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    Help Consoldea Map WIP

    Hello everyone,

    Iíve been working on a map for my book thatís coming out this summer and wanted to start a WIP thread for it. I am working from a previous work I started a while ago which is satellite imagery photo manipulation; just for reference, the un-scaled file is 20k X 20k pixels. Seeing however, I decided to go along with a drawn map, as my book is fantasy and that style is more fitting I think.

    Right now, all I have in the new map is borderlines, but I plan on uploading some snapshots as I go. Wish me luck!

    :Edit: Here's the latest:

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    ~Matthew J. Mimnaugh
    Last edited by MatthewJMimnaugh; 04-05-2012 at 08:55 PM.

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    Good luck!
    Thanks so much!

    BTW, here's the original sat/image manipulation I am using for my reference:

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    Hey guys, I have an update. Here it is:

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    I could use some advice on the mountains; it looks great on my screen before I shrink it but the export seems a little wonky. Any advice?

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    I think it's just a function of working on it at a different scale than what you're exporting it to. Is there a reason you're working on it at such a large resolution? 20k square is roughly mural-sized; "good" printing resolution is around 300px per inch. So even a huge poster map (24"x36") only needs 7200px x 10800px. You mention that it's for a novel; if so, the maps are routinely printed at about 4x6 inches for a paperback, giving you 1200x1800px. So I'd suggest starting with a smaller size, which would have added benefits of not bogging down your computer (unless it's a lot more powerful than mine!) and being able to post it up at full size. Give yourself some ability to print largish (if it were me I'd go with 4800-6000k or so), but 20k is almost guaranteed to be overkill (and make all of your symbols look really really tiny for all practical purposes).

    Unless you want a mural or tapestry for your wall, in which case I pronounce your mountains just fine

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