Town mapping with Gimp?
Well I have only a few short weeks until next game... About a dozen ecnounters and matching battlemaps to flesh out. A Castle and surrounds to map. Plus story and other non-combat stuff to design. Including coming up with a map for another town.
So time is at a premium!
I have a picture in my mind of the town so I figured I'd tackle that first.
A smallish town surrounded by a palisade, with about 750-1,000 souls inside it. The town is near a coast road (roughly east<->west coast) on a roughly north<->south small river.
Nearby there's a keep/castle.
Should be easy, huh?
And of course I previously lifted coffeefery's D&D Campaign Town Map: Wintervale map and that's the style I'd love to keep for my village/town/city maps in this region.
As a Gimp user I'd love to use that but I'm a town mapping neophyte. I see only Photoshop tutes on this subject. And I'm not up to the learning curve. Not in this timeframe with this much to finish.
I've done several hours of homework on this on here and the interwebs in general... With minimal luck.
Before I burn any more time I thought it might be a good idea to ask for some pointers!
Town maps are (imoo) the hardest (read most time consuming) to do without a library of building symbols.
Especially the photorealistic style you references.
In general, unless you hand draw/place every building it usually looks too random to look good.
I agree with Rob - this is a tricky subject. I did a bit of experimenting with the mosaic plugin that did a moderate job of giving the impression of houses. It discusses using shaped gradients to give you peaked roofs which will almost certainly help you even if you don't use the mosaic plugin to generate the shapes. Give me a shout if anything in there doesn't work as expected and I'll dig out my notes on it.
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Thanks torstan, I'll do that.
I found your thread when I did my original hours of research... I have a hardcopy of the PDF and it's where I first came across Sagenlicht's plugin.
I must be mental but it looks like I am going to tackle this.
I started a WIP thread called A windy river, a town, a keep... A GIMP project.