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    As early as grade 2 or 3 I have drawn maps. I do so more when I learned about D&D in the mid 80's. And by the early 90's I'd stopped.

    Last year I got interested in creating my own universe/world/etc...and found myself creating maps again...

    I just found this website a few days ago. It looks like a great place for tips and hints and support...

    I look forward to learning more!

    David

    p.s., here are the two maps I decided to keep over the last year
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    first post and a couple of great looking maps!

    This deserves some rep!!! As Sg says .... :bonk:

    and welcome to the best place in the web to learn about mapping.

    :edit: did you use water colors?
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    Thanks!

    I did both using a terraforming plugin created by someone for Filter Forge, and then worked them in Photoshop and illustrator. I believe some water-colour treatments were used...but it's been a while. I'm just now (after about 6 months away from it) getting back to it.

    My main goal was getting an "old" looking map. I've not been happy, yet, with any writings on the map that I've tried making though.

    Dave

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    Welcome to the Guild.

    Have some REP (P.S. y REP stick is 'bigger' now )
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    Very unique style...all that's really missing is some labeling (places, oceans, etc.). I would like to see your take on that stuff.
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    I'm struggling with the labeling. I've not been able to get a realistic style that I like yet. Any suggestions?

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    Have you tried the dafont.com website? Lots of nice fonts in freeware / shareware there.

    Or you may actually write by hand and scan, if the fonts look too "perfect" to your taste.

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    Welcome Aboard...and since you uploaded maps in your first post I dub thee newly repped *bonk*
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    It's not font choice, it's getting text that looks right stylistically (i.e., actually written on the paper using an ink pen). I keep trying new things...I'll find one that works.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrice View Post
    Have you tried the dafont.com website? Lots of nice fonts in freeware / shareware there.

    Or you may actually write by hand and scan, if the fonts look too "perfect" to your taste.

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    I do not know if this helps, but you can have a look there:

    www.encre-et-lumiere.com

    It is a calligraphy equivalent to the Guild that I have been visiting for a few years. You may find a suitable style there, either historical or reconstructed.

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