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    Hi,
    so since this is my first bigger project in a longer time and the first one in GIMP (aside from the one following RobAs tutorial), i thought i'd post it here and maybe get some comments, critic and tips. Especially for the mountains, they are driving me nuts at the moment...

    So, first step: My old hand drawn map.
    The Island Kives - From Hand-drawn to GIMP-inselk%F6nigreiche3.jpg

    Again I followed the tutorial for the sea, grass and dirt layers. Then i jumped to the other mountain tutorial, i think the look better for a map with a smaller scale. But these mountains seem to do what they want...
    First try: Looks like someone trodd on the mountains and stamped them into the ground. Not so good. And the rim is nearly as high as the peak...
    The Island Kives - From Hand-drawn to GIMP-gebirge1.jpg

    Unfortunaltely i already deleted the layers from the second and third try. They look a bit like the first one, and were awful.
    Fourth try: I downloded that Felimage-Plugin and tried it with that. Turned out a bit better, but i still don't like it. The mountains are too big. And are cut through by the fjords.
    The Island Kives - From Hand-drawn to GIMP-gebirge2.jpg

    Fifth Try: Now i cut out the fjords from the selection before, and took a smaller noise. Worked best so far, i'm quite pleased how it works with the shoreline, but the landside edge is still not very nice to look at...
    The Island Kives - From Hand-drawn to GIMP-gebirge3.jpg

    And a complete map of the island so far:
    The Island Kives - From Hand-drawn to GIMP-versuch-kivesunfertig.jpg


    Now i'm off for a weekend of real-life mountain studies... perhaps that'll help.

    Thanks for any comments and tips on my mountain problem...
    Have a nice weekend!
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    Next take on the mountains:
    I completely deleted all previous mountains and redid both of them, plus the southern one.

    The Island Kives - From Hand-drawn to GIMP-berge2.jpg
    The southern and eastern ones turned out pretty well, but the westen one ist still not what i'm trying to get...
    The problem is, there are a coulpe of rivers supposed to run from a higer ridge on the eastern edge of the mountains through valleys into the fjord system. So i can't do it like i did with the southern one, or the rivers will cut through a whole ridge later... -.-

    Enough for today, i'll probably try a bit more tomorrow.
    Conversation at university while writing our group report:
    "I'll make a map." - "We don't need a map, we only interviewed some people." - " I know, but it won't stop me from making one."

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    Played a bit with the rest of the mountains and the hill lands around them.
    The Island Kives - From Hand-drawn to GIMP-hills.jpg

    Hills were done the same way as the mountains, following the tutorial, but with a gradient map from brown to darker brown with low opacity between the two embossed layers.

    I think i'll consider this step done, finally.
    Conversation at university while writing our group report:
    "I'll make a map." - "We don't need a map, we only interviewed some people." - " I know, but it won't stop me from making one."

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