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    Quote Originally Posted by bartmoss View Post
    Anybody got any cool suggestions on what to do with all the whitespace on the borders of the map? I am thinking perhaps an evolution of the Imperial territory over time, or something similar, but what else could I do?
    Evolution of the Imperial flag and/or seal over time? A data block about population, demographics, major exports, star type, number of planets, founding date, etc. for some of the more notable Imperial worlds? Also: A key.


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    Where is that quote from, from the first post? i like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneSeventeen View Post
    Evolution of the Imperial flag and/or seal over time? A data block about population, demographics, major exports, star type, number of planets, founding date, etc. for some of the more notable Imperial worlds? Also: A key.


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    Also he could use some of the empty white space to but a brief description or story, if there is space enough. Its a nice map, good job on it ^^.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I went with flags/seals. I've also added some more star systems to the map itself.

    Milky Way Galaxy, Revisited-galaxy-01-j-smaller.png

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    Dude, I would kill for a breakdown of how you ended up with that map, the clean white background and greyscale stars in the front. I am starting, well restarting, my own galaxy map project for my Irimagik setting using the old Alternity RPG rules. I absolutely love what you've done with such a normally cluttered idea.

    LOVE IT!

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    Thank you - It wasn't that hard really. The map is basically an inverted and tweaked version of the NASA Milky Way drawing: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/image...-the-Milky-Way

    It's not just a negative though, that would make the spiral arms too thin.

    Next, I had to clear up some gunk that was left; there were areas that were too grey, and in the centers of the arms were areas that were too white. Used cloning a lot to fill in gaps.

    After that, I resized the image - blew it up to huge proportions, and used a variety of filters to remove the blockiness from the map.

    I'm sorry I can't give a very detailed list of what to do, as I didn't take notes.

    But if I can do it, anybody can. I am hardly a gimp-expert.

    All the lines, text, systems and so on, were then added with Inkscape.

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    Drooled over your map again. Only got one thing to say, Preseus Arm?

    Heh, lovely map, I decided to go with the Pinwheel Galaxy as my base. I think I used that in my original work, dug up my old stuff from around 2000. Set up some galleries at Alternitechnity.

    Its a work in progress, just got it started couple days ago, Graphics Galleries should be up, I hope to redo the stuff there with much much better quality, ugg. Once I do I might even be brave enough to post something here.
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    Thanks - typos do happen. i am sure at some point I will spot one on the A1 poster of my current map

    Just took a really quick look at your gallery, you certainly do not need MY advice on drawing, nice stuff!

    If you are interested though, I wouldn't mind releasing the basic gray galaxy image as cc-by. Hvae to run to work now but I'll upload it later.

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    I've released the base image under the Creative Commons Attribution license: http://enderra.com/2012/02/01/milky-galaxy-black-white/

    Enjoy!

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