent. I am sure I could have populated it with more sites and cities, however, this is as complete as I require for my D&D 3e campaign I plan to use it with for my own gaming group. The WIP is in the Continent/Regional Map WIP Forum.

I pulled the "Google Farmland", but I added a dune-like beach texture for the Shattered Desert. Since this map has sort of temporal anamoly situation going on, I decided to create an "alien looking" compass rose.

Of course this map is available for free use under the Creative Commons license, as usual.

I am happy with the results! :D

If I develope any regional, city or tactical scale maps for this campaign, I will post them as well.

GP

Steel General
07-23-2008, 05:06 PM
Very nice! I really like the various forest types, really makes them "pop".

JoeyD473
07-24-2008, 01:22 AM
Lovely Map

stuamn
07-24-2008, 06:20 PM
WOW, and that was before i noticed firefox had it zoomed out to 23%. When i zoomed in i though "Holy Hell" ;). Thats fantastic. Do you normally make maps that big. Do most map makers here make maps this sort of scale ( i get nervous if my map is bigger than my screen resolution :) )

I'm now expecting some posts telling me this sort of scale is normal :lol:

If so, I've got a lot to learn.

I'm off to check out the WIP thread you mentioned


stuamn

Ascension
07-24-2008, 06:54 PM
What I wanna know is how to get a map that big under the file size restrictions.

Redrobes
07-24-2008, 08:00 PM
Firstly, GP thats a great map - your usual excellent standard.

For the file size I think that there is a general 5K limit or so which is some kind of bug in the forum. This one is 3K or so and less than this limit.

For file byte size then you can save images as reduced quality in JPG to reduce the file size. There was a lot of banter about all of this in the May 08 challenge which had an upper file size limit as part of the challenge. Threads for tips about reducing file size were posted as part of that. Notably...

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1956

Midgardsormr
07-24-2008, 10:15 PM
Do most map makers here make maps this sort of scale

There's not really a "correct" scale. It all depends on what you're going to be using the map for and what the target display is. GP, as his handle might tell you, runs a print shop, so his images are frequently very large so they can be printed at larger sizes without any loss of detail.

For a final image, I usually shoot for something in the vicinity of my screen resolution--1024 px wide at the moment. My working resolution is often much higher than that. My current WIP, for instance, has a working resolution around 6000 X 4000. It started at 9000 wide, but I had to do some cropping.

An earlier map--the Tawaren Basin for the CWBP--started at around 1200 wide and pretty well stayed there the entire time. Actually, I think I started at 800 or so, but I felt crowded so I blew it up a bit.

Gamerprinter
07-25-2008, 12:13 AM
Thanks, Redrobes!

Midgardsormr is quite correct. I created the map at the intended print scale of 24" x 36". The posted file is a 100 ppi, JPG reduced to 70% quality to achieve its current file size. Just to make a smaller file to upload/download.

Because I created this map in Xara, I still have the .xar file, which because is a vector file is resolution independant until I export it. When I do print, I will export the file as a 300 ppi TIF or just print in native scale and format directly from Xara to my new Canon printer.

I create the scale and dimensions based on intended end result, yet with the freedom to go larger or smaller as need arises.

Of course, see the thread "Regional Maps in Xara Xtreme 4.0" in the Tutorials Forum to get an idea, how I created this map.

akhena
12-18-2008, 04:55 PM
Wow, this map is just awesome ! I really love your mountains. :)

Is there a way to get your map free of any text and town symbols ? I would love to use it for my own gaming group, if that's ok with you. And it would be great if I could add myself my own names.

ravells
12-18-2008, 06:05 PM
Breathtaking map, GP!!! You're in for a great game! (or at least many accolades from your players!)

Gamerprinter
12-18-2008, 08:02 PM
Wow, this map is just awesome ! I really love your mountains. :)

Is there a way to get your map free of any text and town symbols ? I would love to use it for my own gaming group, if that's ok with you. And it would be great if I could add myself my own names.

Akhena, no problem with changing the names is you'd like. Since you have only 1 post I see, you can't send PMs, you need at least 5 posts on this board to send/receive private messages.

You could Email me - support@gamer-printshop.com maybe give me a list of names to coincide with the ones on the map, and I'll change them and Email back to you.

Note I am also an RPG map print shop, so I could also print this for you, if you'd like.

GP

akhena
12-22-2008, 07:49 AM
Thanks a lot for the reply. I'll email you. :)

akhena
12-22-2008, 10:45 AM
Me again. :o I tried to mail you, but your address doesn't seem to work. Could you confirm it's support@gamer-printshop.com and it's not full.

Steel General
12-22-2008, 01:54 PM
Seems to work OK for me.

Gamerprinter
12-22-2008, 02:56 PM
I just got the test Email from SG, so my mail does work.

GP

akhena
12-23-2008, 08:55 AM
Ok, I tried again. This time I didn't get any error email back. So hopfully you should get mine. :)

Volsung
12-25-2008, 07:21 PM
Great Map!

Would I be right in thinking that the trees are real? They look as such at least, with several of them colorized to create a unique look.

Gamerprinter
12-25-2008, 08:35 PM
Great Map!

Would I be right in thinking that the trees are real? They look as such at least, with several of them colorized to create a unique look.

Yes, its an aerial photo of forest, I got from cgtextures.com! I'm an artist and cartographer, not a photographer. I use photos judiciously in this style of mapping. Just a technique I use.

GP

akhena
12-27-2008, 08:55 AM
Hello GP,

I tried to send you several emails, but I always get a failure. Maybe it's my email provider. Who knows ? So may I reiterate my request here ? I would love to have your celanta map, without any names or symbols (like roads, cities, etc). For the format, I understood you could have anything you want as it's a vectoring map. If it's the case, I would love to have a height of 4850 pixels. Otherwise original format is just fine !

You can send this on my email : dan dot gillet at tele2 dot be

Hopefully, my email won't be used by awful bots...

I wish you a merry christmas !

Gamerprinter
12-27-2008, 11:57 AM
Hello GP,

I tried to send you several emails, but I always get a failure. Maybe it's my email provider. Who knows ? So may I reiterate my request here ? I would love to have your celanta map, without any names or symbols (like roads, cities, etc). For the format, I understood you could have anything you want as it's a vectoring map. If it's the case, I would love to have a height of 4850 pixels. Otherwise original format is just fine !

You can send this on my email : dan dot gillet at tele2 dot be

Hopefully, my email won't be used by awful bots...

I wish you a merry christmas !

Well, Dan, I'll get to that probably tomorrow - I work today then I game tonight, so I'll remove the text and labeling and upload to my site, then I'll email you a link so you can download the file yourself.

I can figure out your Email code... but I'm less worried about that, I generally post my Email directly and not worry about it.

GP

Nerdling
12-29-2008, 12:33 AM
I love the use of the textures. Might I ask where you got the one for the mountains? That's the only one I haven't been able to find.

Gamerprinter
12-29-2008, 04:05 PM
Ahkena - I haven't sent you an Email link to the unlabeled version of this map, but I did upload it... so you might as well just download it from the provided link...

the Unnamed Continent (formerly called Celanta) (http://www.gamer-printshop.com/cbg/celanta-new.jpg)

Nerdling - in the CGTextures category Rock - I've got about four different rock textures used in those mountains. Note the mountains are flat bevels created in Xara using these textures.

GP

akhena
12-30-2008, 04:22 PM
Thanks a million ! This is very kind from you. :)

sinned
12-30-2008, 04:31 PM
Very well done. What program did you use to create this map?

Steel General
12-30-2008, 05:08 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, I believe GP uses Xara Extreme Pro for all of his maps.

Gamerprinter
01-01-2009, 05:30 PM
You are not wrong, SG.

If someone asked me to create a Dundjinni map - I could certainly do it, as I have the software, CC3 as well. However, since I rather map as fast and comfortable as possible, given my choice, I would always, and only use Xara Xtreme Pro 3.2 or most current version anyway.

GP

mysteryman816
01-02-2009, 12:11 AM
This is an awesome map!

My question to you GP: What's the name of the font you used here? I've been all over trying to see if I can match it ;)

Gamerprinter
01-05-2009, 07:05 PM
This is an awesome map!

My question to you GP: What's the name of the font you used here? I've been all over trying to see if I can match it ;)

The primary font used in this and many of my maps is called Celtic and its a true type font, the main text continental label is called Caeldera, also a true type font.

GP

Rahva
01-11-2009, 07:31 PM
Wow, that's a very impressive map :) I love all the different textures you used. In the thumbnail it looked kind of cluttered, but close up it actually looks pretty great.
I think one drawback of using actual trees in a map is that it looks like it's a small island and these are actual-sized trees. Maybe it's because I've never seen a map done like this before, but it took a moment before I could succesfully make that switch in my brain. :D Could just be me, though.

Anyway, I also really like the little island in the SouthWest, the Kingdom of Kells. So much detail in such a small place.