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    I like the first one better, but there is still something "inorganic" about it. I can't quite place my finger on what it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPMiller View Post
    I like the first one better, but there is still something "inorganic" about it. I can't quite place my finger on what it is.
    And here I preferred the one on the right...

    BTW: not to hijack the thread or anything, but what happened to HAL RPMiller? His light is out

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    My online time is currently so reduced that I am rarely "online." Thus the light is out until I return to normal operation.
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    I like the olive color over the fir tree color. I think the inorganic feeling is coming from the texture, it looks sort of like paint but is also repetitive...plus there is no junk along the edges like pipes or broken bits of wood or slime. The thing that I'd do is simply throw a layer of black or brown on the olive one and turn down the opacity so that it looks like dark olive or a layer of olive & brown clouds to put some slime into it.
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    I would say some highlights in the sewage. Sure its dark and underground, but any light coming from grates or holes would reflect off a wet surface. I think your sewage colors look good, they just don't look wet. My opinion.

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    SG, Good work. The Sewer Map Pack I did for Paizo was a little similar and had its challenges, too. Getting the water to have the right murkiness to it was a toughie, but I found the right textures and effects for the finals.

    I like the greenish water better than the blue. Water isn't blue so it's tough to get away from that being that the light reflected in a place like a sewer would give that effect. I would like to see some cast shadows from the edge of the water to give some depth from the players on the edge. This would also make the water not appear to meet the edge of the stone. I do like the pattern you have for the sidewalk. Patterns like that are tough to read, but this is a good one. The wall and the sidewalk appear to have a similar texture and tone. Applying some curves to the wall or a darker layer could help that. A good PS trick is to have a layer on top set to opacity and use a random looking brush set to 10% with a white color and gradually build up some highlights. This will help make the path look a little worn and well treaded. Some cracks here and there to effect if you want and this is a winner. I made a cople small adjustments and here's what I came up with. I'm happy to share the PSD if you like, too.
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    Thanks all for the comments, much appreciated.
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    UPDATE: had a bit of free time this morning, here's another update. I took into account many of the ideas/suggestions I've received and think this is much better than either of the previous versions...
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    Agreed, that is lookin good.
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    *DING* *DING* *DING* I think we have a winna! Yes, that has the organic feel and depth that I was very poorly trying to explain. That is looking much much better!
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    OK, now all I need to do is go and make all of the changes to the other tiles. Luckily I really only have to change 2 layers on each one.
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