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    The way I might to stippling is to create a smaller image and hand stipple it and then keep that on file. Then when you come to a map just draw with the tablet the mask area and create a repeating version of the stipple and mask it into the main image. Sometimes you can see the repeat lines but if that is the case then mask in several versions of the stipple at different sized repeats. You might be able to get the PC to create some stippling for you with random noise too. So your only job is to draw the shape of where you want it.

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    I think the map is looking pretty darned terrific!

    After reading some of the comments, I had to try my hand at coming up with a stippled effect in Photoshop, and I don't think it looks too shabby! Question is, does it work? (And no making fun of my goofy-looking hills. I drew them with my trackpad...)
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    Looks good. I'm watching this closely since I am a "handdrawer" by nature, so anything that produces useful hills, mountains, forests etc. is of use to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StillCypher View Post
    I think the map is looking pretty darned terrific!

    After reading some of the comments, I had to try my hand at coming up with a stippled effect in Photoshop, and I don't think it looks too shabby! Question is, does it work? (And no making fun of my goofy-looking hills. I drew them with my trackpad...)
    That's pretty good stipple... I've played around a bit with stipples in PS and (IMO) to pull off a good handdrawn stipple effect you need at least a couple different stipple brushes... three is a normal for me. keep it heavy around the edges or where you are defining a section (be it swamp, water or whatever) and give it less towards the middle or center (unless you have objects to define in the center, IE an island) ... keep each stipple on a seperate layer and try turning the opacity down on the stipple that you want to keep light or shading from gray to white...

    I hope that makes sense... cause if I read that back it probably won't make sense to me.. lol
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    The swamps look great, and overall the map is also great looking...

    Digital art newb... I think not.

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    Careful Del, that's how I used to get black eyes when I was younger ...telling girls they had pretty good stipples...

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    ROFL ..... that was good.... funnier after you read the post again ... and then look at cyphers pic of two hills on either side ... and stipple down below.....

    abstact a bit...
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    I'm now working on forests and can't quite decide the style that would work best.

    Here are a few options I have been playing with (variations with and without drop-shadows):
    Map for a Novel-contactsheet_001.jpg

    This needs to be reproducible in B&W for print in a book.

    My favorite right now is tree10, but I would like other options...

    Please post pointers or samples

    -Rob A>

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    I'm now working on forests and can't quite decide the style that would work best.

    Here are a few options I have been playing with (variations with and without drop-shadows):
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    This needs to be reproducible in B&W for print in a book.

    My favorite right now is tree10, but I would like other options...

    Please post pointers or samples

    -Rob A>

    I like 5, 6, and 7 (also 10). For hand drawn maps, I've always fancied individually drawn trees for forests, although it does take forever. 7 and 10 provide an interesting alternative that maintains some of that feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karro View Post
    I like 5, 6, and 7 (also 10). For hand drawn maps, I've always fancied individually drawn trees for forests, although it does take forever. 7 and 10 provide an interesting alternative that maintains some of that feel.
    Trees like the style shown in the Fantasy Cartography video series? Or something else? I find the scale of hand drawn trees (though symbolic) jars with maps of this scale (for me) hence the search for alternatives.

    After drawing all those mountains by hand, what's a few thousand trees

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