Your link to the first tutorial is wrong, it leads to the "map borders" tut.
Gidde's great tutorial can be found under this link
And it is a very good tutorial for beginning map mapkers. I have said it once before: it is almost impossible to make a bad map with Gidde's tut.
I fully agree. After following step by step tutorial Gidde's, I was stupid with the result. For someone who has always tried and was never satisfied with the result, I assure you that it is not a trivial matter.
P.S. I apologize for the incorrect link. Correct it immediately.
No need to apologize. I thank you for the link and pointing me in the right direction.
Talk to you soon.
Good luck and if you have any doubts... just ask.