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Argamas
12-31-2008, 04:26 AM
or good night, depending on where you are :P

I'm Björn, almost 31, from Holland. Nice te meet you guys.

I found this site and forum when I googled for map making software (looking if CC3 was really worth it). So far I'm overwhelmed by all the possibilities. However, looking at the quality of all the work here, it's an inspirition to try and make my own maps. If you don't hear from me again, I failed ;)

I'm not really a tabletop gamer, but I was always fond of maps and I love fantasy. I hope to learn how to make maps here (still reading all the posts and all the tutorials) to create my own world and share it with you.

So for now I'm going back to lurking again :)

NeonKnight
12-31-2008, 05:35 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

I think CC3 is worth it :D

Gandwarf
12-31-2008, 05:50 AM
Goedemorgen Argamas en welkom :)

Fellow Dutchman here, almost 31 and also a user of CC3. And yes, I think CC3 is worth it as well!

Hoel
12-31-2008, 06:08 AM
Welcome.
CC3 seems like good software, I don't use it myself, but I think it takes a bit to learn to use it proper.

Argamas
12-31-2008, 06:42 AM
Thank you all. So far I'm trying GIMP. It's a bit off a pain, because it's in Dutch and I prefer English (just tried to change that). Working with the tutorials is some what difficult, because of translations and some functions seem to be in different places. However, I'm trying very hard and it is a lot of fun.

If I get a bit of a hang of it, I'll look futher into other programs.

Steel General
12-31-2008, 09:39 AM
Welcome Aboard!

jfrazierjr
12-31-2008, 10:01 AM
Thank you all. So far I'm trying GIMP. It's a bit off a pain, because it's in Dutch and I prefer English (just tried to change that). Working with the tutorials is some what difficult, because of translations and some functions seem to be in different places. However, I'm trying very hard and it is a lot of fun.

If I get a bit of a hang of it, I'll look futher into other programs.

If you need help with GIMP, post up a new thread in appropriate Work in Progress forum with some screenshots and what you need help with and we will be happy to assist!

Oh... and welcome!

Korash
12-31-2008, 11:19 AM
However, looking at the quality of all the work here, it's an inspirition to try and make my own maps. If you don't hear from me again, I failed ;)

take it from a fellow "perfectionist". This place is one where no matter how bad you think your work is, the people are willing to point out the good as well as the bad (or at points to improve) of anything you post. So as some have said before elsewhere, "post early, post often, but most of all, POST"

looking forward to seeing some of your efforts.

PS. whatever software you decide to use, there are plenty of people willing to share their skills with it.

Redrobes
12-31-2008, 12:46 PM
Welcome and good luck with your map making. Theres a keyword index in my sig and scroll to Gimp and there are tons of posts. CC3 is there too. Also in sig is a member map so pop yourself on.

Argamas
01-04-2009, 04:17 PM
Well, I've been reading the Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional RPG Map guide and I simply got too frustrated. I didn't get some things and - most off all - made too many mistakes. I'm not sure if GIMP is something for me... :?:

The Pyrandon’s city map tutorial was very nice however and I tried to work by it's principles on a map. Simply working layer by layer. Since it's too shabby for a WIP, I'll post it here ;)

Suggestions are welcome, be gentle :)

Hoel
01-04-2009, 04:29 PM
It's a good WIP. You got some good heights and stuff in there.
There's some issues with water that I'm not going to touch, but otherwise you have a good thing going.
Keep posting your updates

Ruedy
01-05-2009, 03:14 AM
Welcome to the guild, Björn from Holland!

Nomadic
01-05-2009, 06:37 AM
Well, I've been reading the Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional RPG Map guide and I simply got too frustrated. I didn't get some things and - most off all - made too many mistakes. I'm not sure if GIMP is something for me... :?:

The Pyrandon’s city map tutorial was very nice however and I tried to work by it's principles on a map. Simply working layer by layer. Since it's too shabby for a WIP, I'll post it here ;)

Suggestions are welcome, be gentle :)

Welcome aboard :)

I am no expert but I can give you my 2 cents (hopefully they will be helpful). I am not sure what program you prefer so I will stick with general technique and not get too in depth.

Firstly your coast comes across as a bit blurred (zooming does show that you blurred the coast into the water). You can generally get a better look with a sharp coast (I like to stroke my coasts with a 1 pixel thick dark colored or black line). You can also get this by leaving your coast as is, but non-blurred. Next up, when it comes to layers there is no such thing as too many (well up until the point that they are hogging all your RAM). For example you might want to totally separate your water and your land so that you can texturize them separately. This is also really good with making your land 3d. You can use a black and white alpha map in its own layer, overlayed on top of your other layers, to make everything pop out. If you are having trouble understanding that part of the tutorial I am sure someone will be willing to help you out, this really is a friendly community like that.

Again, welcome to the cartographers guild. :)

Argamas
01-10-2009, 05:47 PM
Sorry for my late response. A lot of work this week and more to come... Might be a while before I'm back, but I will be back!!

Thank you for the tips. Some good suggestions