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    Map This is the 3rd draft for the world map idea for my story

    Alright guys, as some of you know, I do not have the programs to create high quality maps. but what I do have at my disposal is Ms Paint and Photoshop. This map is the 3rd draft for the world in which I am writing my novel about. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks. This is the 3rd draft for the world map idea for my story-tyt.jpg

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    Your map looks pretty good and with photoshop you do have more than enough to create good looking map. After all, the software is only a fraction of what makes a map good.

    I like your landmasses but the background texture is not right.
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    If you have Photoshop you DO have a tool with which to create amazing maps.

    Your world has a pleasant arrangement of landmasses, and other than being pixellated, looks fine. Really, if you have the RAM to deal with it, you can get crazy-good results with even Paint, just by starting with larrrrge canvases. I like what you've done thus far.

    If you want something to print in a typical book, keeping the detail simple is a decent idea.

    You have access to the premier free equivalents of the well-known expensive software packages - GIMP approximates Photoshop, and Inkscape approximates Illustrator. There's always a learning curve, but the results can be worth it. Example - I don't (yet) do vector styles in Inkscape, but I have found it excellent for creating curved labels.
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    Photoshop is one of the most widely used, professional, and capable
    tools for mapmaking you can find. Sure, I don't think it was designed
    with mapmaking in mind, but a lot of cartographers here in the guild
    have been able to master it with amazing results.

    I have MS Paint, so I'm able to understand that's a more basic tool.
    But, being a more basic tool, it's easier to learn and beginners
    shouldn't have as much trouble getting to know it. I don't have
    photoshop, but if I did, I probably would know how to get started with
    it.

    I like the border of your map. It reminds me of a simple map that might
    be used for nautical navigation or such. You did a fairly good job avoiding
    the square look, but I don't think the pixelation helps that.
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    I was trying to make the map appear as though it were drawn on papyrus. Still working that part out though. And I appreciate all of the comments. Thanks everyone.
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    The land masses look indeed mire interesting than your previous drafts.

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