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Caelan
01-09-2009, 02:56 PM
Well this is my finished map. It goes to a story that I am writing and is in the heart of a forest that I am calling (tentatively) Forest of Shadows. This was done after a lot of reading and research. I learned a lot by following the tutorials of RobA and others. This map is a direct result of layers, Blur, Noise and Mosaic....did I mention Layers? It was the layers that played the biggest part in the maps creaton. The path around the village is done with a mixture of brown and grey (Most of the colors used are from a pallet that I got from RobA's Gimp Tutorial) and then by using a small mosaic tile. The Forest itself is done with the brush that was already included in gimp.....sorry the building are also a brush I picked up from one of RobA's tutorials.

Steel General
01-09-2009, 05:52 PM
Not bad at all, would like to see some more detail on the buildings, but other than that I like it.

Gandwarf
01-09-2009, 06:15 PM
Yup, I agree with Steel General. The terrain, river and forest is well done. The houses need some more detail however.

Caelan
01-09-2009, 06:23 PM
wouldn't mind a few hints on the buildings. never done them before which is why i went with the brush.

Steel General
01-09-2009, 06:33 PM
You could use a bevel to simulate the roof peak and apply a pattern overlay of some kind to simulate shingles/slate whatever. Also a slight drop shadow adjusted to the appropriate angle of wherever the light is coming from.

Just a few ideas....

jfrazierjr
01-09-2009, 06:45 PM
Let me or one of the other Community leaders know if you want this moved over to a suitable WIP forum if you want to make changes and get input before reposting to the final maps forum

Ascension
01-10-2009, 12:01 AM
That's a great forest...it has this feel of rising and falling with the underlying hills (an effect with which many struggle with and you nailed it the first time out). It also has a natural feel in the clustering, which I always struggle with. Nice job!

Hoel
01-10-2009, 04:49 AM
I agree with ascension, nice forests. The tree shape seems a bit uniform thou

joćo paulo
01-11-2009, 10:59 AM
another great one

Kihmbar
01-12-2009, 10:35 AM
Well done. I am just learning layers myself (and realizing their usefulness). I especially like how the stream ends in a pool of water - nice effect. I agree with others and would like to see more detail on the buildings. Instead of roofs, another option would be to show the internal layout of the buildings (if you plan on folks going inside).