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Locution
01-06-2010, 11:25 PM
So I have an opportunity to print out my map of Galladorn (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=8310) in a poster-size format and I was looking it over and making sure it was 100% before I commit to printing it and I was thinking about adding roads. I am not sure if I am crazy about it or if I should try some different style so I thought I would submit a screen here and see what suggestiond I get.

I have added some preliminary roads here. My aim is for them to obviously match the style of the map and to be subtle but obvious at the same time (does that even make sense :S)

Locution
01-06-2010, 11:39 PM
I am now thinking perhaps roads may be too much for this map and it is fine the way it is.

Need help!

torstan
01-06-2010, 11:55 PM
I think they work fine - certainly clear, and I don't think it's too busy. If you want to try a different look then you could try using lighter roads rather than darker. That would differentiate them clearly from the rivers which my be an advantage.

Diamond
01-07-2010, 01:32 AM
I think they work fine - certainly clear, and I don't think it's too busy. If you want to try a different look then you could try using lighter roads rather than darker. That would differentiate them clearly from the rivers which my be an advantage.

That's what I was thinking too - right now, on first glance, they look exactly like the rivers. It's not immediately clear that they're not rivers. Like Torstan says, a simple fix would be to just lighten them up.

Ascension
01-07-2010, 09:20 AM
You could also try dotted lines or dashed lines.

Locution
01-07-2010, 07:28 PM
I used a dotted line for my borders so that might be a bit confusing but thanks for the suggestion. It was my first thought as well. I have actually come up with something I like by taking Torstan and diamond's advice and adding a 1px stoke at about 20% opacity I will add a pic later. I am off to see Avatar again ;)

Steel General
01-08-2010, 06:31 AM
You may also consider making the road lines a bit thinner than the rivers - that may help separate them as well.

Locution
01-08-2010, 02:43 PM
I finished the roads and I think I am happy with the result. I added some shipping lanes where major cities are cut off from the rest of the nation but made these national shipping lanes rather than going into international ones. I also added some more labels to the map (primarily bays and gulfs) and there are more to come before I print this baby out.

Hmm....For some reason the image wont attach. It keeps telling me that Talandryn1.jpg is not a valid image file. Its only 4.3 megs too.

Ascension
01-08-2010, 04:57 PM
Maybe it's too large in terms of pixels. In theory you should be able to upload something 6000 by 6000 resulting in the cap here of 36 megapixels. However, I've never been able to upload anything larger than 4000 square.

Locution
01-08-2010, 05:09 PM
There that has done the trick, thanks Ascension.

Its a bit hard to see the shipping lanes in this image since I had to reduce both the quality and size to be able to post it but if you look hard enough you can see the dotted lines indicating them.

Ascension
01-08-2010, 05:15 PM
Those shipping lanes are quite sneaky - I love em.

Ramah
01-08-2010, 05:19 PM
Your roads looks great and don't make the map look too busy at all. Nicely done.

torstan
01-08-2010, 05:38 PM
Yep, like the roads. The shipping lanes look identical to your political borders though. Perhaps do them as dark dots or dashed lines? They made me wonder why there were shipping lanes over the land for a while (portage routes :) )

Locution
01-08-2010, 05:50 PM
The shipping lanes look identical to your political borders though. Perhaps do them as dark dots or dashed lines? They made me wonder why there were shipping lanes over the land for a while (portage routes )

I see what you mean. I will do some more work before the final version. Thanks for pointing that out. It would probably have escaped my notice.

Locution
01-08-2010, 06:53 PM
I am not going to post another pic of my map but I just wanted to finish this thread by saying that I have taken Torstan's advice but instead of changing my shipping lanes I changed my political borders to a dashed line instead of a dotted one. I also added a few more labels and now I think its ready for print. Thanks to all for the help!

Syt
01-09-2010, 12:19 AM
Just wanted to say that I love the map and the style. Great work. :)

Locution
01-09-2010, 12:58 AM
Thanks Syt, I really appreciate your kind words. This map is 100% inspired and made possibe by Ramah and his Vaniya and Aronbor maps. It was his maps that drew me to this site and inspired and motivated me to do better. The credit should really go to him.

That said, I couldn't be happier with the way this map has turned out. I can't wait to have a poster size copy of it hanging on my wall so I can look at it that much more :P

Steel General
01-09-2010, 10:30 AM
Very nice - one to be proud of.

Diamond
01-09-2010, 02:16 PM
Definitely one of the most beautiful maps I've seen on here. Awesome job, dude.