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bryguy
08-26-2008, 05:07 PM
A couple a days ago I got bored and started doodling in GIMP like I do when Im bored, and after a while of doodling I decided I liked how my picture was starting to turn out, and decided to turn it into a map

this is my first map, so I didnt know where to post it, and finally decided it that this forum is probably the best spot for it.

bryguy
08-26-2008, 05:44 PM
whoops, accidently put the map icon instead of the WIP icon on

Eilathen
08-26-2008, 06:03 PM
Wow, nice start. I really like the mountains. The map is a bit dark overall...for my taste, that is.

Keep us up to date with that map.

Steel General
08-26-2008, 07:43 PM
I agree with Eilathen, looks fantastic - especially the mountains. How did you do those?

But it is a bit dark.

ravells
08-26-2008, 08:29 PM
I wish my doodles looked like that!

ice
08-26-2008, 10:09 PM
wow really nice job, would love to know how you did the mountains. though like a few others side it is a bit dark, don't know if you were going for the dark look though.

Ascension
08-26-2008, 10:43 PM
I like the dark, it gives a sense of emotion...dark and murky swamp where the details would never be clearly defined due to the constant shifting of the waters. But then, my maps all turn out dark too so don't pay me any mind, just know that I dig it.

bryguy
08-26-2008, 10:47 PM
I agree with Eilathen, looks fantastic - especially the mountains. How did you do those?

But it is a bit dark.

The mountains I did the same way I did them as in my "Making a continent in GIMP tutorial", but with a few tweaks to make them larger. :)



And I agree it is a bit on the dark side, Ill try to make it a little lighter in some parts :)

bryguy
08-27-2008, 02:45 PM
OKay I lightened up some areas and the mountains

jfrazierjr
08-27-2008, 03:45 PM
Really nice fade in from the mountains to the plains. Did you use the smudge or blur tool manually, or did you create a path and have the stroke to blur/smudge or something else?

bryguy
08-27-2008, 05:48 PM
Really nice fade in from the mountains to the plains. Did you use the smudge or blur tool manually, or did you create a path and have the stroke to blur/smudge or something else?

something else. Before I made the mountains (with the GIMP filter Bump Map) I copied the land layer and hid it just in case something went wrong (it occassionally does with bump map, sometimes it makes it look the opposite of what it shows you in the bump map preview, other times it adds different squiggly lines or little insets and such onto other spots of the same layer). After I bump mapped it, it had added a bunch of squiggly lines and such onto the rest of the land, and so I unhid the flat land layer, moved it above the land layer with mountains, then I fuzzy selected the height map I had used to bump map the mountains, expanded it a bit and made it blend more (by using Select: Feather). Then I erased everything inside the fuzzy selected area on the flat land layer (and also had to expand it and feather it a couple more times) and it ended up blending quite well :)

Steel General
08-27-2008, 06:41 PM
OKay I lightened up some areas and the mountains

Much better, in my opinion, now we can really enjoy the detail.

jfrazierjr
08-27-2008, 07:42 PM
something else. Before I made the mountains (with the GIMP filter Bump Map) I copied the land layer and hid it just in case something went wrong (it occassionally does with bump map, sometimes it makes it look the opposite of what it shows you in the bump map preview, other times it adds different squiggly lines or little insets and such onto other spots of the same layer). After I bump mapped it, it had added a bunch of squiggly lines and such onto the rest of the land, and so I unhid the flat land layer, moved it above the land layer with mountains, then I fuzzy selected the height map I had used to bump map the mountains, expanded it a bit and made it blend more (by using Select: Feather). Then I erased everything inside the fuzzy selected area on the flat land layer (and also had to expand it and feather it a couple more times) and it ended up blending quite well :)


Hmmm if you have time and would not mind, could you post up a few screenshots and the text as you progress. I am really interested in how you are doing this. I have not had time to play lately, but was doing bluring by hand, and that was a huge pain in the ass with lot's of mountains. I know I can do the selection to path and stroke with the blur tool, I just have not had time to sit down and do it with a good example, so have not perfected the technique yet. So anything else I could do would be great to add to my toolbox.

bryguy
08-27-2008, 08:29 PM
Hmmm if you have time and would not mind, could you post up a few screenshots and the text as you progress. I am really interested in how you are doing this. I have not had time to play lately, but was doing bluring by hand, and that was a huge pain in the ass with lot's of mountains. I know I can do the selection to path and stroke with the blur tool, I just have not had time to sit down and do it with a good example, so have not perfected the technique yet. So anything else I could do would be great to add to my toolbox.

Okay sure, Ill sometime (uh, probably tomorrow or the next day) post how I did it (I may put it in Tutorials) with lots of pictures :)


@Steel General --> Thanks :) I agree it does look much better lightened up

bryguy
08-28-2008, 05:09 PM
heres a link to a thread i made for Making Mountains in GIMP frazier:
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?p=30379#post30379

how I blended the land and mountains is #7 in the document (or is it #8? I cant remember if I even put in 8 steps.... :?: )