Oh, is that one on the left an older version that you have available? You could flatten it if need be and put that above the problem layer, then add a new mask, invert it so it's black, then paint over with white on the mask just the side of the river with the shadow, and once done add a hue or color balance layer adjustment with a clipping mask to get the colors of the new old layer more in line with the post lighting effects layer.
Ah-ha - brilliant!
I do still have the old save and I was trying to think how I could use that layer to fix the other one - your suggestion sounds like just what I need! :)
I'll have a play and let you know how it goes! :)
Ok, had a play around and I think the problem is sorted?
So after your advice Chashio I started down the path you suggested, but then it occurred to me I might be able to simplify matters even further using the same idea.
So In the old save version I hid all the other layers, then selected the 'empty space' expanded the selection by 5 pixels so it effectively took in just the land edge all the way around, inverse selection then delete to give me a 5 pixel wide strip of the entire river and coast edge.
Simple matter to paste as a new layer on top of the other, then a bit of messing with the opacity and layer blending and done!
Time to think of a solution : 3 hours, time to fix the problem : 5 minutes! :D
Thanks again Chashio!
Yeah, I thought there might be something simpler than my suggestions... glad you thought of it :)
Right, latest update:
I've added forests, some text, and town and city markers etc.
As its intended for an RPG book I want it to be legible at an A4 print size so I went for simple "pins" for the cities, I wont be name labelling the non-capital pins for the same reason. I might number them for later reference though depends on how cluttered its going to end up looking...
Anyway I've left a spot for a compass rose and a scale in the top left, just need to find a nice free one that fits the style, or make my own.. anyone point me at some relevant tuts? :)
Right, Think I'm done for now! :)
At some point I'll probably add some detailed labels for river towns and POI in small text that will be visible when zoomed in, but it's not required for my current purposes so it'll stand as it is.
I'm pretty happy with how its turned out - but now I am determined to have a go at this same map in antique style.. wish me luck! ;D