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RobA
02-02-2009, 08:17 AM
I am looking for suggestions on how to depict ocean reefs in a continent scale map.

Thanks in advance-

-Rob A>

Jkaen
02-02-2009, 08:28 AM
Assuming its in the style of your normal maps not icon respresentation then I would say your only real option is to show the surf break up.

I guess that means just experimenting with white / light blue effects near the coast

Redrobes
02-02-2009, 01:13 PM
I color the depth of the water in various ways. There is the sand which makes the water an aqua color. A bit farther in you get rocks which sea weeds grow on which are usually dark in color so I have that mottled and then far out I make it a flat blue with some ripple on it. I go for realistic satellite style but if you were to go with something else then it could be anything. Any of my big terrain maps could be an example like the MeDem map for instance. Difficult to say definitively what to do with stuff thats underwater.

HandsomeRob
02-02-2009, 03:27 PM
I use a custom-made brush in Illustrator. It ends up looking like a series of m's all run together, with the humps of the m's facing the open ocean and the points facing the lagoon. You can see it (not very well, however, due the poor resolution) on the maps I've attached.

-Rob

gorkamorka
02-02-2009, 05:43 PM
If you want photo-realistic, then the Great Barrier Reef looks like this. (See Attached).

Scale is 1km per pixel

NeonKnight
02-02-2009, 08:15 PM
I use a custom-made brush in Illustrator. It ends up looking like a series of m's all run together, with the humps of the m's facing the open ocean and the points facing the lagoon. You can see it (not very well, however, due the poor resolution) on the maps I've attached.

-Rob

Anyway you could show a 'zoomed in' picture of one of those reefs?

RobA
02-02-2009, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the suggestions...

I'll just have to play a bit and see what I can come up with:)

-Rob A>

HandsomeRob
02-03-2009, 12:19 AM
Anyway you could show a 'zoomed in' picture of one of those reefs?

Sure, here you go.

RobA
02-03-2009, 12:34 AM
Aaaahhh! the beauty of vector graphics exemplified right there!

-Rob A>

Ascension
02-03-2009, 12:39 AM
I was wondering what he meant by "little M's"...now I know -- total coolness.

NeonKnight
02-03-2009, 01:11 AM
Sweet Thanx!

HandsomeRob
02-03-2009, 09:15 AM
Here's another (better) example from a map I'm working on for a client: