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megrim
07-10-2007, 07:45 AM
This map is for my upcoming book (more like story) The Dark Lineage. The book will be completely online and free to read. Though i am not a writer nor am i studying for such a thing i love fantasy and i love a good story, once the first chapter is done i will give the link to anyone interested on reading it as it will be uploaded by chapters... anyways back to the map!!

The map was made completely in photoshop, i used the pencil tool with a brush diameter of 2 for the border of the world and a brush diameter of 1 for the lines representing the water. To achieve this effect simply create two layers (one for the terrain and one for the "water" lines) place the terrain layer above the other one, after u are done with the layout of the world just give it a white fill. For the waterlines make alot of vertical lines once the layout of the world is made u just need to erase portions of the lines as you see in my map and make blank spots for large masses of water. For the terrain itself (mountains and forests etc) you have two choices; draw them or use any symbols for maps that you prefer such as cc2 (i did both).

To give a symbol a nifty inky look just go to image menu hit on calculate (this will give you a monochromatic version of the image) then to image menu once again and click on adjustments > Brightness/Contrast... play with the settings to create the perfect desired effect, the rest is left to your imagination.

I hope you all liked the small tutorial (if it could be called one) i assumed that those interested have some basic knowledge of how photoshop works, let me know guys what you think of my map!!

Torq
07-10-2007, 09:44 AM
I really like your map Megrim. The combination of old explorer's map with a fantasy standard approach really works IMHO.

Well done.

RPMiller
07-10-2007, 12:03 PM
Well done! Repped! :cool:

Just one nitpick that stuck out: Some of your "water texture" is inland. Other than that you seem to definitely hit on a great style.

megrim
07-10-2007, 01:14 PM
Well done! Repped! :cool:

Just one nitpick that stuck out: Some of your "water texture" is inland. Other than that you seem to definitely hit on a great style.

haha that is a common misinterpretation, it is actually dirt see how the lines are shorter and most of them dont flow with the water, it is a common thing in old maps. Thanks for the observation though!!

RPMiller
07-10-2007, 02:04 PM
haha that is a common misinterpretation, it is actually dirt see how the lines are shorter and most of them dont flow with the water, it is a common thing in old maps. Thanks for the observation though!!
Bottom center - They look pretty much exactly the same as the water lines, and are inline with them as well.

ravells
07-10-2007, 03:18 PM
Lovely map!

Ravs

megrim
07-10-2007, 03:50 PM
Bottom center - They look pretty much exactly the same as the water lines, and are inline with them as well.

indeed... i will have to turn that into a swampland to give an excuse to the lines =P

RPMiller
07-10-2007, 04:31 PM
Lovely map!

Ravs
Well then give 'em some rep! ;)

indeed... i will have to turn that into a swampland to give an excuse to the lines =P
LOL

ravells
07-10-2007, 06:50 PM
Done! sorry, it's new to me and I keep forgetting!

Ravs

RPMiller
07-10-2007, 07:15 PM
Now that we have both repped him do you see how the square is green in his header? That is what it will do as users accumulate rep. Additional boxes will also start showing up the more they get.

ravells
07-10-2007, 07:40 PM
This is a really cool indicator. Nice touch.

pyrandon
07-11-2007, 01:55 AM
Hi, Megrim. Nicely done.

One suggestion: the text appears gray(er) & in smoother definition than the rest of the map; it appears to be nonorganic in comparison to the style of the rest of the map. This is also true of the light gray fill of the Sulindal buildings.

Otherwise, I really like it! (Plus thanks a lot for the tutorial notes in your introduction--I wish more people would do that so I could steal--errr, I mean USE their techniques!)

ravells
07-11-2007, 07:29 AM
That's interesting, Don. I really liked the light grey text. For me it makes it easier to read as it doesn't confuse with the black and white elements around it.

megrim
07-11-2007, 08:43 AM
That's interesting, Don. I really liked the light grey text. For me it makes it easier to read as it doesn't confuse with the black and white elements around it.

That was the intention behind it =). Also the gray in the town of Sulindal has its reason; thats where the story of the book begins, so i made it that it would stand out from the other buildings (plus it took me a few minutes to figure out the effect with calculate and contrast and that town was my first test).

The Cartographist
12-13-2007, 07:07 AM
megrim - really like the map. How is the story coming? Have you completed the first (or subsequent) chapter(s)?

Can we read it? Well, can we, can we?

megrim
01-09-2008, 03:11 AM
well, i have been very, very, very busy the last couple of months so i didn't write much... BUT i will post what i can give away from what i have written so far. (I have a nice idea for a map so i will work on it as soon as i have time.)

Tongues began to wag in Sulindal and in the nearby villages; the preparations for the festival had begun. Unlike past gatherings, this year’s festival was very special, that very month a rumor was spread about that there were going to be some unique guests – Elves. The site of eccentric folks – by human standards – such as dwarves and the peculiar gnomes is seldom, but the presence of an elf had yet to be seen in Sulindal. Days passed and the day of the festival drew nearer. From afar, the villagers could hear the rolling sound of wagons and the dulcet tones of the arriving outlanders. Amidst the newcomers, two men and a young boy traveled in an odd-looking wagon. Jast, a short tempered, slim man, with squinty dark eyes, held the reins of the horse leading the wagon. To his right sat Grom, a small, compact man, with fair skin and a bland, square face. Grom is an unflappable man by nature, as well as clever. In the back of the wagon sat Kira, the youngest of the group. He was tall for most boys of his age, with almost platinum hair and hard translucent yellow eyes that make others feel like he sees right into the core of their being. His pale complexion might hint some elven heritage to those with keen eyes, but this is not the case. He is lithe, slim, and graceful in his build, movements and appearance.

“Are we there yet?” Kira asked impatiently. “No,” replied Jast, “but you better keep quite if you don’t want to walk!” Grom stared at both of them with a fuming expression on his face. “You two better calm down, we will arrive shortly.” said Grom. Kira sighed and his thoughts strayed as he observed his surroundings. He often thought about his home and his mother.