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    Post Let's see who hates me first.

    Hey everyone. I just joined because I want to make maps for Maptool. I suck at almost everything I do, so I'll probably suck at this too. So if there's anyone who doesn't already hate me, speak up and try to help me.

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    Welcome aboard. let us know what software you use, and someone can step forward and give some pointers.

    And nobody here hates you....yet
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    Oh, right. I mainly use GIMP, but I'm no good at it.

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    I hate you...only so I can be the first at...

    Just kidding

    Once you get done here, you'll suck at everything you do...except mapping.
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    Cool. So where should I start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megabyter5 View Post
    Cool. So where should I start?
    Well I would start by telling Neon that he sucks at gaming with miniatures then tell Arcana that his site sucks and then...

    Oh maps...right... well the tutorials are a good place

    BTW - welcome. Oh and your welcome to hate me as I write a competing product to MapTool Well hardly competing because its obviously so much better etc etc LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by megabyter5 View Post
    Cool. So where should I start?
    Start at the beginning... Check out tutorials here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/

    Specifically, start with RobA's GIMP tutorials here:

    [Award Winner] Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional RPG Map (10000+ views!!!)

    and here: Making Mountains in GIMP

    and here: [Award Winner] Making Not so Random Coastlines in GIMP - alternative method

    and here: [Award Winner] Creating old, weathered paper using the Gimp

    and here: Making Height Fields in GIMP

    and here: Making Not So Random Coastlines in GIMP

    ummm and here: [Award Winner] Technique for adding coastal detail as you zoom in.

    Torstan's hand drawn GIMP maps here: [Award Winner] Drawing hand drawn maps in Gimp

    Hapimeses Mountain tutorial (external link to video tut) here (not GIMP specific, but general enough to use almost any software with): [Award Winner] Simple Mountains [Photoshop/GIMP/Painter/etc.]

    These posted by pyrandon (Photoshop, but should be generic enough to do easily in GIMP): Wood block stamp style water (S. John Ross' PS tutorial)(+in GIMP)

    and here: [Award Winner] Mosaic Tile Map in Photoshop (& GIMP)

    and here: [Award Winner] A medieval town map tutorial in Photoshop

    Then after all that, you can look at any others that kind of strike your fancy. It all depends on the style of map you are looking for. Also, be sure to check out the featured maps here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/cartographers-choice/

    And finally, start mapping and post your works in progress using the manage attachments button as as you go. I would suggest an order like this for outdoor maps (regional and world):


    • Land and Water (Seas and perhaps lakes)
    • Mountains
    • Trees
    • Rivers
    • Towns
    • Roads


    and post between each session for feedback.

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    Man, JFJ. I dont think anyone who asked the question "where do I start?" ever receieved such a comprehensive answer. Over the next 12 years megabyter 5 might hate you now, as he plows through all that material, but I doubt he will hate you when he's been through it. Great choice of starting materials.

    Oh, and big welcome Megabyter.

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    Likewise! Welcome to the guild, Megabyter - and jfrazier, that's a great list. Might be worth a sticky for people who don't know where to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrazierjr View Post
    Start at the beginning... Check out tutorials here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/forumdisplay.php?f=48

    Specifically, start with RobA's GIMP tutorials here:

    [Award Winner] Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional RPG Map (10000+ views!!!)

    and here: Making Mountains in GIMP

    and here: [Award Winner] Making Not so Random Coastlines in GIMP - alternative method

    and here: [Award Winner] Creating old, weathered paper using the Gimp

    and here: Making Height Fields in GIMP

    and here: Making Not So Random Coastlines in GIMP

    ummm and here: [Award Winner] Technique for adding coastal detail as you zoom in.

    Torstan's hand drawn GIMP maps here: [Award Winner] Drawing hand drawn maps in Gimp

    Hapimeses Mountain tutorial (external link to video tut) here (not GIMP specific, but general enough to use almost any software with): [Award Winner] Simple Mountains [Photoshop/GIMP/Painter/etc.]

    These posted by pyrandon (Photoshop, but should be generic enough to do easily in GIMP): Wood block stamp style water (S. John Ross' PS tutorial)(+in GIMP)

    and here: [Award Winner] Mosaic Tile Map in Photoshop (& GIMP)

    and here: [Award Winner] A medieval town map tutorial in Photoshop

    Then after all that, you can look at any others that kind of strike your fancy. It all depends on the style of map you are looking for. Also, be sure to check out the featured maps here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/forumdisplay.php?f=43

    And finally, start mapping and post your works in progress using the manage attachments button as as you go. I would suggest an order like this for outdoor maps (regional and world):


    • Land and Water (Seas and perhaps lakes)
    • Mountains
    • Trees
    • Rivers
    • Towns
    • Roads


    and post between each session for feedback.

    Joe
    Good Lord...

    I'm repping you for the effort. That's a fantastic list.

    -IG

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