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Yali
02-22-2014, 01:47 PM
I've been developing this world piece by piece since 2003, often redrawing certain areas in notebooks or on graph paper while I was bored in class. I finally managed to get all the elements right and decided (out of the advice of a friend) to import it into Photoshop. I've been working on it since yesterday. Here's what I have so far:

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seredemia
02-22-2014, 02:41 PM
Nice. I especially like how you've done that title. Although, I'm not a big fan of the paper texture. I feel like all the stains distract my eyes from the actual map. Aside from that, I like what you have so far. Looking forward to see more updates :)

Lingon
02-22-2014, 04:45 PM
Welcome to the guild, Yali! I'm gonna give you some reputation points for posting a map right away :)

I agree with what Seredemia said. Title is awesome, paper texture is very strong and contrast-rich, making it hard to read the map. But it could work with some color on the land!

Yali
02-22-2014, 05:33 PM
Thanks guys! I've been doing maps all my life so this is my first time actually showing my work online. Cool. I think I will add color. I'll have to get the textures right. Right now I'm going to fiddle with the paper contrast/saturation.

Yali
02-22-2014, 10:34 PM
Finished version:

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High Res (http://extrazoom.com/image-9828.html)

bunny462
02-22-2014, 11:09 PM
That looks amazing! The other was definitely harder to read but both are good. This one looks to be straight out of the encyclopedia.


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flocko
02-22-2014, 11:24 PM
Great colors!

Freodin
02-23-2014, 05:27 AM
You should really put some more work into your labeling.

Trying to make sure that your labels don't overlap with too many terrain features would greatly improve legibility. And you should really really avoid having different labels overlap each other, like they do in the Dorion / Flatlands of Colours area.

Also you could try to find a better way to distinguish between borders and rivers.


And after all that criticism: the overall look of that map is absolutely gorgeous!

seredemia
02-23-2014, 07:45 AM
Beautiful map so far!! I love how colourful it is *___* I agree with what Freodin says about the labels though. Perhaps add a faint white border around the text or something? Maybe that'll help make them stand out more.

Ilanthar
02-23-2014, 09:18 AM
I love the shape of the land and a lot of the names are quite original. I have to agree with other, though. Labels are easier to read on the (well) colored version, but some are still hard to read.

Yali
02-23-2014, 12:21 PM
Thanks for the feedback! I wasn't sure if borders around the labels would look too gaudy. I'll try that.

Update: Here it is:

Mirrors (http://extrazoom.com/image-9853.html)

I've also started some to showcase some info about the world. You can read the mysterious journals here (http://allatwan.blogspot.ca/).

Edit:

Changed some of the names to be more lore consistent: Here (http://extrazoom.com/image-9858.html)