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    Quote Originally Posted by Akaizhar View Post
    I don't quite understand how to use a layer mask to be honest. I can create them and but I'm not sure what to do after that point.
    Did you happen to go see my tutorial?

    Ok... so here is a bit of a VERY quick eg.

    Open GIMP/PS and create a new image
    Create a selection of half the image and fill with one color
    Invert selection and fill with a different color
    Use your favorite blur tool to blend them(the blur tool with a brush, Gaussian blur, whatever...)
    Now change one side to a different color


    That's an example of the NOT right way to do it. Now, using layers masks

    Open GIMP/PS and create a new image
    Create a selection and fill half with one color
    Create and select new layer
    Invert selection and fill with a different color
    Add a layer mask to the top layer
    in the Layer's window, select the mask(it's beside the layer)
    Again, selection half the image and fill with white
    invert selection and fill other half with black
    Now use your blur tool
    Change color....

    easier no?
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    Use the link in JFraz' signature above on layer masks. I didn't get them when I first started either but once I finally got through that tutorial I began to use them all the time. I really can't thank JF enough for that one. Now that I think about it I need to go make sure I rated that tutorial.

    On a side note, I kind of suck at following tutorials because I mostly just like figuring things out for myself but every now and then you just gotta do it.
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    After playing with layer masks for a half hour, I just realized I must now redo my entire map. You sir... are a genius.

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    But look at the positive side - once you've done your map with layer masks, you can edit it all you want afterwards with minimal effort!!!

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    Yeah so far I'm very very impressed.

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    Plus - once you learn to use layer masks you're probably in the top 50% of graphic design technicians just with that one skill and your job opportunities go up!

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    Yea... My first question before I modify something is: can I do this in a non destructive way?

    Layer Masks is one excellent way to accomplish this in many cases(but not all). Another is using one(or more) layers set to overlay(or screen or multiply) to create shadows and highlights(instead of directly editing the base layer).

    Yes, these techniques require more layers and thus larger image size(and RAM requirements), but in the end, being able to edit at any time without having to redo a bunch of stuff is generally well worth it.
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    Layer Masking everything to make it 100x easier. Check.
    Found good textures for various terrain that blend well and easily. Check.
    Fixed text size/style to a more easily readable standard. Check.
    Found a good way to incorporate hills/foothills. Failed. Any ideas?

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    Hmmm ... now it depends ... what is "good" for you?

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    Well what I'm looking to do is make the hills both noticeable and non-intrusive, so you can see the forest under the hills layer. Something like that. I was thinking of just doing a texture and not a pattern with no color show through.

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