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PeaceHeather
04-06-2009, 01:07 PM
I was playing around a couple nights ago and stumbled across a ridiculously easy way to make maps that, frankly, look better than anything I've come up with so far. It mainly involves rendering a layer of clouds, duplicating it about a million times, and then doing various things to groups of layers: level adjust, emboss, threshold/alpha mask, and coloring in.

Thing is, I'm pretty new here and this seems simple enough that someone must have already done a tut on it by now, or deemed it too silly to require a tut, and I don't want to get laughed off the board for publishing something. ;)

Also, it's for Paint.NET, although it should translate to GIMP or any of the other programs with no trouble.

So... y'know... would that be worth putting together for y'all?

Peace,
Heather

Midgardsormr
04-06-2009, 01:19 PM
There is a serious lack of tutorials for Paint.NET here, so please do write it up.

There are a number of clouds-and-threshold tutorials already for the Gimp and Photoshop, but each takes a slightly different approach, and I've found value in all of them despite the significant overlap. Yet another perspective on the technique is welcome.

Korash
04-06-2009, 01:24 PM
I would think think that any tutorial that is not available for a program (such as almost anything for PDN) would be welcome. As someone who tries out "other prog" tuts in Gimp just to see how they translates, I for one would welcome this. I would also like to see what PDN can do. Another thing is that if there is one person who discovers something in a program, it is a safe bet that there are others who have been trying to figure out how to do it.

All that ramblin' aside, Yes, I think it would be worth while doing this. And do not fear being laughed at. We are a friendly bunch here (for the most part ;) )

Feralspirit
04-06-2009, 04:20 PM
I haven't been laughed off the boards yet, in spite of some Seriously Silly things, so, no need to worry about that. Regarding your technique, post some results, give us a taste of what's in store. :)

PeaceHeather
04-06-2009, 05:35 PM
Okay, I'll post, but only if you tell me what the Seriously Silly things consist of, Feralspirit.

Ascension
04-06-2009, 06:27 PM
That's pretty decent. I don't know what all PDN can and can't do but I could see a few places where I could make a tweak here and there and get my usual style. Post it up, I know there are others here who use PDN so they'll shower you with hugs and praises :) Oh, and don't worry about looking stupid or silly; I do that at least once a day...just roll with it.

Feralspirit
04-06-2009, 06:59 PM
Hey, those are nice. The first being my favorite (nice colors and land definition). Definitely post a tut to produce those. :)

As for confessing...um, er... I guess you could check out the software discussion forum for the Layer effects in GIMP thread, if it hasn't been deleted yet. :oops:

Cheers and Peace out, Heather! :)

PeaceHeather
04-06-2009, 08:26 PM
Look for something in a couple days. At the moment I have an insistent three-year-old at my elbow.

Steel General
04-07-2009, 07:18 AM
Oh, and don't worry about looking stupid or silly; I do that at least once a day...just roll with it.

If I don't manage that at least 2 or 3 times a day, I view the whole day as a failure :D

PeaceHeather
04-10-2009, 11:11 PM
Hey all,
Thanks for the encouragement! The text of the tutorial is finished, but it's currently missing images, and the links to go and download the various plug-ins needed to actually follow along. Those will need to wait another couple of days, though - busy weekend ahead.

Should I throw the text up here anyway, or wait till I'm actually, y'know, done?

Korash
04-11-2009, 12:49 AM
Should I throw the text up here anyway, or wait till I'm actually, y'know, done?

You are talking to a bunch of mappers here. Things are never done. At least to our own satisfaction. "I just need to tweek this just a bit more" or "I just thought of something else I could add" :D

Post what you got and add to it when you have time. Just make sure you mention that the tut is not complete 'cause there are a couple of Scribes looking for tuts to make PDFs out of and might be ticked if they have to redo the Tut PDFs over again ;)

Ascension
04-11-2009, 01:58 AM
I'd wait until the pics are added in. I can certainly follow along with just text but it's nice to see the verification of what I'm doing as I follow along instead of just guessing. Either way, it's your tut...do with it as you will :)

PeaceHeather
04-16-2009, 01:41 PM
Well, it's up, under its own thread, and I hope it's at least easy to follow. (note the correct usage of apostrophes there)

So far it hsn't seen a lot of traffic, and I know that's in part because few people here use PDN, but still. The techniques should translate pretty well, and I'd like at least a little feedback.

Cheers!