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05-21-2009, 09:33 AM
Ciao from Italy!

I've prepared this Map in 2 steps (better 3)

- First I've researched and captured symbols at
I think that is the best site to have high res symbols
After with photoshop I've mixed all the stuff

- the analogical process to aging the map: after print I've put sheets in a box with hot water and coffee and dried on my balcony.

The last part is always the most funny ;)

I've bough some watercolor pencils to give a colour touch to trees and roads, next time maybe...

I'm glad to read all your critics and comments!


zoltar - www.drakken.it

Steel General
05-21-2009, 09:38 AM
Those are some great map symbols.

05-21-2009, 09:46 AM
And that's a great resource site.

The first map I opened had castles done in in a very fun way... http://www.jnul.huji.ac.il/dl/maps/pal/html/eng/pal002368921.htm

05-21-2009, 05:51 PM
Wow those map symbols are great and the site has a ton of stuff to go through i will be looking at it for weeks... would you be willing to post a couple of the symbols you extracted already or direct me/us to WHICH maps (or which section the site is Huge) you focused on or found the best symbols. I love them. I have always wished i could just hand draw them on that level alas with only a mouse I cant do it. That and I want to evolve beyond Wingdings or Symbols for towns...

05-21-2009, 06:05 PM
Yeah, great map and great symbols. That website is also a great find...
Have some rep for posting your first map and of such nice quality as well :)

Ryan K
05-21-2009, 06:20 PM
I love your method of making the paper look aged - you said that you did that after printing? Was there much trouble in preventing the lines from running?

05-22-2009, 02:38 AM
oh god
your scale
it's turning me on

05-22-2009, 10:07 AM
oh god
your scale
it's turning me on

Well gosh. I mean, I like it a lot, too, but...

05-24-2009, 03:45 AM
oh! thanks!

Ryan I think that are different way to approach aging paper

- If you have a Laser printer you can print and after put in the coffee water
- Ink printer could have problems because ink will vanish in contact with water, so could be a smart solution try to soak a dozen blank sheets, dry, clean coffee dirt on paper and after try to print on them!

I think that is the better solution even with laser printer ;)

It's fun to prepare this things, no?

Ryan K
05-24-2009, 04:04 AM
Thank you, Zoltar, I am thinking that I will definitely try your method upon completion of my works-in-progress. Oh, and have some rep!