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sirjoe
08-29-2007, 12:21 AM
A little port town map for all those pirate-lovers out there. Arrg!
Produced with CC3 / CD2 and photoshop. Feedback welcome.

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HellHound
08-29-2007, 12:24 AM
LOVE the look and feel of this one. Really managed to hide the CC origins with the excellent work in photoshop.

Is that a scanned background or a purely digital one?

(Ditto for the wax seal)

Richardb
08-29-2007, 12:41 AM
Nice antique effects. It makes the basic city symbols look much better. Very visually pleasing!

thebax2k
08-29-2007, 01:55 PM
Nice job, you did very well giving it a pseudo-old look. Consider it yoinked. It even compares favorably to Shawn Brown's professional map of Port Royal, Jamaica (pre earthquake) at http://shawnbrown.com/maps/port_royal.html which has been my standard map for a pirate den (besides Freeport) up until now. Welcome to the Guild sirjoe and keep up the good mapping.

ravells
08-29-2007, 03:17 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! You can almost feel the texture!

pyrandon
08-29-2007, 04:45 PM
Wow--great first post! I agree with the others here that you have captured well the feel of a map of this genre! Well done!

As for feedback I had to think hard, but here are a few (purely cosmetic, "icing on the cake"-level) ideas:
1) Although stereotypical, I would ragged-up the edges. Would increase the feel even more.
2) The wax seal has a red glow around it--a black shadow would make it "pop" even more + be more realistic.
3) When you look very closely, the crease in the paper (which I absolutely love, by the way) does not bleed through to also crease the drawing itself. This is pretty easy to fix in PS.

Again, awesome map. Welcome to the Guild!!!

RPMiller
08-29-2007, 05:19 PM
I'll parrot what pyrandon said. Welcome aboard!

We are actually planning on a pirate game next month using the Savage Worlds rules. I'll have to point the GM over here to see it in case he would like a map.

Oh, and you have been repped! ;)

RPMiller
08-29-2007, 05:24 PM
Just had a thought (Gameprinter are you reading this). If he could do embossing he could actually print this map in color and then emboss the seal fold it up and have a really nice handout for players.

sirjoe
08-29-2007, 05:32 PM
Wow--great first post! I agree with the others here that you have captured well the feel of a map of this genre! Well done!

As for feedback I had to think hard, but here are a few (purely cosmetic, "icing on the cake"-level) ideas:
1) Although stereotypical, I would ragged-up the edges. Would increase the feel even more.
2) The wax seal has a red glow around it--a black shadow would make it "pop" even more + be more realistic.
3) When you look very closely, the crease in the paper (which I absolutely love, by the way) does not bleed through to also crease the drawing itself. This is pretty easy to fix in PS.

Again, awesome map. Welcome to the Guild!!!


Thanks for your kind feedback. It's always good to get constructive critism like this and I really value it. You mention the crease in the paper... how would you bring that up through the other drawing layers in PS? I tried to get that by placing it on a separate layer, but it just ended up looking fake. (I need to drastically improve my PS skills.)

Cheers,
JS

pyrandon
08-29-2007, 06:10 PM
(I need to drastically improve my PS skills.)

Take a number & get in line. :) Me too!!


... You mention the crease in the paper... how would you bring that up through the other drawing layers in PS? I tried to get that by placing it on a separate layer, but it just ended up looking fake.

There are a few ways you can do it. First I need to know how you inserted it: It is a separate element from both the paper & the map, or is it a part of the paper layer?

First, you can make sure the blending mode of the actual city drawing layer is set to "multiply". Also/instead, (if you layers stack up right) for even more "pop" you can use a displacement filter. (Butch Curry does a fine job of explaining this on his "Fantasy Cartography Podcast #10" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDtNQpxj3Iw). )

There are other techniques, too (like Apply Image & channels), but rarely do you need to for just a crease. :)

I hope this helps at least a bit!

RobA
08-29-2007, 08:55 PM
(picking up jaw)

Stunning!

This is a beautiful execution. Simple symbols, clean lines, clear map, with very well done real-worldification (for lack of a better word...)

-Rob A>

jaerdaph
08-29-2007, 09:06 PM
That is a beautiful map - well done!

Gamerprinter
08-29-2007, 09:28 PM
Just had a thought (Gameprinter are you reading this). If he could do embossing he could actually print this map in color and then emboss the seal fold it up and have a really nice handout for players.

I couldn't do a "wax seal", however, foil perhaps, its definitely worth some thought

RPMiller
08-29-2007, 11:44 PM
I couldn't do a "wax seal", however, foil perhaps, its definitely worth some thought
If you can emboss an image, you could just print the seal in red, and then emboss right on the seal to make it raised.

ravells
08-30-2007, 04:58 AM
Or...if you really wanted to be fancy, get the seal made via rapid prototyping and use real wax!

Ravs

RobA
08-30-2007, 08:54 AM
Or...if you really wanted to be fancy, get the seal made via rapid prototyping and use real wax!

Ravs

Gee whiz- all these fancy solutions!

Why not just a wax seal? Use a how wax dispenser (or melt a candle :) ) then impress with a signet ring (or seal stamp). If they could do it in the 1600's I'm sure it could be done now!

(unless you are looking at a production count of 1000's...hmm maybe there is a market here for mass wax sealed items.....assembly line with a wax dispenser and pick and place robot.......might have to get out my Lego mindstorm and build a prototype ;) )

-Rob A>

Robbie
08-31-2007, 10:35 AM
There's a ton of websites out there that sell sealing wax and seals...there's a few that will even make a wax seal with your own seal in it that you can then use. Its pretty easy to find. I've almost bought one numerous times...When I was in saudi arabia I had a signet ring made in sterling silver with my personal seal in it (the symbol portion of my avatar)...I put it to play-doh many many times, but it never got put to wax :D

Publius
09-01-2007, 10:39 AM
That is a beautiful map!

Wonderful work there, absolutely wonderful.

jaerdaph
09-05-2007, 08:27 PM
Wow, this is amazing! I really like the wood cut/ink stamp look, especially the buildings, where the ink coverage wasn't complete.

arsheesh
08-22-2011, 02:45 PM
Just beautiful!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh