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Flaterectomy
03-07-2009, 01:58 PM
Hello folks! This is my first post, and my first map to boot. Well, I've made maps before, but they were for different purposes and I feel they don't count. :D

In any case, it've mostly just used this to practice some techniques (in Photoshop 7) that I've seen before (from tutorials on this forum, video tutorials, and just figuring out how others have made their maps, etc), and there's no back story or even a name for this world/region. I am just hoping to get some feedback. ;)

Ascension
03-07-2009, 02:14 PM
Nice tropical color scheme, looks sunny and happy. Mountains look good, forests look good; aside from the lakes having no egress (no rivers flowing out of the lakes to the seas) I'd say this is a keeper. Nice job.

Steel General
03-07-2009, 08:14 PM
Very nice, and since you posted a map in your intro post - have some more rep. *bonk*

Flaterectomy
03-08-2009, 07:42 AM
Nice tropical color scheme, looks sunny and happy. Mountains look good, forests look good; aside from the lakes having no egress (no rivers flowing out of the lakes to the seas) I'd say this is a keeper. Nice job.

Well there you go, my first rookie mistake. ;) I updated the map (see attachment) so that the water in the lakes has some place to go, and I dimmed the tropical greenery ever so slightly in some parts to make it a little less uniform. Thank you for your comments! :D


Very nice, and since you posted a map in your intro post - have some more rep. *bonk*

Thank you, sir. Anything that has the bonk sound effect must be good. :D

Ascension
03-08-2009, 08:07 AM
There ya go, most excellent.

Soixante
03-08-2009, 08:41 AM
Very nice colour scheme.

torstan
03-08-2009, 01:02 PM
Lovely map - any chance of a higher res version?

töff
03-08-2009, 01:19 PM
Where do all these "this is my first map" people come off with such nice maps? My first map looked like some kind of Crayola aneurysm.

Ascension
03-08-2009, 01:28 PM
They're hired guns, ringers I tell ya. :)

Flaterectomy
03-08-2009, 02:31 PM
Lovely map - any chance of a higher res version?

I made it at exactly the same size that I uploaded it, so I'd have to reconstruct it. Given that I had no particular clue going into this map, I think my next map had better be something I actually planned ahead. :D

Then again, I could try and rebuild this map using some of pasis' techniques (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=4405). Something to think about.


Where do all these "this is my first map" people come off with such nice maps? My first map looked like some kind of Crayola aneurysm.

Well I do have some experience with Photoshop (having dabbled with making Half-Life 2 textures has had a good influence on this map), and I have made maps before, though they were never made-to-be-pretty maps.

I looked into world mapping a while ago when I worked on a world map for a MUD, and I got back into it now since I will hopefully be doing the same thing again in the near future. Such maps, though, are made to directly render the game world, with specific hex colours determining the terrain type, so any effort to make the map look nice would ruin its purpose. ;)


They're hired guns, ringers I tell ya. :)

Ooh, that reminds me - I need to cash in my paycheck. :twisted:

MadLetter
03-09-2009, 02:33 PM
For a first shot, this map is truly excellent. Have some rep! ;)

Map Vandal
03-09-2009, 03:59 PM
Excellent map. i really like the texture in the water. It gives it quite a bit of depth.

Hoel
03-09-2009, 09:13 PM
Nice work.
Looks a bit like my own :)

StillCypher
03-16-2009, 08:22 PM
That's a darned nice map for a 'first time'! Yeesh!

Really like the textures and the toned down colors! :)

Redrobes
03-16-2009, 09:32 PM
Real nice map there.