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    Post Jasmine Coast - by Ascension

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    Ascension has taken his distinctive and much emulated style (thanks to his popular tutorials) to a new level with this map, by following a tutorial by Su Liam, another Guild member.

    The stand-out point is the depictions of the cities which stand bright against the dark brooding background.

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    I tried a completely different method but still ended up in pretty much the same place...so that's cool. I tried doing something like Su Liam's recent tut but only from memory; had I actually followed it I may have had different results. This hybrid method got me going quite quickly and I had the basic map done in about 10 minutes. But because I need definable areas to create masks I had to go back and re-figure everything out and that took some time. Then I had to clean up artifacts that can still be seen in some places along the coasts (banding) and that killed a few hours. Getting the ocean right was probably the hardest part so that's why I had to re-figure things in order to mask it off. The forests went quickly, scattered dry brush, pattern overlay, textured bevel, and some color tweaks. The rivers, as always, killed most of my day.
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    This is a great pick. Simple and yet full of details and guaranteed Ascension style.

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    Beautiful work.

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    That is epic beyond belief.

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    Ya, I really dig that one.

    You guys noticed the "mounted glass" lettering style in the title, right?

    I like the trees. The individual trees.

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    As always, some magnificent work and well deserving of being selected as a Cartographer's Choice. I always look forward to seeing Ascension's work, even when it is just a little experiment.

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    That is one sweet map!

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    Quote Originally Posted by töff View Post
    Ya, I really dig that one.

    You guys noticed the "mounted glass" lettering style in the title, right?

    I like the trees. The individual trees.


    Ascension: How did you get that glass effect on the title letters which are AMAZING.
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    Holy crap, I can't find my psd file! Good thing I have these styles saved. I zipped em and here they are. Umm, where is the paper clip thingy for managing attachments? It appears that I've lost that as well. So maybe I can post it in the wip thread. Ok phew, I found it (was called untitled 1). I can be really dumb and forgetful sometimes. The zip with the layer styles did upload in the wip thread hereas post number 29: http://www.cartographersguild.com/sh...9922#post69922
    Last edited by Ascension; 07-14-2009 at 08:52 PM.
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    Amazing map!!

    I'm not too keen on your rendering of the land under the water - where it goes into deeper regions; I feel using a darker blue for those areas would come out better.

    As for the rest... I'm in love! Your style on world maps is amazing but this closer view shows the mountains and trees at their best. Beautiful! Colours are amazing (as they are with all your other maps too).
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