Fantasy Continent: Amanium
Well, I was highly unsatisfied with my first attempt at a continent called Amanium, so I decided to start anew but keeping the same name. I really like this map so far and would like to see it completed.
Here's what I have so far:
--I am using GIMP
--I imagine this being fairly large with the land mass either about the size of the US or between Canada and Antarctica (either 6,309,690 sq km or 10,716,438 sq km)
--I used this tutorial: Random Fantasy Map Tutorial, GIMP 2.8
--Planet is a sphere
--Planet is likely going to be larger than Earth
Things I would like to know:
--How to add in borders for provinces
--How to add in symbols and names for major locations
--How to add in important land features like:
----Rivers, lakes, etc
----Swamps, deserts, plains, etc*
*These are not necessary, as i think the map may look crowded with too much info on it.
Thank you for your help!
Last edited by TombRaiderJake; 08-03-2014 at 10:48 PM.
What are your goals for it?
Well, I have 2 main goals:
-To use this as a base for more detailed maps(country or province maps) while still being aesthetically pleasing
-To learn how to use GIMP and other necessary software
And another question... What do you find aesthetically pleasing? What style(s) do you have in mind?
Hmm... I like the style I'm going with, but I'm pretty flexible. I 'm also a fan the map of Skyrim's style (this one: http://images.uesp.net/e/ef/SR-map-Skyrim.jpg)
These ones on the front page also caught my eye:
What do I find aesthetically pleasing? Mainly maps that are not crowded with their labels and easy to read (example, no black text on a dark green background)
Nice, if you want to give a more plausible feel about tectonics as ell so place right mountain ranges and shape better the coastline history then you might want to take a look at several threads aroundhere too ... it seems a new fashion was launched lately ^^ ...
Elevations, as I think you're thinking, are often called height maps. I can't think of any particular one that might help you, but there have been a number of tutorials created on that subject.
Yes, I do mean height maps. I've been looking and what I've found are tutorials on how to make height maps, not where to put mountains in a fantasy map. I'm going to look around a little longer and if I can't find anything, I'll make a post on the 'How do I' forum.
Oh. I gotcha. Well then, this might be what you want: A Magical Society: Guide to Mapping