A new map using multiple sheet effects with CC3
This is a fun one. I am not sure if the JPEG really shows the details well, but when using the sheet effects (blur, displace, and transperency) on multiple layered sheets (4 sheets layered) I have found what I think is a very nice look, giving a sense of different climate effects. CC3 is really advancing, allowing for maps that have a great look. My goal is not to make 'photo realistic' maps (though I love those greyhawk ones someone posted) but to create maps that provide a lot of data in a visually appealing fashion.
This map is a large on (this is about 1/6 of the total) and has taken about 55 hours so far (figuring out the sheet effects has been a bear).
Part of the trick is the mixing of bitmap fills to provide texture, then plain fills using various levels of transperancy, edge blur, and displacement.
There's nothing wrong with the rivers
There's nothing wrong with the rivers. They all come from mountain ranges or hill regions. Some lead into lakes with outgoing rivers dropping to lower elevations. My assumption is the rivers in the center area are draining towards the sea which is east off the map.
Originally Posted by Midgardsormr
The lake in the top left center edge might be misleading you into thinking the sea viewed on the northwest side is the same thing. I'm assuming the water body at the top left center edge is actually a lake at a fairly high elevation.
If my assumptions are correct - these rivers do not branch unrealistically, IMO.