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teknohippy
06-01-2009, 11:43 AM
My first post here, just discovered the site.

Here's a map I made for the current campaign we're playing. (http://luquin.teknohippy.net)

A quick rundown of the process.

1. First I drew some circles in Illustrator to represent the islands and finalise the positioning.

2. This illustrator file then loaded into AutoRealm to fractalise the outlines.

3. Back into illustrator to tweak, remove outlines, create a solid black fill.

4. Copied and pasted into photoshop where everything else was done with a combination of techniques from various tutorials.

msa
06-01-2009, 11:54 AM
A very functional, but still attractive map. Any way we could get you to upload a higher-quality version?

teknohippy
06-01-2009, 11:57 AM
Thank you.

It's intended as a player handout.

I've got 3508x2480px maximum, what size would you recommend attaching?

Steel General
06-01-2009, 11:58 AM
First off... Welcome Aboard!

Secondly... ditto everything msa said - the subtle wrinkling of the background is quite nice.

Thirdly... since you uploaded a map in your very first post, have some 'rep' *bonk*

msa
06-01-2009, 12:00 PM
No specific recommendation. The map I'm currently working on in the lite challenge section is an ~1800x1800 jpeg and is well under the size limit for the site. I'd really just like to be able to read the text and see the detail around the coasts a little more clearly.

teknohippy
06-01-2009, 12:10 PM
I found a screen sized copy that's quite a bit bigger. Not got the psd here at work. :(

Gandwarf
06-01-2009, 12:16 PM
More coolness :D

NeonKnight
06-01-2009, 04:08 PM
A beautiful map. I love it!

Redrobes
06-01-2009, 04:10 PM
Awesome first post map. Love it.

Ascension
06-01-2009, 04:31 PM
Real nice woodcut ocean ripples, text is clear, lines are clean...good stuff. A lil on the rusty color side but I can live with that...nice job and welcome to the guild.

Turgenev
06-01-2009, 10:25 PM
Welcome to the guild, teknohippy. That's a very nice map that deserves some rep! Well done.

TheRedEpic
06-01-2009, 10:32 PM
ooo, i really like this map...very simple and elegant, something i sometimes forget about in my work. This is basics at its best, bravo:)

Still_Pond
06-02-2009, 09:43 AM
My suggestions, (and I feel odd making any as I'm a noob too all this), are as follows:

1. Maybe use the circle inside a circle you're using for town locations for only large towns, and just a single black circle for the smaller towns.

2. Bring down the saturation of the whole thing some, it seems too bright.

3. Sometimes I add a color-burned edge around some things like those thicker continent lines to simulate ink bleeding some on the parchment. Parts of it seem to clean.

And I had a question for some of the more experienced map makers here. I see maps like this on rumpled parchment and think to my self, wouldn't the lines bend with the folds of the paper? Is there some way to simulate this without complex 3d rendering or hand drawing every grid line? Does it look worse to do that, even if it might be more "realistic"?

Great map though, makes me want to board a vessel and set sail.

teknohippy
06-02-2009, 10:08 AM
And I had a question for some of the more experienced map makers here. I see maps like this on rumpled parchment and think to my self, wouldn't the lines bend with the folds of the paper? Is there some way to simulate this without complex 3d rendering or hand drawing every grid line? Does it look worse to do that, even if it might be more "realistic"?
Great map though, makes me want to board a vessel and set sail.

You could use the displace filter in Photoshop. I actually tried that with this map and didn't like what it did to the text.

Still_Pond
06-03-2009, 10:12 AM
Nice, I forgot about that filter. I tried it and liked it, but I had to make a bit of a blurry displacement map and adjust the levels or my lines got too jagged. Thanks for the suggestion.

torstan
06-03-2009, 12:00 PM
Great maps. I like it a lot.

My one suggestion would be that the crinkeld paper texture underneath is a little sharp - I don't think paper would have quite that surface. Of course now you'll tell me that you scrunched up some paper, photographed it and used that :)

Great first post - repped and rated. Welcome to the guild.

teknohippy
06-03-2009, 01:44 PM
Of course now you'll tell me that you scrunched up some paper, photographed it and used that :)

Only if you really want me to :) *grins*

It'd have to be fairly thin paper to scrunch like that, about 50-60gsm or there abouts. (Sorry used to be a printer :) )

We use this as out campaign map, printed out A2 mounted onto 8mm foamex ( a kind of stiff foam board) and laminated.

We stick pins in where we've been and wrap wool lines around them. :)