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    Default Need some advices

    Hi to all!
    I am a new member of this fantastic and useful website.

    What I am going to post is not a serious map, it's just an example of what will be my first map.
    I use PhotoShop CS5 and I have to say 'thanks' to StarRaven and his precious brushes pack.

    Here's the map: link.

    I tried to make all the elements of a continental map in this simple one: there is a desert, some mountains and hills, a river and a lake, some glacial lands and a grassland.
    Now what I need to know is:

    1) Is the river ok? I mean: it's only an erase-method of the massland.
    2) How to make a good desert? I tried to make it but it's terrible. I placed some sand-hills but... aww. Any info?
    3) Grassland, mountains and hills should be ok. Don't you think?
    4) The worst thing is a glacial land. In this map style it's very hard to do: or is it just me? Anybody know how to make it good? I didn't make it because I hadn't no idea of how do it.

    That should be enough . To who is asking: I used 'Dominician' as font and a stock of old paper.

    Oh, sorry for my english: it is not my first language

    Thanks, Gan.

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    Hi Gan,
    nice beginning map ...
    1. The river is basicly ok - however, both the river and the coastline are very thin in comparrison to your other elements - so I'd thicken them up some
    2. A desert is basicly empty land - so dunes and an oasis is mostly what you can do to show it
    3. Yep
    4. Glacial land is hard to make - again like the desert you have mostly empty land - a key to your symbols can help this though.

    with those questions answered - I like your texture and good colors, you'll get the hang of this in no time

    for future uploads I would propose that you push the "go advanced" button and use the "attachment manager" to upload your pics directly to the guild - that way we're not dependent on another site to work to see the images in our forum
    and for future works ... make a WIP thread as you work - that way you can get help while you work and not only after you're finished
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    Quote Originally Posted by tilt View Post
    Hi Gan,
    nice beginning map ...
    1. The river is basicly ok - however, both the river and the coastline are very thin in comparrison to your other elements - so I'd thicken them up some
    2. A desert is basicly empty land - so dunes and an oasis is mostly what you can do to show it
    3. Yep
    4. Glacial land is hard to make - again like the desert you have mostly empty land - a key to your symbols can help this though.
    Awesome, thanks for the advices!
    I was thinking the same thing about the glacial land: it is an empty land, and perhaps, as you said, a symbols legend should help.
    About the river and the coastline, yeah, I know it. I guess I should make the coastline thiner; or make the symbols less thin.

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by tilt View Post
    for future uploads I would propose that you push the "go advanced" button and use the "attachment manager" to upload your pics directly to the guild - that way we're not dependent on another site to work to see the images in our forum
    I tried it but the windows didn't load up. Only a blank window. I will retry

    Quote Originally Posted by tilt View Post
    with those questions answered - I like your texture and good colors, you'll get the hang of this in no time
    Woah, that's nice. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by tilt View Post
    and for future works ... make a WIP thread as you work - that way you can get help while you work and not only after you're finished
    I will do it!


    I was planning to download some other brushes and useful symbols for maps. And tomorrow I will have my new tablet

    Thanks again

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