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    Rept.... Really nice work

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    Wow, this map is now just as amazing as your last island and I thought that one was your best yet. Awesome stuff. Your ability makes me very envious.
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    Beautiful map so far. The farmland is one of the highlights for me.

    I don't care much for the mountains though, they look too much like thunder clouds when zoomed in I think.
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    Wow, Ascension this is beautiful. I love the way you've given the cities such definition - it really allows the eye to instantly scale the map. Really magnificent job. How did you do the cities if you don't mind me asking and at what resolution are you drawing this?

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    It's 4000 x 4000 at 300 ppi. The cities are a 14 pixel scattered dry brush (comes with PS but I scaled it back from 449% scatter to 200%). Color overlay of yellow-brown, inner glow (set to center) of gray...this gives me gray middle parts to resemble stone buildings and tan buildings around the edge to resemble shacks, slight bevel, brown stroke (at 50% opacity), small drop shadow (at 50% opacity). Then on a new layer I use a pattern of something called "metal landscape" (it is white with black lines). Then I invert that to get white lines, delete the blacks, trim to fit, reduce opacity, a low opacity stroke and it now looks like I have some streets in my larger cities.

    I've uploaded all of the layer styles used here as a zip. Make sure that you use white when painting/drawing or the results might vary because I use a lot of blending modes. At any rate, you can play around with them and see what you can come up with.
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    Awesome map. The only really suggestion I can give is you have some river branches that don't seem to have a source. The main rivers that follow out from the forest down to the coast are fine, most likely sourced by the melting snow from the mountains, that's fine. But I noticed you have a few small branches that begin outside the forest and quickly join one of these main rivers, but no clearly defined source for them. At this scale, I imagine we'd be able to see even small lakes that would possibly source them.

    Amazing work, though

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    Once again, a really beautiful map. I especially like your ocean. The mountains... I'm having a little trouble with. They seem too 'fluffy' to be mountains, and the shadows on them seem to be pretty hard to the ease, whereas the shadows on the forested parts are more to the southeast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    Wow, Ascension this is beautiful. I love the way you've given the cities such definition - it really allows the eye to instantly scale the map.
    I wanted to add that I also think the cities are a real highlight for the map. The map has got great texture and detail is virtually every area, but the cities to me are the most special. I will definitely try to remember that look.

    I'm not as upset by your mountains as some of the others, but I do think they might benefit from deeper shadows. If you used some sort of emboss/bevel filter, you might try to re-run it with a greater height and see how it comes out?

    PS. Your field brush reminds me of Sun Microsystems in a few spots! LOL

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    Snagged a copy of that logo, gonna play with that and make it into a new field brush
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    After a week of looking thru some 15,000 fonts and some 9,000 styles I've finally got something close to what I want for my title (Wilhem Klingspor and Xenippa). Cities are labeled with Gaze, forts with Seven Swordsmen, ruins with Allembert, and terrain features with AL Afternoon Delight. The flower was fun to draw, a mash-up of primrose jasmine (color and shape) and jasmine (stamen) but the veins on the leaves gave me a lot of problems. I didn't want to do anymore veins so I cut out a bunch of leaves to save my sanity. I'm not very good at drawing frames, banners, or cartouches so this one is just about done unless you all see things that I need to correct. Oh and I also made up a bunch of new brushes to use as fort icons which was a ton of fun.
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