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Katerek
05-04-2009, 05:47 AM
I wasn't too sure where to post this.

This map is one that my kid brother wanted me to do for him for a Castles and Crusades game he was going to run. There isn't a whole lot to say about it really - other than I did it all in Photoshop.

C&C are greatly welcome and appreciated!

Steel General
05-04-2009, 09:06 AM
Looks nice, I like the compass rose and border.

My only nit-pick would be that the style of forest you used doesn't seem to 'mesh' with the rest of the map.

Katerek
05-05-2009, 06:37 AM
Ya know - the forest thing has always been a complaint of my own. For my money, when I am doing game maps, utility is of big concern. So I want to know elevations and physical characteristics of terrain - but I ALSO want to know vegetative states - i.e. whether or not there is a forest. I haven't figured out how to convey both on one map yet. Any suggestions that you have would be GREATLY appreciated.

isomage
05-05-2009, 06:39 AM
Are the mountains hand-drawn?

Ramah
05-05-2009, 06:47 AM
Ya know - the forest thing has always been a complaint of my own. For my money, when I am doing game maps, utility is of big concern. So I want to know elevations and physical characteristics of terrain - but I ALSO want to know vegetative states - i.e. whether or not there is a forest. I haven't figured out how to convey both on one map yet. Any suggestions that you have would be GREATLY appreciated.

Maybe they would mesh more if you lowered the opacity on the stroke, maybe blurred it a little. Maybe a slight change in the hue of the forest would help too. Looks a little cartoony as it is.

Katerek
05-05-2009, 06:56 AM
Isomage - Yep. The whole map is entirely hand-drawn. Well...via the mouse anyway. I am no longer able to draw anything like this with an actual pencil and paper - my arthritis is such that holding a pen or pencil for longer than a few minutes is excruciating; but using a wheel mouse allows my hand to relax more.

Katerek
05-05-2009, 06:58 AM
Ramah - I wish I knew more what you meant. The term 'stroke' throws me. I use photoshop, but I am entirely self taught - in other words I just installed the program and tore at it through trial and error - I have never actually made the time to trudge through tutorials or whatnot (though I DO intend to).

I do agree with you though about the whole cartoony thing though.

Steel General
05-05-2009, 07:02 AM
Stroke is usually referring to the outline of an object/shape - so for your trees it would be the darker green you used to make the general shape of the forests.