Anyone mind helping a newbie out?
Hey, Im new to this forum and to cartography in general. Recently I have been working on an RPG and decided to make my own world map. So I came across autorealm. It may not be the best, but I am new to mapping so its a start. I have made my landmasses and exported the image file so I can edit it in Gimp. However, I am wondering if a few things are possible to do and if they are, Id like to know how to do it.
One thing Id like to do is add a border around the landmasses. Perhaps a black line that fades away as it gets further from the landmass for example. Is this even doable without doing it manually?
Another thing Id like to know is what a "rosette chart" is used for. I've seen them used in other maps however I cant really understand why they are used.
Ill probably ask more questions as I progress with the map. Ill also post some pictures if anyones interested in seeing it. I may be a little slow though, I'm a programmer not an artist haha. Thanks in advance guys!
I have little experience with Gimp, but the mapwork I have done has been in Adoble Photoshop Elements. My solution for this has always been to use layers, and to create a layer in which I manually draw the outline with a airbrush-type of tool. Then I put that layer underneath the solid border, and erase the fade that appears inside the border. Usually gets the kind of look you're talking about, but it's work intensive. And, I don't know if Gimp even allows for this, so I might be throwing a non-solution at you. (If so, apologies!)