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nichollsr
01-03-2010, 03:59 AM
Hi All,

Let me start by thanking those who have helped me over the past couple of days to learn how to use CS2 to make maps !

Ive attached the map im now going to be using to develop into my new D&D campaign area.

The map still has a lot of work needed on it. e.g. text, variation in terrain etc. But id appreciate any additional suggestions and advice people can give. I'd really like to add a nice map border does anyone have any good tutorials ?

Regards

Roger

PS any ideas re scale bars ?

nichollsr
01-04-2010, 03:28 PM
Hi Folks,

Minor update based on some advice from messages via PM.

Juggernaut1981
01-04-2010, 04:57 PM
Your road doesn't look like it would follow a "least effort" principle. It's too "smoothed". I would expect it to wander along the valley and head for the "far river" and follow it down to the other city. Roads tended to follow rivers, its easier to maintain the horses with grass growing by the river and easy to water them as well.

nichollsr
01-05-2010, 12:20 AM
Your road doesn't look like it would follow a "least effort" principle. It's too "smoothed". I would expect it to wander along the valley and head for the "far river" and follow it down to the other city. Roads tended to follow rivers, its easier to maintain the horses with grass growing by the river and easy to water them as well.

I think i understand what you mean but just to be sure.

The road heads north of the main river up the valley and crosses the main river just south of the forest. Then i guess it follows the forest line a little before finally cutting 'south east' down into the city. Is that right ?

nichollsr
01-08-2010, 12:45 AM
Hi Folks,

I'd like to start by thanking everyone for the help ive received on this map to date. Id especially like to thank Ascension for taking me through creating scale bars - much appreciated sir !

Over the past few days i've hopefully learned some of the basics of making a map using CS2 - this is the first one ive made from start to "finish" apart from the two trial runs i did at the end of last week. Hopefully its not too bad !

Anyway as always id like feedback and recommendations from the wider group on the map below.

Thanks and regards...

Ascension
01-08-2010, 12:48 AM
The only thing I find odd is the vivid water color but that's native to the tut. I'd go with something lighter, maybe a bit o gray in there and green too. I think he uses a pattern for the water so maybe add a color overlay of white and set the blend mode of that to soft light then turn down the opacity if you want. But that's just my two cents.

nichollsr
01-08-2010, 12:59 AM
The only thing I find odd is the vivid water color but that's native to the tut. I'd go with something lighter, maybe a bit o gray in there and green too. I think he uses a pattern for the water so maybe add a color overlay of white and set the blend mode of that to soft light then turn down the opacity if you want. But that's just my two cents.

Is this better (taking your advice !)

Steel General
01-08-2010, 06:29 AM
I think this is pretty darn good, especially if your just getting the hang of PS.

The water color is the latest version is much better (at least for me), my only real criticism is the mountains still seem a bit flat.

nichollsr
01-08-2010, 09:11 AM
Thanks for the info Steel General. It is indeed my first full 'start to finish' CS2 map so im quite pleased with it. I will take a look at the mountains and see what i can do. Any suggestions to make them more rugged etc ?