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    Hello all! I was informed that this is the place to be to work on quality map-making skills, so here I am. To start, here is a map I made for a D&D campaign a couple years ago. I think it's pretty good, and it served well enough for my purposes, but I'd like to know what you all think, and what can be done to improve it. My usual process has been to hand-draw the landmasses and then scan them in. Then I use PAINT.NET to color it, add text, get rid of smudges, etc.
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    Welcome to the Guild! Nice First Map!
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    Welcome aboard. I would take a look at some of the maps around here and get some ideas as to what you want your map to look like. Then check that map maker to see if they have created a tutorial. Often times the technique or look you want will be described in the tutorials section.

    You have a good start there and I think it would be nice to add a little something to help depict the ocean from the land.
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    Welcome aboard, i like the coast line and your choice of font gives a nice old feel.

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    Howdy and welcome. Looks fine functionally, good job. Oh and great handle.
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    Thanks, everyone! I looked at some things here, and started messing with my map a bit more. I took some hills and mountains that someone uploaded here, and added some effects to the coastline. I also colored the landmass to have a bit more contrast from the water. So you tell me: is this better? Worse?
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    Welcome aboard, and nice job so far. I really dig the coastlines of that map, and the layout of the mountains. Only thing I'd say at this point is that the landmass looks a bit... pink. Maybe make it more of a tannish color?

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    I love the effect you're getting with the mountains and coast. It may be a bit pinkish, but to be honest, a lot of antique map scans I've seen have that same pinkish hue, so I can live with it myself

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    I've been peeking around the WIP posts, and had to chuckle when I saw your username, because my son is watching [I]Princess Bride[I] in the other room...

    Nice map, btw....

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