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    Default WIP: Elvarn Trading Cities

    I was playing around with some of the tutorials, made a mistake, but liked what I saw. I'm trying to decide if I need more landscape/etc. Also, I am not a fan of the scale bar at the moment. I do like how the mountains came out, though.

    WIP: Elvarn Trading Cities-comp.png

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    Looks nice I agree with you on the scale bar maybe you could lose the black box?
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    I took your advice about the box style scale and made a smaller scale bar. I also added a frame and some trade routes. I'm not sure if I want to retain the routes, or if I'd rather just have the cities. The actual image is too large to attach, so this is about a third of the size.

    WIP: Elvarn Trading Cities-smelvarnwithframe.png

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    Now that is looking very good. I personally like the routes. The only thing is the description for the black route is hard to read. Keep up the great work!!
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    great looking map! the black legend label is a bit hard to read. I like the color on the 2nd one better but maybe a little more blue in the oceans may make them more .. euh "oceanish" . Also the shorelines are a little darker then the ocean color and may look better if they are slightly brighter then the ocean. well, just my thoughts... cheers!
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    All right. I changed the black to a light green. I also tried to make the sea bluer and lighten up the image around the coastlines. I'm not too sure how successful I was on the lattermost.

    WIP: Elvarn Trading Cities-bluer.jpg

    ETA: I had attached the wrong image. Fixed now.
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    The routes key is much better. now that I've looked at this map a few more times I like it even more. The only thing I have now is it may be a bit blurry. But great job still!!
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    Thanks. Do you have any ideas on how to decrease the blurriness? I was trying for a soft and somewhat faded painted feeling, but I guess I went too far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisze View Post
    Thanks. Do you have any ideas on how to decrease the blurriness? I was trying for a soft and somewhat faded painted feeling, but I guess I went too far.
    actually now that I look at it again it's not bad..maybe it's ME thats blurry.. you could go a little lighter on the ocean but the overall feel of this map is beautiful
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    I think it's the shorelines and maybe the ocean that looks blurry. You might try using a "sharpen" on some of them but that will only get you so far. Sometimes when I over-blur stuff I just have to redo the layer with a bit less blur.
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