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    12- Finally, to add some color variation to the forests, add yet another layer set to overlay, filled with neutral gray and with the forest mask applied. Run a plasma cloud render with the turbulence set somewhere in the middle (I used 5.)

    My map ; WIP-15-texture-.jpg

    This will result in multicolored forests:

    My map ; WIP-16-texture-b.jpg

    Set your colors to black and white again, and run a gradient map on the forest texture layer. The results should look something like this:

    My map ; WIP-17-color-variance.jpg

    I hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvith Gent View Post
    I think it should be better. I apply a 3 px gaussian blur to the Fuzz layer's border. I let the precedent version to compare.
    I think that Gaussian Blur is the way to go here. Unfortunately, however, I can't see the new version, only the original one. Maybe you could upload it again?

    Quote Originally Posted by jfrazierjr View Post
    For me at least, the reason I really like the first(and third) version is your cliffs at the norther edge of the map. They look nice and really make the cliffs stand out.
    Here Joe puts his finger on what I like so much about he maps. The cliffs look great!

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    Thanks for the precise tuto. I have my new forests, now we can compare. What version is the best ? RobA (page 1) ? DanChops (here) ? Or mixt (page 2) ?

    I'm now going to look for better cliffs ...
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    So, what did I do to the cliffs ?

    First, I do a Cliffs mask. Secondly, I create a Cliffs texture layer and add the mask.
    Then, I played with filters. And ... I think it's nice ! ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvith Gent View Post
    So, what did I do to the cliffs ?

    First, I do a Cliffs mask. Secondly, I create a Cliffs texture layer and add the mask.
    Then, I played with filters. And ... I think it's nice ! ^^
    Those are looking quite nice! Great way to dress up the cliffs. I might suggest doing a very small (like 3 or 4 pixels small) Gaussian blur on the texture layer, just to help it blend a bit more. (Can you tell that I prefer a smoother look?)

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    I agree with Dan. The cliffs now look 10 times better, but with a bit more playing you could make them look even better. Right now, they are flat due to the hard edges. Also, feel free to try multiple techniques. I have been playing with both solid noise and plasma for mountains, and though I have not gotten anything I love quite yet, I think I am close.
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    Ok, I applied a 3px blur.
    Then, I looked for any other amelioration, but I did not find. It is out of my skills ^^
    Does someone have an idea ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvith Gent View Post
    Ok, I applied a 3px blur.
    Then, I looked for any other amelioration, but I did not find. It is out of my skills ^^
    Does someone have an idea ?
    That's better, but I would still play with the original layer and try to get the hard lines a bit more irregular. I included a screen cap. See how the lines are all straight? You would not have to do much, but a bit of randomization on the lines "down" your cliff face would help a lot. You don't need a ton, just a few squigles a pixel or two off the baseline, and it does not need to be every line (ie, there can be some straight ones.) Again, just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvith Gent View Post
    Ok, I applied a 3px blur.
    Then, I looked for any other amelioration, but I did not find. It is out of my skills ^^
    Does someone have an idea ?
    The cliff faces look great. The blur really helped the look a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by jfrazierjr View Post
    That's better, but I would still play with the original layer and try to get the hard lines a bit more irregular. I included a screen cap. See how the lines are all straight? You would not have to do much, but a bit of randomization on the lines "down" your cliff face would help a lot. You don't need a ton, just a few squigles a pixel or two off the baseline, and it does not need to be every line (ie, there can be some straight ones.) Again, just my two cents.
    I'll echo what Joe said. If you can get the vertical lines a bit less straight, I think you'll have a pretty sweet cliff face there.

    Lookin' good Elvith.

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    Try a texture like this for your cliff:
    My map ; WIP-cliff.jpg

    (I just made it up...)

    Paint a hard line at the top of the cliff face.
    Select the cliff face area.
    Enlarge the selection to include the stroke.
    Filter->Noise->Slur, and repeat it a few times with different amounts. This randomly pulls down pixels through the cliff face selection.
    Do a motion blur at 270degrees (straight down), setting the length of the blur to the size of the cliff.
    Add a layer, fill the selection 50% grey.
    Bump map the solid layer, using the streaky blurred one as the source, set layer to 50% opacity.
    Duplicate layer, set to overlay, 100%

    Here are the three layers I have, l-r: blurred slurs, 40% normal, 100% overlay:
    My map ; WIP-cliff_l.jpg

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