I've been making really mediocre maps by hand since D&D came in a small boxed set. I tried CC2 years ago, but never really spent enough time on it to make it do what I wanted. Now I'm using Fractal Mapper 8.0, as well as discovering all of the tools mentioned here. Several of the tutorials have already made my initial maps way better than my old hand drawn ones, but I'm still a newbie and hope to learn a bunch by studying everything y'all have here.
Thanks in advance!
Welcome to the Guild Tobin! Fractal Mapper is one of the few cartography programs I actually wish I owned. A2area has a wonderful tutorial on how to create maps using a combination of Fractal Mapper, Wilbur and Photoshop. If you don't have Photoshop, you can use GIMP instead. Both GIMP and Wilbur are free. At any rate, have fun mapping, and feel free to post up a WIP in order to seek feedback.