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    Hello all, I'd just like to introduce myself.

    I've been making constructed worlds for years and the maps to go along with it. I've posted a few samples of what I've done below, these were made entirely with photoshop on the mac.

    I found this site yesterday and was thrilled, there isn't really any other good places I've found online for advice and tips on mapmaking, so this place really is an amateur cartographer's dream.

    Here's some of my work:








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    Greetings and Welcome to the Guild, Outstanding work and I look forward to seeing more of those great looking maps
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    Welcome! Not too many MAC users here (I think), so welcome!
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    Hey gmtx725! Welcome to the guild. I really love your work. I'm sure that you're going to find all you need here. We have plenty of people who know much and some great characters. Oh, and post often.

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    Great work! I really enjoy your style. So glad you found the Guild & joined up.
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    Hello gmtx725!

    I like the first map, especially, but was thrown by the "land is lighter" convention you used. Once I realized that the whole thing made sense. (Kind of like looking at those vase/two face pictures. My brain kept bouncing between the two...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    Hello gmtx725!

    I like the first map, especially, but was thrown by the "land is lighter" convention you used. Once I realized that the whole thing made sense. (Kind of like looking at those vase/two face pictures. My brain kept bouncing between the two...)

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    Heh... ditto. I like the maps also, but like Rob, my first thought was... "hmmm.. why did he put mountains in his ocean?" And then it hit me that you have the colors opposite of what my expectations were.

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    Welcome to the Guild gmtx725! For those that mentioned the reversing effect of the colors, there is an interestingly easy solution to that. If you flip the map so the land is at the top, the colors suddenly work. It has to do with a subconscious analogy that the brain makes. The land is "above" the water.
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    Hello again everyone, thanks for welcoming me, and for the positive response to my maps! I get the light/dark issue with the land and sea, I did the first and the fourth maps differently to see which one looked better, but yeah, it does throw you off a bit if you don't know which way round it is.

    I'm surprised there's not that many mac users here- I find it great for mapping. Mind you, photoshop is almost identical to the windows version, so I'm sure there will be plenty of people with experience on that. I've tried using GIMP as well on Linux (I have a windows-free household!), but found it hard to get used to once having learnt all the skills in photoshop- It really is a great program once you get to know all the little perks and features. In particular the navigation on it is great- I draw with a mouse, which isn't great, so you really need a good zoom feature that lets you draw close up but still maintaining your overall orientation within the map.

    Once again, thanks for the great welcome, I'm really happy I've found this board, it'll be great to learn and share new techniques

    cheers
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