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TombRaiderJake
08-03-2014, 10:43 PM
Well, I was highly unsatisfied with my first attempt at a continent called Amanium, so I decided to start anew but keeping the same name. I really like this map so far and would like to see it completed.
Here's what I have so far:
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Useful information:
--I am using GIMP
--I imagine this being fairly large with the land mass either about the size of the US or between Canada and Antarctica (either 6,309,690 sq km or 10,716,438 sq km)
--I used this tutorial: Random Fantasy Map Tutorial, GIMP 2.8 (http://bit.ly/1udu2hz)
--Planet is a sphere
--Planet is likely going to be larger than Earth

Things I would like to know:
--How to add in borders for provinces
--How to add in symbols and names for major locations
--How to add in important land features like:
----Rivers, lakes, etc
----Mountains
----Forests, Jungles
----Swamps, deserts, plains, etc*
*These are not necessary, as i think the map may look crowded with too much info on it.

Thank you for your help!

Chashio
08-03-2014, 11:22 PM
What are your goals for it?

TombRaiderJake
08-03-2014, 11:34 PM
Well, I have 2 main goals:
-To use this as a base for more detailed maps(country or province maps) while still being aesthetically pleasing
-To learn how to use GIMP and other necessary software

Chashio
08-04-2014, 12:28 AM
And another question... What do you find aesthetically pleasing? What style(s) do you have in mind?

TombRaiderJake
08-04-2014, 12:50 AM
Hmm... I like the style I'm going with, but I'm pretty flexible. I 'm also a fan the map of Skyrim's style (this one: http://images.uesp.net/e/ef/SR-map-Skyrim.jpg)
These ones on the front page also caught my eye:
http://www.cartographersguild.com/content/attachments/53471d1365515571-hareshk.jpg.html?
http://www.cartographersguild.com/content/attachments/53469d1365515194-selvarin-finalsmall.jpg.html?
What do I find aesthetically pleasing? Mainly maps that are not crowded with their labels and easy to read (example, no black text on a dark green background)

Naima
08-04-2014, 06:59 AM
Nice, if you want to give a more plausible feel about tectonics as ell so place right mountain ranges and shape better the coastline history then you might want to take a look at several threads aroundhere too ... it seems a new fashion was launched lately ^^ ...

TombRaiderJake
08-04-2014, 09:53 PM
Today I worked on an elevation map to help figure out where rivers and lakes should go. I've only gotten the main continent done:
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To me, it doesn't look... natural. Could someone point me towards a good guide on figuring out elevations? I'm still lost in all the information this site has to offer :P

Chashio
08-04-2014, 10:20 PM
Elevations, as I think you're thinking, are often called height maps. I can't think of any particular one that might help you, but there have been a number of tutorials created on that subject.

TombRaiderJake
08-04-2014, 11:05 PM
Yes, I do mean height maps. I've been looking and what I've found are tutorials on how to make height maps, not where to put mountains in a fantasy map. I'm going to look around a little longer and if I can't find anything, I'll make a post on the 'How do I' forum.

Chashio
08-04-2014, 11:19 PM
Oh. I gotcha. Well then, this might be what you want: http://www.cartographersguild.com/reference-material/4410-magical-society-guide-mapping.html

TombRaiderJake
08-05-2014, 12:55 AM
Okay, I've created a map of tectonic plates, which should help me visualize where mountains should go:
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So, from what I understand, mountains should go along B and C. I'm not sure if they should go along the coasts of A and B, though. And while I'm examining my image, I think I should change the direction of F to go north to get mountains along F and B. I think that's about it for the boundaries... Is there anything I've missed?

Chashio
08-05-2014, 02:41 PM
Looks good. Maybe someone with more experience in tectonics can help you refine it or answer questions. I am not enough-so to be offering any thoughts or advice. But I wish you luck.

Pixie
08-06-2014, 06:12 AM
TombRaiderJake, sorry for the tone of this reply, but I have looked at your map for a while trying to find things to say and I just couldn't find anything plausible in it.

It very much seems you got your landmass shape from a cloud noise and then added random lines on top of it and called it plate tectonics. Inner seas and peninsulas normally are indications of plate limits, in your case I can't work them out.
Here's what I recommend: either do an entire planet and use this shape (or parts of it) there, or decide on a smaller scale and just ignore tectonics.