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    Map Arlion The Shattered Empire

    This began as a experiment with various tutorials. It quickly gained a life of it's own however. Done in GIMP

    Credits : Tutorial: Mountain Technique using Wilbur and the Gimp
    Map Scale Diamonds' Awesome Kingdom of Gorian Map
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    *Edit* Updated with new ocean texture
    *Edit* added another version with various embellishments
    Arlion The Shattered Empire-arlion.jpg

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    Arlion The Shattered Empire-arlion2.jpg
    Last edited by jtougas; 02-27-2011 at 08:59 PM.

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    Nice work, dude! I really like your names - The Dragon League just sounds badass (Even though it's misspelled ). Repped!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond View Post
    Nice work, dude! I really like your names - The Dragon League just sounds badass (Even though it's misspelled ). Repped!
    DOH....I'll fix that and thanks for the kind words

    Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
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    Nice work! I'd suggest a more readable font though. Maybe something with a good small caps assortment rather than all caps. You might also think about wrapping your diagonal text to some subtly curved paths as well.
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    I really like this map for so many reasons. The main one though is the mountains - they look great ! If i can offer one thing i would change though its the colour of the sea, its just a little too bright for me - this is a personal thing though.

    Overall GREAT map !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schley View Post
    Nice work! I'd suggest a more readable font though. Maybe something with a good small caps assortment rather than all caps. You might also think about wrapping your diagonal text to some subtly curved paths as well.
    Thank you for the kind words. I actually got the inspiration for this map from the font . I would love to be able to wrap my text along a path but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do it.

    Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
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    I love the look of the new style. And the mountains look even better with the added texture to the brown foothills.

    If you intend further refinements, I'd suggest making all the rivers taper to a point, and putting the country names above the grungy effects so they pop out more. Possibly put in more forests with more irregular boundaries; unless the place is meant to be rather barren, which might explain those two forests in the NW that I think look like they follow underground waterways.

    Edit: It's in the finished map section, so I guess it's a little late for suggestions. Anyway, a great map as is.
    Last edited by Carstairs; 02-28-2011 at 06:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtougas View Post
    Thank you for the kind words. I actually got the inspiration for this map from the font . I would love to be able to wrap my text along a path but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do it.
    In GIMP, create a path the way you want it. Then, on the text layer, there is a text along path button. Check out RobA's tutorial for details. I have been told Inkscape makes this much easier, but I don't know the details so can't help...
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