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sheilyn
01-10-2009, 10:03 PM
Hello,

I am new here and was looking around to learn about different ways of making my own maps. There seems to be a lot of information available! Still not sure which software to use, as I was looking at CC3 but not sure if I want to spend the money and then fail. :(

Other than that, I am happy to be aboard and learn something new!

Shei

jfrazierjr
01-10-2009, 10:26 PM
Hello,

I am new here and was looking around to learn about different ways of making my own maps. There seems to be a lot of information available! Still not sure which software to use, as I was looking at CC3 but not sure if I want to spend the money and then fail. :(

Other than that, I am happy to be aboard and learn something new!

Shei

Welcome! I would suggest GIMP. It's free and can be used to make maps along with editing pictures and pretty much any artsy type stuff you can think of. At the very least, you can try something free and always pay for something else sometime in the future.

sheilyn
01-10-2009, 10:51 PM
Is there a place where I can find info on making dungeons in GIMP? I've been reading through a lot of different threads, but seem to be having trouble finding one that talks about this specifically. I just want to start getting my feet wet, but also producing something that I can use. Or at least show off! ;)

Steel General
01-10-2009, 11:51 PM
Welcome Aboard!

industrygothica
01-11-2009, 01:11 AM
Is there a place where I can find info on making dungeons in GIMP? I've been reading through a lot of different threads, but seem to be having trouble finding one that talks about this specifically. I just want to start getting my feet wet, but also producing something that I can use. Or at least show off! ;)

There may not be a specific tutorial on the subject (yet), but there are plenty of other generalized tutorials that can get you started, and there's always someone around here willing to help.

Honestly, your best bet is to download Gimp and just to give it a go. Post up what you've got, whether you think it's good or not, and people will offer plenty of suggestions on what you can do to make it better, and will typically tell you how to go about achieving the process at the same time. At least that's been my experience here. You just can't get defensive over the critique, because in the end you'll have a much better product to show for it.


-IG

jfrazierjr
01-11-2009, 02:06 AM
Is there a place where I can find info on making dungeons in GIMP? I've been reading through a lot of different threads, but seem to be having trouble finding one that talks about this specifically. I just want to start getting my feet wet, but also producing something that I can use. Or at least show off! ;)


I would suggest start by getting RobA's Subterrainian Map Prettier Script. Find a link to it and tons of other scripts here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=3531). Next is to get some textures(for the script) and some objects from where ever you can legally get them. rpgmapshare.com, cgtextures.com, gmsapprentice.com... I am sure there are others.

If you are new to GIMP, read follow RobA's tutorial for a Regional map. Even if you don't want or need a regional map or don't like the style it is a great way to learn a ton of things about GIMP in a short amount of time. And of course, I can't suggest my Layer Masks Tutorial enough;)

Create a work in progress thread in the appropriate forum and we will be happy to help with you on your progress.

NeonKnight
01-11-2009, 03:19 AM
Welcome to the Guild

CC3 is nice (and yes $$$), but if they have a Demo Version (can;t remember if they do) try it out before discounting it.

Redrobes
01-11-2009, 07:59 AM
Welcome, if your looking for Gimp threads then there is a keyword index link in my sig, look up Gimp and run through some of them.

Ascension
01-11-2009, 10:51 AM
If you can handle a pencil, draw it up and scan it in...then put any fancy things on in GIMP and raid the Dunjinni forums for objects.

joćo paulo
01-11-2009, 12:19 PM
Welcome inner!

Korash
01-11-2009, 04:23 PM
I would suggest start by getting RobA's Subterrainian Map Prettier Script. Find a link to it and tons of other scripts here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=3531). Next is to get some textures(for the script) and some objects from where ever you can legally get them. rpgmapshare.com, cgtextures.com, gmsapprentice.com... I am sure there are others.

If you are new to GIMP, read follow RobA's tutorial for a Regional map. Even if you don't want or need a regional map or don't like the style it is a great way to learn a ton of things about GIMP in a short amount of time. And of course, I can't suggest my Layer Masks Tutorial enough;)

Create a work in progress thread in the appropriate forum and we will be happy to help with you on your progress.

I must agree with everything jfrazierjr mentioned here. Especially the bit about the script and tutorial by RobA. JF's layer tut is "adequate" as well ;). I would also add that Isomage has created a decent plugin for generating a random cave. Combined with the script, It is REALLY easy to create realistic cave that will blow gamers away. The script can work with any black and white floor plan as well.

Just a few suggestions to get you on your way :)

Glad to have you here

RobA
01-12-2009, 03:19 PM
Interestingly, I have seen this request a few times...

I'd be willing to put together a tutorial on "creating a dungeon using gimp" but am not sure 100% what people would want to see....

Any suggestions for me?

-Rob A>

industrygothica
01-12-2009, 07:20 PM
Interestingly, I have seen this request a few times...

I'd be willing to put together a tutorial on "creating a dungeon using gimp" but am not sure 100% what people would want to see....

Any suggestions for me?

-Rob A>

Something that could be easily adapted to Photoshop. ;)

jfrazierjr
01-12-2009, 09:01 PM
Interestingly, I have seen this request a few times...

I'd be willing to put together a tutorial on "creating a dungeon using gimp" but am not sure 100% what people would want to see....

Any suggestions for me?

-Rob A>

One option would be to use the tiles you created. I rather like that layout and think the little bit of story we got behind it was cool

Midgardsormr
01-12-2009, 11:34 PM
Interestingly, I have seen this request a few times...

I'd be willing to put together a tutorial on "creating a dungeon using gimp" but am not sure 100% what people would want to see....

Any suggestions for me?

-Rob A>

You might start by converting Duvik's Photoshop dungeon tutorial to the Gimp. I almost mentioned it, but trying to do a PS tutorial in the Gimp isn't a task I wanted to give to a beginner.

sheilyn
01-13-2009, 11:56 AM
Thanks for all the replies and suggestions! It's nice to meet people that actually want to help others out. ;) And its nice to get such a warm welcome!

I downloaded GIMP and I am a little confused. Unfortunately, I am a true true beginner to this type of thing and I am even worse with a pencil. :? However, I have been trying to read through and follow some of the suggestions that have been made. It's just confusing sometimes because I am not up on the jargon yet.

As to CC3, they say that they have a 14 day trial on the purchase. So I might try it out as well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

As to the dungeon, I have been trying to find a way to make the dungeon maps from KoTS. I know that many others have already, but I figured that would be a good way for to see how well or not well I am doing. :)

If you dont mind tons of "stupid" questions, I wouldnt mind the help learning.

Shei

Korash
01-13-2009, 01:22 PM
There are only two types of stupid questions: The question never asked, and the question asked repeatedly even though the answer has been given over and over and over again (The above was learnt over WAY too many years instructing in the army)

The people here are more than willing to help out. Ask any questions you have and there will be someone along in a bit to either answer the question or point you to the right place to find it.

As has been mentioned before (either here or else where) the best thing to do is find a tutorial that you like the results of, and follow it. iIt will often answer some questiojns and pique your curiousity about some of the other things you see in the program.

Curiousity = Goodness

RobA
01-13-2009, 03:34 PM
Forgot about that..,.

The thread is here:
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=5923

and my specific gimp post is #16.

Also - Check out this thread: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=2447

which links to a tutorial at rpghost http://forums.rpghost.com/showthread.php?t=42788&page=1&pp=25

that was the starting point for my dungeon prettier script.

-Rob A>

Torq
01-13-2009, 04:15 PM
Welcome Sheilyn. As you can see answers to any type of questino are available just ask. Have fun with Gimp, it my app of choice and I have loved every minute of learning to map with it (well almost every minute).

Torq

Midgardsormr
01-14-2009, 01:15 PM
and my specific gimp post is #16.


Oh! I honestly don't remember having seen that. So yeah, there's a good tutorial for dungeons in Gimp (and Photoshop).