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Vengefulviking
02-26-2010, 04:01 PM
Greetings- I have no idea if I'm doing this right or not (is this where I should post, ect ect). Either way I'm including two maps I've done, all on Photoshop CS4. I'm new to this so be gentle, after seeing some of the things these gents are capable of I've got plenty of new ideas! Thanks in advance for any input...

It might look a bit odd- in my "world" the habitable land is actually just a small pocket on an infinitesimally large mountain- therefore mountain range walls stretch into inhospitably high regions (and conversely, even the waters fall over the edge of this habitable land into the crushing depths below).

Thanks again, I look forward to some feedback!

http://imgur.com/khSLP.jpg

http://imgur.com/fMiA1.jpg

Ascension
02-26-2010, 04:45 PM
Other than the rivers they look nice, the first one is quite nice. Not sure what the green and red clouds are for, fog of war? For rivers we have numerous topics on how to get them looking right. We also have exceptions to those rules of physics but those exceptions are not frequent. All in all, though, good job and keep em coming.

Steel General
02-26-2010, 06:13 PM
I'm with Ascension, these are quite nice but you have numerous "river infractions".

Vengefulviking
02-27-2010, 12:54 AM
Thanks for the feedback gents- I'll check em out. Query though- for the untrained eye, what singled out the rivers as poor? Without a finished Key, I notice that some might take the country borders as rivers- this would not be intended in the final version...

Redrobes
02-27-2010, 08:09 AM
HI, nice maps and yea I think you need to look at this post.
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?3822-How-to-get-your-rivers-in-the-right-place

Certainly you have great style and ability.

Flaterectomy
02-27-2010, 08:35 AM
Hi there and welcome!

Nice work so far indeed. The shape of your landmasses keep me interested and wondering what would be going on in each particular part of the world. Personally, I'm not really a big fan of large fonts used to name places, but since yours are transparent it doesn't obscure much of the underlying map. Do have a look at Redrobes' link, though, it's very valuable information. ;)

Keep 'em coming! :)

bartmoss
02-28-2010, 12:33 PM
Great maps - except for the rivers. If those are county borders - definitely use a different color, but I do not think they are, since a lot of them lead to/from lakes. The river violations are way too many to list, but in general:

- Rivers do not connect two oceans (man-made canals can, of course)
- Rivers always flow downhill
- Lakes have only one outlet
- Rivers merge, and (almost) never split up

I really, really like the style though, so you shall be repped.

Vengefulviking
03-01-2010, 04:27 PM
Thanks mate! I'll work on the rivers next... I think I'm going to try and map em all out in Illustrator anyway again so I can vector the bastards later if I need to do country specific maps.

landorl
03-01-2010, 04:43 PM
The biggest problem is that the rivers connect to the ocean/lakes in multiple points. This is possible at a delta, but the spaces between many of your outflows are too far apart to be deltas.