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    Hi Everyone! Long time no see!

    After a long break from mapping, I decided to try my hand again. This is a random continent I've been messing around with. I'm to the point where I need to start labeling and putting in roads/cities/etc. (I think), but I thought I'd stick it up and get some opinions first.
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    The colors are different but still interesting and nice, me dig. I'd put the rivers underneath the forest and then on the forests very lightly erase a bit so that the river just peaks through here and there. Overall, I like it a lot.
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    I like the colors, too.
    I think the forests are a bit blurry, though.

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    Agreed, on both counts. I think tonight I'm going to redo the forests entirely; I think the texture's too big, it makes the mountains look little. I'll incorporate these two suggestions when I do. Thanks!

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    I think it's quite good.

    There seems to be some weird line patterning in the mountains - though I think that is something to do with the way GIMP is programmed.
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    Thanks SG

    Yeah, it's an artifact of shaped gradients in GIMP. I've been working on how to reduce/get rid of it, but haven't been able to yet.

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    If I'm not mistaken RobA had some kinda work-around for this, but durned if I can find it.
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    I played around with it a bit and I think the mountains are better now, but their style shifted a bit. A tiny gaussian blur got rid of the lines, but since I was fiddling with them anyway, I tried to fix their apparent size too, plus I wanted to add some foothills and random hills throughout the countryside.

    I also sharpened and shrank the forest textures, and added a bit of a drop shadow on them. I opened up some of the previous forested area to allow for the human development.

    In the top left forest, I tried both outlining the river and erasing a bit here and there. I'm not sure which I like better, or if I did either of them as well as I'd like to, but I'm not sure how to improve it. Any suggestions would be very welcome
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    Zoomed out, I really, really like the map. Zoomed in it's a bit blurry.
    Great work so far, though.

    As for the rivers running through the forest: I would totally clear a path.
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    The mountains look great. You're on the right track with the forests but the edge looks a little too clean and defined - maybe add some clumps and break up the edges more...make it look ragged. Nice job, though, so far.
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