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      WeirdoC is offline
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    Wip Hi! Total newbie, and SO glad I found this site!

    Hi, everyone. My name is Cory, and I stumbled upon this site about three days ago. I just started DMing for the very first time (D&D v3.5, though we may migrate it to Pathfinder at some point), and I was looking for resources to make passable battle maps for my players. I was initially excited just to find out how to easily make 1" grids in GIMP for producing really simple maps, but after looking through a couple of tutorials I found my way here. Two word: blown away!

    I've only been doing this for two days, but I've got a continent map in progress already thanks to the amazing info on this site! Two days ago I didn't even know how to create channel masks in The GIMP, but now I have this map, courtesy of the amazing tutorial by Ascension and the GIMP adaptation by Giide.

    Hi! Total newbie, and SO glad I found this site!-continent-1-wip.jpg

    I did deviate from Giide's tutorial a little. In particular, I didn't care for how extreme the ocean texture was, so I turned the opacity of the "Ocean" layer down to 50%. I also felt that the ocean should be darker outside of the continental shelf, so I added another layer right below the "Ocean" layer called "Deep Ocean" and filled it with a dark blue (#000033). I did a "Channel to Selection" of the "Coastline" channel, then did "Selection -> Grow 30px", then "Selection -> Feather 30px", then deleted the color within the selection. I set the layer to "Overlay" with 75% Opacity, and the result is what you see in the pic.

    I have a real feeling that this will become an absolute obsession very quickly.

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    It can become obsession-forming very easily. For most folks, it wears off after about a year, though. So welcome to the asylum and nice map so far.
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    Welcome to the Guild.

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    Bold enough to show a map in one's first post, and a creditable effort as well - bravo, O repairer of small dams! Ascension's right - for some folks, the dose of mapping fever they get here is an innoculation. But for others it takes decades to run its course - welcome to the contentedly afflicted :-).

    Now. Is that bit of continent deserted, or are you going to put some people on it?

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