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Zach
01-24-2014, 02:25 PM
Well, it's time for me to actually start my WIP thread for the first map I have made after registering here. I am going for the well-known "old hand-drawn map" style in this one. It's going to end up being about as big as my laptop can handle, about 6000 by 6000 px.

After toying with my terrain generator, I got a satisfactory alpha map, and I followed a tutorial (I forget which one, but I think it was RobA's) for the paper/parchment for it. That's all I have now, but I should get the next bits up soon.

The name of this region is Edelu. It is not being used for a story, nor an RPG, and so it has no narrative significance. It comes from Proto-Indo-European words meaning "Eating Elephant"...you can probably guess why. I like being able to be whimsical about this.

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EDIT: Land masses are the white region and ocean is the black region.

- Max -
01-24-2014, 03:21 PM
Aee the land masses white or black?

Jalyha
01-24-2014, 05:28 PM
Oh my gosh, I see the elephant in the room! :P

Zach
01-24-2014, 06:52 PM
Here's the next version. I made a new script-fu to generate the coast rings in GIMP. This is the result of my sketching on the land and determining where I want stuff to go.

Mountains and rivers are obvious. Forests are the green shaded areas, and the brown shaded area is the Dol Rerkath desert.
Circles are villages, circles with a cross are larger towns, and the giant pentacle is a capital.

Zach
01-25-2014, 03:16 PM
I've decided to do the map in chunks rather than all at once, because trying to edit the final-size image eats up tons of my system memory and the response time becomes so sluggish that I can't draw anything.

So here are the first two sections of the map, the southern bit and the left edge of the coast.

Ilanthar
01-26-2014, 09:05 AM
It's looking good so far!

Zach
01-26-2014, 12:37 PM
Here are the next two parts, the south shore and the capital region (which, by the way, is the capital only of the lands to which it is connected). Since they're close together I put them in one image.

The mountain range does continue north (it isn't one standalone clump there), and that is what I have next to draw.

Zach
01-27-2014, 10:45 AM
Next two sections done, and I think I have done about 60 percent of the mountains (goodness me they are both fun and time-consuming to draw).

Lingon
01-27-2014, 11:56 AM
The mountains and hills are really nice! The coastline looks inconsistent with the rest, because of it's fuzziness, but it should be easy to fix. If you are working in Photoshop, you can select the coastline with the wand and stroke the inside of the selection. Gimp has something similar, I think.

Zach
01-27-2014, 03:48 PM
Yeah, that's a side-effect of scaling it up from 2000 to 6000 pixels. I stroked the line then scaled. I'll restroke that and it will be visible when I get the next bit done.

aquarits
01-27-2014, 04:00 PM
Maybe some select and feather effect in the coastlines?

BTW mountains in middle of the forests looks a nice idea.

Zach
01-27-2014, 10:03 PM
Alright, here's the upper shore and the last bit of the sea you'll see for awhile.

This is the newly stroked coast. I'm also redoing the coast rings because they were also badly blurred in the scaling.

Aquarits, what do you mean by "select and feather effect" on the coast? What do you think of the new, cleaner coast?

Zach
01-30-2014, 06:11 PM
And BLAM! The drawing is done!
Now I've got to do the lettering... that shouldn't take long in Inkscape.

Jalyha
01-30-2014, 08:25 PM
Looking reaally great!!

Zach
01-31-2014, 11:17 PM
Sooo...I have all the lettering done; now I have two questions.
1. The final map is slightly over 6000 by 6000 pixels; it's WAY too big for this site even with liberal jpeg compression. Should I rescale the image to the maximum dimensions possible for upload? Should I adjust the jpeg compression level to the maximum level possible for upload? Or should I use a combination of the two?
For that matter, how do people submit full-size, completed maps here?

2. Given that I can get the map into some form suitable for upload, where am I supposed to post it? At the end of this thread? In a new thread in the "Finished Maps" section of the Gallery? Or in both?
(I've never done this before...)

Jalyha
01-31-2014, 11:44 PM
Hi I just had a similar problem. :) Mine was smaller, so I was able to compress it (at like 67% lol) and export it that way, but any bigger and I will have to scale it down too.

I don't know how everyone does those huggggge maps. :(

But I would post a finished map thread, and link to it from here, though I've seen people do either/both :)

Zach
02-02-2014, 08:58 PM
All lettering/pasting/compressing is finished, and the completed map is now here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/finished-maps/26069-edelu.html).