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Amerigo Vespucci
04-11-2010, 08:10 AM
Hi there! I'm Amerigo Vespucci, and I'm a member of Alternatehistory.com. Like the name says, it's talk about how history might have turned out differently than it did. More often than not, maps are extremely helpful in detailing an alternate world, and I'm always eager to learn new techniques and approaches to creating maps.

If you're looking at this post, I'd really appreciate any tips on tutorials about how to add detail to existing maps; I've got quite a range of blank maps, but am always interested in creating Atlas-like effects in addition to alternate borders and things along those lines. I've got Adobe CS2 and a few years of experience working with it, but while I know the basics, I'd like to learn more. Thanks for the welcome, and I look forward to contributing!

muddle
04-11-2010, 09:32 AM
Wow, we have a 556 year old Renaissance explorer on board. What version of photoshop did they use back in 1502?... just kidding, welcome to the guild! ; )

Steel General
04-11-2010, 12:38 PM
Welcome Aboard!

mearrin69
04-11-2010, 12:43 PM
Welcome to the Guild. A lot of the atlas-style map tutorials here start from scratch and use random processes to create the underlying land masses...but I think some of their techniques can be adapted to an existing design. Here are a couple of good ones:
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?1142-Award-Winner-Using-GIMP-to-Create-an-Artistic-Regional-RPG-Map
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4084-Award-Winner-My-atlas-style-in-PS
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?2229-Award-Winner-Making-a-continent-in-photoshop

Much to browse on in the tutorials section. Most have at least one, if not more, techniques in them that can be useful in any number of situations...so they're really all worth trying if you have the time.
M

Amerigo Vespucci
04-11-2010, 05:50 PM
Thanks, mearrin. I think it'll take a bit of experimentation to see which techniques work best for an existing map, but we'll see how it goes!

NeonKnight
04-11-2010, 06:32 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

euio
04-11-2010, 06:41 PM
Hi there! I'm Amerigo Vespucci, and I'm a member of Alternatehistory.com. Like the name says, it's talk about how history might have turned out differently than it did. More often than not, maps are extremely helpful in detailing an alternate world, and I'm always eager to learn new techniques and approaches to creating maps.

If you're looking at this post, I'd really appreciate any tips on tutorials about how to add detail to existing maps; I've got quite a range of blank maps, but am always interested in creating Atlas-like effects in addition to alternate borders and things along those lines. I've got Adobe CS2 and a few years of experience working with it, but while I know the basics, I'd like to learn more. Thanks for the welcome, and I look forward to contributing!Hey Amerigo! It's Vowels!