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halfred
08-22-2009, 08:38 AM
Greetings, guild members.

I've been looking through the tutorials and finished maps for a while, and I'm looking forward to trying some of these efforts. I've played D&D since the early 80s, and now I'm a proud father of a 13-year-old gaming kid (RPGs, board games, card games, miniatures,...).

Most of the maps that I've created have been done with pen and paper, sometimes scanned and touched-up (though my image manipulation skills are rudimentary).

Attached are two examples: a watercolor and ink map focusing on a portion of the Elsir Vale from Red Hand of Doom for a kids' group I run at the local library, and a map I did of the venue for a local gaming convention (http://www.northeastwars.com/).

In participating in the guild, I'm hoping to learn a lot about image editing, and I'm specifically interested in how to create encounter maps with a grid. I've searched for tutorials and threads on the latter, but no luck so far. But some maps have nice battle grids. Anyone know of some good descriptions of technique?

Thanks,

Geoff

Jykke
08-22-2009, 08:56 AM
The watercolor map is quite nice :) There probably is tutorials on how to create grid based encounter maps.. have you checked the tutorial section already, or done a search on forum ? Oh, and have some rep for the watercolour map :) Welcome aboard!

Steel General
08-22-2009, 09:14 AM
Firstly... Welcome Aboard!

Both are nice maps, the water color especially so.

How to add a grid to a battle map will probably depend on what software you are using. I can think of at least two ways off the top off my head on how to do it in Photoshop, at least one should work in most raster-based graphic editors.

Create a new empty layer than fill it with a grid-pattern. There are programs for generating these grids available on the web, but I'm pretty sure there are several examples posted here in the map elements forum.

Jykke
08-22-2009, 09:42 AM
Many people here on the forum use gimp as an image editor. If you are not sure with which program to start with, it's probably a good choice "tutorial wise". And the second good thing about it - it's totally free.

Korash
08-22-2009, 11:55 AM
Yup...first post...first map....and a good one too :)

Definitely worth some rep, and welcome to the Guild.

NeonKnight
08-22-2009, 12:29 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

halfred
08-22-2009, 01:06 PM
Thanks for welcome and feedback. I've worked with PS Elements, Paint.NET, a little of the GIMP, and I did the icons in the Con map in Inkscape (getting the SVG -> WMF for my page layout was a big pain).

I did some forum and tutorial searches, but thanks to @Steel General, I have some new search terms.

Gandwarf
08-22-2009, 02:55 PM
Welcome to the guild and have some rep for posting these cool maps. The first one is especially nice!

ravells
08-22-2009, 04:27 PM
Welcome to the Guild! I love the handdrawn feel of the first map too. Lovely stuff!