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Karthis
10-12-2009, 03:11 AM
Hi all,

First off, I nearly had a heart attack when I found out this forum existed and had a category for requests. I'm busy programming a game, and I've always wanted a really nice map to go with it. I do have one here (http://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq257/developer346/withtext.png?t=1255330537), but as you can see it isn't really that professional looking.

I was sincerely hoping someone wouldn't mind taking a request to do my map, but here are some specifications you might need if you accept:

- There is absolutely no time limit.
- I would like it done in a style similar to this one (http://questionstar.deviantart.com/art/a-map-clearly-130667824) if possible (where I actually learned about the guild).
- The map would be done mostly like the one above. It could use a few minor touches (more realistic coastlines, better island dotting, just things to make it look more realistic overall). If you notice on the map of similar style, it has some small bits of bodies of water. That would be extremely nice to.
- The map would be completely plain. By this, I mean there doesn't need ot be any height applications to it (no mountains, hills, etc). Just a flat map with the names of regions on it. No rivers on it either.
- While it is a rectangular map, the diameter of the plant (Perdith) is about 6,000 miles. I would like the dimensions to be 1,000 by 800 Pixels.
- The artist would be free to do things as he sees fit. If you want to add a small inlet somewhere, that's fine, or extend some part of the mainland, that's fine too. Small alterations to the map that help it look more realistic are welcomed.

I'd want the right to freely distribute the image physically and electronically. I'd want the right to use the image commercially. I'd want exclusive commercial right to it's usage, but the artist would retain the right to display or sell it as a work of art. I'd retain the right to reproduce the image in full, or in part, on my own or through a commission with another artist. I will be getting a copyright for both my game and all content associated (therefore the map too).

I am new here, so I hope I made that clear enough, and thanks so much to anyone who doesn't mind creating it for me.

Also, I do want to have several maps made in the future. I just do not have the money to really pay for good quality images while I'm in college and coding. I'd be willing in the future to pay for several maps done professionally to give my players the best gaming experience possible.

If you need any more information, I'd be more than happy to try and give some.

RobA
10-13-2009, 01:13 PM
I'm not sure what you are looking for (sorry).

Are you desiring a redraw of your existing map (http://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq257/developer346/withtext.png?t=1255330537) in the style of the one on deviantART?

If you don't want any terrain or rivers or features, then your existing map is 99% there, just colouring and clearer labeling?

-Rob A>

Karthis
10-13-2009, 07:46 PM
I'm not sure what you are looking for (sorry).

Are you desiring a redraw of your existing map (http://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq257/developer346/withtext.png?t=1255330537) in the style of the one on deviantART?

If you don't want any terrain or rivers or features, then your existing map is 99% there, just colouring and clearer labeling?

-Rob A>

That's pretty much what it is (sorry for not being clear). I'd just like it done in a style similar to the one I showed from deviantart if possible, so it looks more like a map, instead of a picture (if you get what I mean). I had that map made by a friend, because my drawing skills on a computer are 3 points under 0. I tried once to make it look better myself, and that ended up worse that what it looks like now.

And in addition to that, just making it look more like a map with slight features (little inlets, the coastlines, better island spotting) wherever the map maker chooses, because I'm sure they would have a better opinion of where those things should go than me. The whole aim is to make it look more like a realistic map should (minus height and rivers). Again, I appreciate anyone who helps.

Tear
10-14-2009, 10:04 AM
I gave it a quick shot during my lunch break today, but I used slightly different colors.

Karthis
10-15-2009, 02:00 AM
I gave it a quick shot during my lunch break today, but I used slightly different colors.

Thank you so much. It's more than perfect. I hope I garner enough income in the future off my game to give a handsome donation to the forum, cause this really is a wonderful place.

Ramah
10-15-2009, 06:03 AM
I gave it a quick shot during my lunch break today, but I used slightly different colors.

WTF?! You did this in a lunch break?

Fantastic stuff.

Tear
10-15-2009, 06:26 AM
Thanks. Yes I did.

I took the outlines of the existing map and put them through a slight variation of RobA's coastline tutorial in Photoshop to roughen them up a bit.
I painted the small islands with the tablet.
Then I applied some vanilla filters and reused some textures I had lying around from older projects.
The nation border style is just a path that I stroked several times with different brushes.

Remember Karthis just needed the coastlines. No rivers, no vegetation, no elevation. That's the main reason for me being able to do it rather quickly.

Karthis
10-15-2009, 07:28 AM
Thanks. Yes I did.

I took the outlines of the existing map and put them through a slight variation of RobA's coastline tutorial in Photoshop to roughen them up a bit.
I painted the small islands with the tablet.
Then I applied some vanilla filters and reused some textures I had lying around from older projects.
The nation border style is just a path that I stroked several times with different brushes.

Remember Karthis just needed the coastlines. No rivers, no vegetation, no elevation. That's the main reason for me being able to do it rather quickly.

It was still done wonderfully :).

Tear
10-16-2009, 03:11 PM
I'm glad you like it. :)

Karthis
10-18-2009, 07:04 AM
How would I go about adding more cities to the map in the same manner as you did on it? I'd like to add more now that I know where I want them.

Tear
10-18-2009, 06:10 PM
Well, either post the locations and names here, and I try to work them in when I find the time.

Alternatively, you could do it yourself.
I don't know what software you are using, so I'll give you some pointers:
The color for the city labels is Hex #7B0102.
The font I used is called "Kuenst 480 BT Roman".
I applied a 1 pixel wide outer stroke in Hex #D5C49E.
I also applied a 14 pixel size outer glow in Hex #BD9C60 with a half-round contour.
Here is a transparent version of the marker I used:

Karthis
10-19-2009, 07:47 AM
Well, either post the locations and names here, and I try to work them in when I find the time.

Alternatively, you could do it yourself.
I don't know what software you are using, so I'll give you some pointers:
The color for the city labels is Hex #7B0102.
The font I used is called "Kuenst 480 BT Roman".
I applied a 1 pixel wide outer stroke in Hex #D5C49E.
I also applied a 14 pixel size outer glow in Hex #BD9C60 with a half-round contour.
Here is a transparent version of the marker I used:

Well I did want to do something this simple myself. However, I didn't know I needed software to just add cities, lol. Best I have is Photoshop 7.

Tear
10-19-2009, 08:08 AM
Well I did want to do something this simple myself. However, I didn't know I needed software to just add cities, lol. Best I have is Photoshop 7.

Photoshop 7 will do just fine.

Karthis
10-19-2009, 10:21 AM
Photoshop 7 will do just fine.

Alright, I'll hope I can do it in Photoshop then with the info you provided. Thanks.

Karthis
10-19-2009, 10:42 AM
I got the image the proper size, the font downloaded and into Photoshop (since I didn't have it), but I'm having a bit of trouble past that, lol. Not very up to date with what you can do (or how to do it) in Photoshop.

*EDIT*

Well after using Google (which I did to figure out how to get the new font, don't know why I didn't use it to look up adding strokes), I figured it out. It doesn't look quite the same as the other cities, but, since users will need to know the difference between the two major cities I had you put in and the cities within a region, that worked out rather nicely. Thanks.

Sigurd
10-19-2009, 10:49 AM
Tear, your marker post is one of the more charming responses I've seen on the forums.

Its a do it yourself City kit!

http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=17841&stc=1&d=1255903694

Tear
10-19-2009, 02:12 PM
Karthis, I made a screen shot of all the settings of the text layer in Photoshop 7. I hope this helps:

Karthis
10-19-2009, 08:22 PM
Karthis, I made screen shot of all the settings of the text layer in Photoshop 7. I hope this helps:

Thanks. And 'Thanks.' is too short of a message...