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02-16-2009, 03:42 PM
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/4681/theatlasoi5.th.jpg (http://img220.imageshack.us/my.php?image=theatlasoi5.jpg)

Ok so this is my first attempt, haven't made the countries, cities or names yet but so far so good.
Critique and opinions more that welcome. If the image isn't clear enough, I'll post a bigger file. Didn't want to be over bearing.

02-16-2009, 04:27 PM
Thats very nice :)

I would love to see a larger version and what software did you use to make it?


02-16-2009, 04:27 PM
Looks great at this scale so, yeah, bigger is better :) The max here is roughly 4000 x 4000 pixels while keeping it under 4.7 megs.

Steel General
02-16-2009, 04:46 PM
...and don't forget that you can include your map in your post. No need for outside sites like Photobucket, etc. (unless your image is egiganormous! :D)

02-16-2009, 04:55 PM
Definitely going for the 'real world' look there, and it looks fantastic! Was it all done in PS?

I'd love to get a close up look at the mountains if it's possible.

02-16-2009, 05:09 PM
Yea it was PS... following (roughly) Ascension's tutorials.
So far I want to change the rivers, add some more lakes and add some islands in the lakes.... blend in some details to make them smoother and well add the cities, towns, ports, etc... interactive detail of the different countries.
The scale is huge... it's 3 continents, who knows how many countries and a lot of cities. (Andrew thinks that's his job but I'm loving the map so I'll be taking over the world)

Thanks, here goes a larger size:


It's kinda big.... um yea. Sorry

02-16-2009, 05:19 PM
(Andrew thinks that's his job but I'm loving the map so I'll be taking over the world) It's not unusual. My wife does it too, but in R/L. :)

Ascension's tutorial is a real beauty, but it does require good ps knowledge on the part of the user. Which I see you have - watch out Ascension!!

I love it when people use a tutorial for a base and then incorporate their own variations of style.

02-16-2009, 05:28 PM
begin horrible scottish accent
It warms me 'eart to no end to 'ave another disciple :) I see that ye 'ave executed me tut most proficiently. Glad to be of 'elp to ya, I am. Looks most splendid. Hope ye can teach me a thing or three along the way.
/end horrible scottish accent

Anywho, looks great :)

02-16-2009, 05:34 PM
Really nice continental layout, the landmasses look really good.

02-16-2009, 08:49 PM
Thanks!!!! Man oh man!!! I cam back from work... mostly after a rant to my students about how to use photoshop I realized that I'm starting again... Andrew "Your nuts, it's fine" me "but it could be soooo much better"
have a theory on how to make rivers look better... also I hear rumors that there would be an island with molten lava, a volcano is essential.

Thanks all... any advice on how to get volcanoes to look like volcanoes instead of just another mountain would be great.

Thanks again.

02-16-2009, 09:23 PM
Might as well go to the same source as you got the original tutorial from: Ascension did some experimenting with volcanoes shortly after he arrived. A search should find it.

edit: And never apologize for pixels. Bigger is better! As long as you're not stretching the forum viewport, that is.

02-16-2009, 09:42 PM
Hey man, good work. Map looks very beautiful!

One thing though, if I may: some of the rivers seem a bit off, disconnected or meander in unnatural ways. Maybe it's my eyes or monitor though...I'm getting old :)

02-16-2009, 10:00 PM
Your right about the rivers... I'm fixing it as we speak... and yea.. I'll look into the volcanoes.. Thanks!

02-16-2009, 10:32 PM
My volcano experiment is here:


It's not the greatest since I now know how to do it better but this is a good intro course kind of thing to get the juices flowing.

02-17-2009, 01:04 AM
Thanks for the help, I'll post the new version of the map in progress tomorrow.
It'll give me time to get read the tutorial through.
Good night


02-17-2009, 07:25 AM
Quite pretty, really.

02-17-2009, 01:36 PM
That's very nice. Re volcanoes in the bottom south east corner of the map you have a submerged feature that looks just like a volcano to me so (without knowing anything about the software your using) can you do the same but on land?


02-17-2009, 06:15 PM
Very nice.

02-18-2009, 09:20 PM
Pretty map. I'd suggest making the water a bit darker, at the moment there are some areas where the water looks like it is above the land - but that might just be the SE lighting playing tricks on me :)

Very pretty.

02-19-2009, 04:00 PM
Thanks!! and thanks for the advice.. I'll post the edited version of it.. still working on it a bit.