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Map Vandal
03-23-2009, 06:01 PM
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Here is my attempt at pleasing the river police. I doubt I will get a chance to work on this before the competition closes, so this is probably my final version.

ravells
03-23-2009, 06:06 PM
That's pretty lovely!

Torq
03-24-2009, 03:37 AM
I agree. Great looking artistic map. The rivers seem a bit pixelated to me though.

Torq

Steel General
03-24-2009, 07:47 AM
Nice work, have to agree with Torq though - just a bit of pixellation on the rivers - a bit of a blur may help soften that.

Map Vandal
03-24-2009, 01:12 PM
Thanks guys. I agree the rivers were a bit pixelated. I applied a blur to them as Steel General recommended and I think they turned out a lot better.

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Map Vandal
03-24-2009, 02:10 PM
After being inspired to work on the rivers, I decided to try some things with the mountains as well. Please let me know what you think and which version you like better.

Thanks,

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Steel General
03-24-2009, 02:50 PM
I like bits and pieces of both...

Your first ones were more "crunchy" (which I prefer) but kind of faded out (probably low opacity?). The second are much more 'defined' but very smooth and remind me a bit of the mesas etc. you used to see in the old Road Runner/Coyote cartoons.

I wonder how it would look if you could find a way to combine the two?

Torq
03-24-2009, 03:07 PM
I think the new mountains look fantastic on the thumbnail but close up seem rather blurred. I think that if made a bit sharper they will look better than the old mountains. This might just be a personal taste thing though.

Torq

Map Vandal
03-24-2009, 03:26 PM
I like bits and pieces of both...

Your first ones were more "crunchy" (which I prefer) but kind of faded out (probably low opacity?). The second are much more 'defined' but very smooth and remind me a bit of the mesas etc. you used to see in the old Road Runner/Coyote cartoons.

I wonder how it would look if you could find a way to combine the two?

Great idea. I tried combining them and this is what I ended up with.

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Steel General
03-24-2009, 04:23 PM
Looks nice, but to me (and maybe it's just me) it looks like they are faded or the opacity is turned way down.

Map Vandal
03-24-2009, 04:44 PM
Looks nice, but to me (and maybe it's just me) it looks like they are faded or the opacity is turned way down.

Yeah I agree that they seem a little faded. I drew them as somewhat of an experiment since I have little experience with mountains. When I first drew them in, I used a low opacity brush, so now even though the layer opacity is set to 100%, they look faded. I don't know what I can do to fix this other than redraw them.

Benarius
03-24-2009, 04:52 PM
I have to say, this are the best looking mountains I've seen so far.

Just use your levels and apply a sharpenning filter. Takes some fiddling around. And maybe apply a gaussian blur again. The combination of sharpenning and bluring can give some intresting and unexpected blending results.

Regards
Benarius

Steel General
03-24-2009, 05:15 PM
You could try duplicating the levels and stacking them up, not sure if that will work or not.