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    So I thought I'd join in the fun. Here's a first shot at a mid-scale forest in Gimp:

    Playing with trees in Gimp-trees1.jpg

    I have lots of things I want to improve about it, but I'll let everyone else throw their tuppence worth in here too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by torstan View Post
    So I thought I'd join in the fun. Here's a first shot at a mid-scale forest in Gimp:

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    I have lots of things I want to improve about it, but I'll let everyone else throw their tuppence worth in here too.
    Nice shape and spread! Might need a bit more "close/tight" texture, but I can't say for sure without a scale, to judge by. What size do you mean when you say mid-scale?

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    Well, a scale where it is meaningful to resolve the individual trees on the outskirts. So I guess one of the outlying blobs is about 20-30 feet across.
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    Quote Originally Posted by torstan View Post
    Well, a scale where it is meaningful to resolve the individual trees on the outskirts. So I guess one of the outlying blobs is about 20-30 feet across.

    Ah... ok... If I had time to mess with your base, I would probably run a plasma filter at high turbulence for the bump map after masking if off. Perhaps even using a slur filter to get things with a slight "wind blown" pattern. Of course, I have no idea what I am talking about, just thinking of what might look interesting with the tiny amount of stuff I know about GIMP.

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    They look great... Fuzzy--as in like, with fuzz and stuff, not blurry--but very forest-y.

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    Okay, here's a slightly updated version.

    Playing with trees in Gimp-trees2.jpg
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    Or (slight tweak)

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    Whilst doing this I remembered that I created an animated tree brush a while ago. Here is what it looks like in use (yes, it's unashamedly based on that rather nifty Narnia map that someone linked to recently):

    Playing with trees in Gimp-example.jpg

    And here's the brush.

    I'll post this over on the resources forum as well for anyone that wants them.
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    Here's a couple attempts... a slight variation on the method Dan Chops developed as a variation on RobA's original regional map style.

    They're only subtly different.
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    I like the second one more. You have to be careful when using some sort of bump-texture/caliuquer thing as it's really easy to spot if its covering a large single area. The second one seems to have abit of a variety in the texture while the first has an unvaried overlay over the whole patch.

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