Map of Some Continent
So here is the map I am currently working on and I am having more than a few misgivings with the style (Ascenion's style). I'm trying to make the forests look like forests, but I do not know how. I don't really understand how to use textures and what not or even where to get them/how to make them.
A question I'd like to pose to Ascension himself (should he glance at this post) is about the cities in your Jade Coast map: how'd you manage to get them to look like overheads of cities?
I read everything...don't always understand some of them (game-play stuff and programs that I don't have) and I don't say anything if I don't have anything to add but I do read every post.
I think it looks excellent and very striking as well with the way you did the coastal shallows. The thumbnail looks so so, always does, but at full size I think it's great.
The cities on that map are modified brushes of the Photoshop default 1 pixel hard round. I set the scatter way up around 800 (and count around 8) and when you make a click it puts down a bunch of dots. Couple of clicks and you have a bunch of dots then I add some layer styles (those are posted in the Jasmine Coast thread somewhere) and that's all. The forts are custom brushes that I made and those are in the Mapping Elements section.
Forests on this scale are generally left as dark green areas and not "foresty" textured. I've never experimented with doing forests, really, on this scale.
I was thinking about blending this realistic map form with some handdrawn trees. Here's what I have as an example.
It's on a special layer with soft light for the mode. May fiddle around with the layer styles even more if I deem this to work with the style.
Put in new pic with the trees being slightly altered so that they fade into the map a bit.
I find that it's a good idea to mix realistic style and handdrawn symbols.
Trees are perhaps not quite visible.
I wanted the trees to be of a subtle element rather than an in your face one. Cities and such I'm going to try and replicate Ascension's Jade Coast style and we'll see what other map elements I'll throw in- possibly hills.
Here is what I am finishing with so far as terrain goes, I am going to go back and add in some more handdrawn symbols now and then start on the cities, provincial borders, roads, etc.