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Diamond
09-10-2009, 01:16 AM
I was displeased with the way the Gorian map was going, so I thought I'd try out another one of Ascension's tuts - the Antique Style. I've diverged quite a bit from the tutorial, so I thought I'd post what I've got so far and collect opinions before going farther. This thing has taken me about seven hours so far... I'm exhausted.

Gregorus Prime
09-10-2009, 02:45 AM
Personally, I don't think the colors you've chosen fit too well with the style. They're the kind of muted colors you'd find on a modern map.

Diamond
09-10-2009, 03:47 AM
I think I'm going to stay with those colors. I actually have a couple of antique atlases, one from the 1890s, one from the 1870s, and both of them have a kind of muted pastel color scheme. Granted, a lot of that might be due to the pages fading over time, but I tried to replicate some of those colors here. Also, once I do the final overlays it should tone things down even more.

Any other suggestions or criticisms? How do those Vandy mountains look? Seeing as he originally scanned them from antique maps, I figured they'd look right at home here.

Diamond
09-10-2009, 03:51 AM
Here's an update. City/town icons added, as well as some text.

Alfar
09-10-2009, 04:02 AM
This looks very good. Have some rep.

Maybe you want to tone down the woodcut effect in the bays, especially the Gulf of Sharen (I could hardly read the name)

Lucas_Adorn
09-10-2009, 04:51 AM
I like it.

Very curious river just above 'Empire' of Dasicca. going all the way to the point of the peninsula. it must be a fairly concave peninsula?

Eilathen
09-10-2009, 06:43 AM
Very nice. I really like your mapping-style. Another good looking map.

Have some rep.

Steel General
09-10-2009, 07:28 AM
Looking good so far Diamond.

One little thing that kind of caught my eye is that the various fonts tend to get 'lost' when they are over a lot of terrain features.

Diamond
09-10-2009, 11:20 PM
Maybe you want to tone down the woodcut effect in the bays, especially the Gulf of Sharen (I could hardly read the name)
Yup, I'll do that.

Very curious river just above 'Empire' of Dasicca. going all the way to the point of the peninsula. it must be a fairly concave peninsula?
It's actually a huge swampy delta.

One little thing that kind of caught my eye is that the various fonts tend to get 'lost' when they are over a lot of terrain features.
Yeah, I'm gonna have to play with the fonts a little bit there...

Thanks guys!

Diamond
09-11-2009, 02:55 AM
Okay, update time. I toned down the woodcut effect, so the text in the bays should be easier to read now; I also replaced the outer glow around the country names with a 2px stroke. That might be too much, but we'll see how it looks; I can always go back and change it.

All the country names are in - next I'll name the major rivers and mountain ranges, and then... the towns and cities. That might take me a few decades. :D

Oh, and a bit of background on this world: Basically, it's a fantasy steampunk type of setting, with mid to late 19th century tech mixed with magic. Besides humankind, there are dwarven nations (including a pseudo-Islamic one), and orc-like barbarians in the east (for whom I need to come up with a good name) who alternately feud and ally with the barbaric human tribes in the same region.

Steel General
09-11-2009, 08:12 AM
Fonts/labels look much better now.

Diamond
09-23-2009, 03:03 AM
Hey guys, I still plan to finish this, but I've got some kind of problem with my Photoshop right now. Once I get a chance to re-load it and work out whatever the heck's wrong with it, I'll finish this map up.

Ascension
09-23-2009, 09:23 AM
What's the problem?

Diamond
09-26-2009, 03:24 AM
What's the problem?
Not quite sure. When I use certain fonts the whole thing freezes and shuts down; I'm also getting some odd pixelation/artifacts whenever I use a brush. These are fonts and brushes I've had for a long time, so it's not like they're new (and possibly buggy) downloads.

Combine that with a new job and a major head cold, and it's not fun times.

Ascension
09-26-2009, 05:11 AM
If you can zip the brushes I'll take a look at them. Also, which fonts? I know sometimes the heavily ornate ones take a bit to display, like Saraband.