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jfrazierjr
12-16-2008, 10:46 PM
This was one of the first maps I made using my mountain style in GIMP (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=2098) which I was actually fairly happy with. I learned a ton of stuff creating this map and playing with various mapping styles and techniques in GIMP. I just found this map in native GIMP format while cleaning up my hard drive, and figured I would post it up to the Finished Map section in case anyone could have some use for it. I will be happy to post a version without the names and scale if anyone requests it. All elements made in GIMP except the Compass which is a Fractal Mapper vector image exported to png format, cleaned up a tiny bit and recolored. And yes... the coastline is fairly smooth and could use some fractalization... but at this point... I have called this map done since the test thread and have moved on to other projects.

Ruedy
12-17-2008, 05:17 AM
The colors are very fresh and alive. The wood take effect very plastically, good! The rivers and coasts could be something finer.
All in all a nice map!

ravells
12-21-2008, 01:20 PM
I really love the hill textures.

Clercon
12-21-2008, 05:11 PM
Very nice colours.....and map :-)

jfrazierjr
12-21-2008, 10:38 PM
Thanks everyone!!! Like I said.. I was playing around with making the mountains and ended up with this... I "think" i had posted part of this in a thread somewhere, but forgot to put into the Finished Maps forum, so figured I would get it up here when I found it.

Karro
12-22-2008, 12:27 PM
Thanks everyone!!! Like I said.. I was playing around with making the mountains and ended up with this... I "think" i had posted part of this in a thread somewhere, but forgot to put into the Finished Maps forum, so figured I would get it up here when I found it.

Since you found the original gimp file, are you able to re-create the exact process used on creating the mountains?

jfrazierjr
12-22-2008, 03:40 PM
Since you found the original gimp file, are you able to re-create the exact process used on creating the mountains?


Yes an no... The original just has the layer with the results (I have learned since then to copy/modify the copy), so that may not help you much.

I most likely was working on something similar to this post (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=23250&postcount=8). I spent probably 5 weeks working on various ways to do some overhead mountains. I know at on point,I was working off of a 50% grey layer and drawing overlapping lines of black/with, where the place they meet being the top of the mountain "ridge". Eventually, I got away from that technique though as the black made the hole thing way to dark on the shadow side. If you want to give it a try.... just create some random white lines, leaving some room for the same size black lines on one side as the "shadow". Also.. leave some grey space between the white and black for some valleys. Again... This is not what I use currently as I much prefer starting with RobA's mountain angular gradient technique and going from there as I get more control over the final results(as you do)


EDIT: I also go over a bit of some of the techniques used here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=2098), though I don't know if how I made this particular map was covered in specific. I think THE most important thing I have learned over the past 6 months since I played with these maps is to use a 50% grey layer and run your bump maps on that layer set to overlay. This way, you can put it over any color and it just "morphs" the underlying color into a colored mountain (this is an over simplification of course... but the general idea is as said)