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NedS298
05-11-2014, 03:46 AM
Well, I've been working non-stop for a few hours and I've come up with a final result. However, the result comes in two variations: a coloured, textured version and an (almost) black and white version. My question is, which is better and if neither of them are any good anyway then what do I need to do? Obviously, they're not labelled yet, but I'l post as soon as they are.

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Freodin
05-11-2014, 06:58 AM
Depends on what you want to use them for. If this is going to be printed, the B&W version is of course the way to go. For online presentation, the textured version adds more flair.

Both versions look good in their execution, so I wouldn't decide between them. But I'd say that in order to turn them into really good presentable maps, you should add some kind of border.

NedS298
05-11-2014, 08:45 AM
Thanks. This won't be going into print or anything, so I guess that means I'll be going with the first style - though I'll keep updating the second one so I have two versions (I like to have a couple). I just posted because I felt that the coloured version didn't have enough contrast to be perfectly clear.

JonPin
05-11-2014, 12:38 PM
I agree, a border would make the map more presentable. As for the color, I personaly love B&W maps.

mthomas768
05-11-2014, 01:36 PM
Personally, I like the colorized version better. To my eye the B&W needs a little more oomph to distinguish land vs. water.

Border would definitely be a plus to both.

NedS298
05-12-2014, 06:33 AM
Here's the result. Tell me what you think.

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Wired
05-12-2014, 06:55 AM
Here's the result. Tell me what you think.

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I like it, but the font makes it hard to read. For the city names I'd go with something more plain, and with a thinner black stroke around the letters. Also, the north-east looks a bit barren to me.

Schwarzkreuz
05-12-2014, 07:12 AM
I like it, but the font makes it hard to read. For the city names I'd go with something more plain, and with a thinner black stroke around the letters. Also, the north-east looks a bit barren to me.

Maybe just Black fonts. I am not a fan of countour fonts on light background anyway. AMkes it harder too read unnessesary

NedS298
05-12-2014, 07:15 AM
Thanks for that, I'll post when I'm finished. The NE corner of the map was meant to be barren because it was a desert, though perhaps it is too barren. A mountain range would do the trick, I think.

Wired
05-12-2014, 07:21 AM
Maybe just Black fonts. I am not a fan of countour fonts on light background anyway. AMkes it harder too read unnessesaryYes, probably works better with that style of map.


Thanks for that, I'll post when I'm finished. The NE corner of the map was meant to be barren because it was a desert, though perhaps it is too barren. A mountain range would do the trick, I think.A couple of hills, maybe, or just some brush strokes to indicate that it's steppe/a desert would be enough, IMO.

Anbairui
05-13-2014, 12:32 AM
Perhaps you could add the name of the desert to fill in that corner, as you've done with the "Valley of Leofhere." Is the valley a geographical feature, or the name of one of the civilizations?

NedS298
05-13-2014, 03:54 AM
It's a Kingdom.

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mthomas768
05-13-2014, 11:02 PM
That's really nice! The text works a lot better than the previous version. I think I would have used a less 3D looking frame, going more for a double-line border or something similar, but that's a matter of taste. Great job!

NedS298
05-14-2014, 03:36 AM
Thanks. You're probably right though, it makes the rest of the map look very… flat.

Schwarzkreuz
05-15-2014, 07:46 PM
Its shaping up. But still no fan of the contour-font. In my humble opinion it should only be used over dark backdrop. Like dense forests, oceans or mountains.

NedS298
05-28-2014, 05:11 AM
Didn't add much. Enjoy, make recommendations, or hate if it's no good...

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