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icosahedron
07-21-2009, 12:34 PM
Ok, I'll have a play with this one - it sounds like something I can get my teeth into...

I'm going to try to create something using just the original components of Viewingdale. I may have to add a few things, but we'll see.

Here's the first draft - not much more than a placeholder really, nothing to see yet.

Redrobes
07-21-2009, 02:39 PM
Hah ! I was thinking of doing something similar. I thought maybe id buy a few bags of sweets and do the gingerbread house. Was that in Red Riding Hood or another... cant remember. Hansel and Gretal maybe... Oh I dunno. Anyway, cant wait to see the mama Wolf all dressed up :)

ravells
07-21-2009, 03:42 PM
Heh Iso that looks like 'Pong' with an enormous ball!

icosahedron
07-22-2009, 02:25 PM
Gingerbread House was Hansel and Gretel, Redrobes - like I need the creator of Viewingdale as a competition rival. ;)

No, seriously, it would be good to see your take on that. Enter it. :)

I don't plan on showing the characters. I'm doing this one as a map rather than as a virtual environment.

Hopefully it won't look like Pong for long, Ravells, I was going to update it today, but what I did was total crap, so hit the Delete button. I'll have another go later.

icosahedron
07-22-2009, 05:35 PM
Ok, here's an update.

This might be as far as I'm going, certainly for today. Gimp has utterly exhausted my patience. It just seems so ridiculously convoluted to perform tasks that Word Draw will do in two clicks of the mouse!

The Viewingdale bit was done in about 40 minutes, the following two hours was spent trying to get gimp to add a few labels. :mad:

Then it decided not to save. Two hours work on four layers, and the screen freezes mid-save. Fortunately it unfroze when I threw the keyboard on the floor as I stood up to fetch the axe...

ravells
07-22-2009, 05:43 PM
You, my man, need Serif Drawplus!

Inkscape is the cheapo alternative, but I think you'll like Drawplus better. From what you say, it's much more suited to your way of drawing.

Always label in vector....it's ten times easier.

Redrobes
07-22-2009, 05:46 PM
Hey thats pretty cool stuff. That lock up, thats the secret leprechaun installed into every PC keyboard. When you dropped it, he was knocked out for a while allowing the elves to save your file.

I was thinking about the gingerbread house... if I can find the right bag of sweets then ill do it.

That Serif Plus does seem to be alright, give it a go !

Oh and this reminds me, I need to start the lite thumbs for this month too.

icosahedron
07-23-2009, 08:17 AM
Thanks for the tip, Ravells. I probably picked the wrong program out of the hat. I've got Inkscape, I'll try importing the map into that and see if I can get better labels that way - I'm still not happy with them.

I actually like the transparent label for the map title, but smaller fonts become unreadable on the forest background.

Thanks for the compliment Redrobes.

I wonder if Leprechauns like coffee...

RobA
07-23-2009, 05:36 PM
Inkscape is the cat's meow for labeling. It is my current weapon de jour for such work.

-Rob A>

icosahedron
07-24-2009, 02:02 PM
Well, I persevered - despite problems: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=71124&postcount=1

Basically I just kept clicking and reclicking, unintentionally moving the base drawing more times than I care to recall, but eventually, I got the objects and labels on the map roughly where I wanted them. I'd still love to know how to select and move an object properly, though. :(

and came up with a new version. I included international pictograms instead of labels for the three buildings - I figured it added something, but I'm no artist. ;)

EDIT: Oops, forgot to add these essentials:

"This design contains artwork that is 2006-2008 FunDraw.Com." (Wolf in Bed)
Red Riding Hood clip courtesy of Susanne's Square
Axe clip public domain

The licence to use required a credit, which I copied but forgot to paste.:oops:

icosahedron
07-30-2009, 12:22 PM
I think this might be the final - just cropped the pic down to neaten it up.

Copyright disclaimers:
"This design contains artwork that is 2006-2008 FunDraw.Com." (Wolf in Bed)
Red Riding Hood clip courtesy of Susanne's Square
Axe clip public domain.