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    Map Liberty City Surrounds Map

    Hi All,

    Been some amount of time since I've posted here but I thought I'd drop in what I've been working on of late.

    I'm designing a map of the general area around the city in which a friend of mine is running a DnD campaign. He is using a series of supplements for a city called "Liberty" but these supplements don't have much on the outside world so I had a lot of freedom.

    I'm using ArcGIS ArcInfo to design this map, mostly because I use it all day at work
    http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcinfo/index.html

    The map wasn't looking that hot originally as professional real world mapping applications don't try to get the look and feel of historical work so finding hill-signs and proper symbol sets was a problem.
    ie what it first started to look like:
    Liberty City Surrounds Map-liberty-map4.jpg

    However I found a great article on using ArcGIS and reproducing the look and feel of Caribbean Sea maps from the 1500s:
    http://mappingcenter.esri.com/index....maps.caribbean

    Anyways this is how it looks currently (not finished yet):
    Liberty City Surrounds Map-liberty-map10.jpg

    Cheers,
    Halfpint
    Last edited by Halfpint; 08-18-2009 at 04:40 PM.

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    Nice link!

    and nice work on the map so far.. the mountains seem to be a different brush colour, or was that intentional?

    That would be my only constructive comment towards it though, it's looking very nice. Interesting woodcut effect around the coast, too!

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    Hmm I didn't notice the mountains being different I'll take a closer look.

    The woodcut effect is accomplished via ArcGIS by taking the original land polygon, note I didn't include the minor islands as I only wanted the wood cut to reflect the shape of the general landscape:
    Liberty City Surrounds Map-base.jpg

    And creating a series of buffers at various distances away, while the distances were mostly equal the shading varies from dense lines to intermittent "cuts" the farther from the landscape you get:
    Liberty City Surrounds Map-buffers.jpg

    Then a series of "wood cutting" effects are placed into each buffer with the original polygon layered back on top with a old paper effect. You could likely accomplish a similar effect with Photoshop or Illustrator by stretching the object in all directions.
    Liberty City Surrounds Map-all.jpg

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    Some pretty cool stuff there...
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

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    I'll have to see what I can about replicating that effect in photoshop. Thanks for the steps!

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