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Edgewalker
10-20-2008, 12:53 PM
Hello Everyone,

I recently stumbled upon this site while searching online for cartography tools. I'm so pleased that there are this many people interested in cartography - and in particular fantasy cartography. My own particular interest in joining the guild is to develop my own map making techniques and hopefully to turn my relatively crude, hand drawn, maps into polished, more professional looking, digital maps. I've had a brief look around and I must admit to being very impressed, and a little daunted, by the skill of some of the members. There are so many great maps and mappers here. It's fantastic.

Currently, I have no tools for map making other than pen and paper. So, bearing in mind I have a limited budget, what should I invest in?

RobA
10-20-2008, 01:17 PM
Hi Edgewalker, and welcome to the Guild!

If you are comfortable with pen and paper, and are interested in digital enhancements, I would suggest first investing in a scanner, and just downloading GIMP as an editing package. You will be able to scan in your art then colourize/combine/edit digitally... I believe another newcomer, Absinth, posted examples like that here. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=3211)

Another is example is a map I made a while back, here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1729).

-Rob A>

jezelf
10-20-2008, 01:21 PM
Hi! - welcome!

well, the best investments with a limited budget would be the free software and there are many tutorials to help you through. GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) springs to mind, but there are others, some made by other memebers here - like Wilbur (http://www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/software.html), which I find particualrly useful. Then theres also a free The Roleplying City Map Generator (http://www.drachenzahn.de/city_map_generator/instruction.html)

check over at the How to (http://www.cartographersguild.com/forumdisplay.php?f=48) section for more details and there's also a software disccusion thread and list of software here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1407)


you'll find there are plenty of helpful folks here.

cheers

jez

Edgewalker
10-20-2008, 02:12 PM
Thanks for the advice. GIMP seems like the place to start. I'll try downloading it and playing around. I was looking for a good procrastination excuse to get me away from marketing study. GIMP sounds just the ticket.

Steel General
10-20-2008, 03:18 PM
Welcome Aboard!

GIMP is a great place to start, I began with that and moved on to Photoshop after awhile (when I was able to get a copy of it). Plenty of other GIMP users in the guild to help with any questions you may have.

NeonKnight
10-20-2008, 05:55 PM
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Welcome to the Guild!