[WIP] Experimental Map
Hi, I'm new to both the forums and cartography. I've been a longtime lurker but recently got into making maps of my own. After going through the tutorials, I've come up with this regional map. I appreciate any comments and tips on improving it. Thanks for looking.
Last edited by Crimson-Ladybug; 12-10-2010 at 02:42 AM.
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Looks good except the forests. I'd try removing the bevel and just make them darker, maybe with a texture or pattern as well. Usually, I just make mine as a bunch of tiny dark green dots clustered together.
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Thanks for the tips, here's a new version.
The mountains overlapping the forests really doesn't look right. I can't say I particularly care for the fractal noise bump map either, something more subtle may work better.
I think the problem here is that the map looks layered. The mountains and forests seem like leaves placed over a flat map. What makes a good map is a sense of depth. Blend the layers more. Make them flow into another and look natural. There are a few good tutorials you can check out in the tutorials section as well, if you are into that kind of thing