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    Hello All,

    My name is Michael. I just joined this forum. My interest in cartography is for mapping my fantasy world for D&D and stories. I don't have much artistic talent but in the past I have drawn maps by hand. I recently purchased Fractal Terrains and Campaign Cartographer in the hopes that they could help me make some higher quality maps. Unfortunately, the learning curves for these two programs is steeper than I had anticipated and the accompanying manuals are not helping much.

    Actually, I haven't played with CC that much yet as I am still trying to figure out FT. I was wondering if anyone here knows of a better Fractal Terrains tutorial that what is provided with the software. Also, is there perhaps an even better program than Fractal Terrains for generating real looking worlds? Because so far the worlds I've generated in FT don't look very real to me. But maybe that's just me not using the right settings.

    My ultimate desire is to have my whole world in digital form and when I need regional maps I just zoom in on the required area and generate a new map.

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    Welcome to the Guild!

    Don't be too harsh with FT, as Waldronate, a member here is the developer of that application, and the free Wilbur app as well.

    I'm sure one of local FT experts and CC3 experts will get you on your way.

    Theres lots of other apps to consider as well, many free, like GIMP.

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    Welcome aboard

    I think we got a few nice CC tutorials on this site. At least for me, the best way to learn a new app is by doing a few tutorials.
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    Hi Duarthei, theres a keyword index link in my sig for threads about stuff. Theres CC3 and FT lists with tutorials and stuff too. A few people have said that those have unlocked the potential of it. You could check out Wilbur too, also by Waldronate which jezelf and others have had more success with. You could check out L3DT too - maybe thats a different direction for you which might work.

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    Welcome to the Guild, Duarthei. This is the right place if you have any questions about the various mapping software that is out there. There are many knowledgeable and friendly people here.
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    Thanks for the welcomes. I will try not to be too harsh on Fractal Terrains. I'm sure it's a powerful program, I'm just having trouble figuring it out. Hopefully I will learn more here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duarthei View Post
    Hello All,

    My name is Michael. I just joined this forum..
    Hi Michael, I'm new here too.

    Unfortunately, the learning curves for these two programs is steeper than I had anticipated.
    That was my experience when I first started with CC. I found FT easier to figure out, though, since I had been using CC for awhile by then.

    Actually, I haven't played with CC that much yet as I am still trying to figure out FT.
    I don't know if it would help, but you might try mastering CC first, and then go back to FT. I know that's backwards from your plan, but it might be worth a try.

    Also, is there perhaps an even better program than Fractal Terrains for generating real looking worlds? Because so far the worlds I've generated in FT don't look very real to me. But maybe that's just me not using the right settings.
    I don't know. I went through a lot of iterations trying to find one that I liked, changing the settings to get different results. That wasn't as much on account of the realism as just not being inspired by what I was seeing. How many have you generated so far?

    My ultimate desire is to have my whole world in digital form and when I need regional maps I just zoom in on the required area and generate a new map.
    You make it sound so easy.
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    Welcome to the Guild. Check out the software section for different types of app that we use to make maps. FT is a great program, but I think it really shines when it's used in conjunction with a raster editor. Also, look around for the free FT add-on (I'm having a senior moment and can't remember what it's called), but it gives you very beautiful Gaia effects. The author of the add-on is on these forums and he will be able to help you get the most out of FT as will Waldronate.

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