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    Wip Test Map and question

    Here is a map of nowhere in particular that I made using techniques I just learned from this forum. I'm reasonably happy with it as a start. I used GIMP and used Wilbur to add the rivers. I'm not satisfied with a couple of things:

    1) If I look at a real map, the mountain ranges are often wrinkled - more-or-less parallel tight folds. I'm going to continue to experiment until I figure out how to achieve that effect.

    2) I'm not pleased with the GIMP solid noise rendering. It exhibits linear artifacts and a regularity to the lumpiness that I find detrimental. I spent a lot of time on this map blending together layers of solid noise to try and reduce those artifacts. Does anyone know of a better cloud filter? Or a better way to use GIMP's to minimize its shortcomings?

    Thanks for any comments,
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    Community Leader jfrazierjr's Avatar
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    Find the Felimage plug in for GIMP. It does much better noise creation than the stock one.
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    Community Leader Gracious Donor ravells's Avatar
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    Hi Hugh, if you want to get proper shaded relief mountains, then your best bet is to either use some sort of DEM software (Wilbur should do it?) or shade it yourself - which requires artistic and geographical talent beyond most of us. Otherwise it's a fudge, I'm afraid.

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    Thanks! I just tried felimage and I'm really pleased. It's going to make new maps much easier.

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    Looks like a great start have some rep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtougas View Post
    Looks like a great start have some rep.
    What he said.

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