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    Hey all,
    I am dabbling with creating some 'computer screen' maps. Think those nice bright green maps used in Sci-Fi or similar styles.

    Has someone created a tutorial to do that sort of thing? At the moment I'm looking to basically update these quickly-thrown together jobs I've done as part of a game project.

    All help or pointers are greatly appreciated. I'm going to be working with GIMP mostly, since Inkscape is still a very foreign entity to me.
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    Hi Juggernaut...do you mean something like this? Not sure I can help you with gimp procedures but the lines are made by using the 'halftone' filter in photoshop or just a tiling line fill set to the appropriate blend mode.
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    I tried to do something like that in my New York challenge map, if you want to take a look.

    The ideas I came up with to make things look like digital readouts were
    --to overlay a square grid shrunk down reeeeeally small in order to give the impression of pixels wherever there were fields of color
    --apply a soft 'outer glow' effect to just about everything on the 'screen'
    --Wireframes (with variable width to imply depth) with an 'outer glow.' I would probably do something similar with the environment's contour lines--easy to do since those look like real-world maps, so getting contour line maps would probably be a piece of cake.
    --emulate the UIs that we might have seen in super cheesy, late eighties to mid-nineties sci-fi/hacker films (anything from Tron to Johnny Mnemonic.)

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    I already have them as outlines. It's just getting the look right... I will also need to colour it... so I'm guessing we should be going for C64 Double-Dragon Colouring?
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    Um... Where?
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