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    So, after redesigning my main continent, I decided to switch style, test some techniques and map the very first area, which I created almost 8 years ago. This is heavily in progress and needs work, but as always I'd like to get some feedback before I proceed any further. This is a roughly 600x600 miles area.

    Any c&c is welcome!

    PS: I am also struggling with the colors. I set a new (correct I hope) gamma in my monitor and adjusted some other settings, so some feedback on that two would be welcome...
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    Quote Originally Posted by The-Somberlain View Post
    So, after redesigning my main continent, I decided to switch style, test some techniques and map the very first area, which I created almost 8 years ago. This is heavily in progress and needs work, but as always I'd like to get some feedback before I proceed any further. This is a roughly 600x600 miles area.

    Any c&c is welcome!

    PS: I am also struggling with the colors. I set a new (correct I hope) gamma in my monitor and adjusted some other settings, so some feedback on that two would be welcome...
    I think the colors are pretty good. Nice start so far.

    I assume you will get back to adding shadows to the mountains up top like the ones in the middle? Also, do you plan on adding more shading and highlights to the mountains or are you going more for a minimalist style?

    Tree trunks --- nuff said.

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    I worked a little bit more on the rivers and various features of the land. I am thinking of resizing this realm to 500x500 or 400x400 miles. I am not sure yet, I have to check with some of my notes.

    Anyway, the thing that bothers me the most are the solid, simple colors. I am thinking of adding some variations, but I don't know if I should do it a the end as an overall texture or something, or if I should do it for each of the color layers...Suggestions?

    And I don't know about the tree trunks yet...I going to sleep over it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The-Somberlain View Post
    I worked a little bit more on the rivers and various features of the land. I am thinking of resizing this realm to 500x500 or 400x400 miles. I am not sure yet, I have to check with some of my notes.

    Anyway, the thing that bothers me the most are the solid, simple colors. I am thinking of adding some variations, but I don't know if I should do it a the end as an overall texture or something, or if I should do it for each of the color layers...Suggestions?

    And I don't know about the tree trunks yet...I going to sleep over it!
    heh.. got to have tree trunks....

    As for the solid simple colors, I think it looks fairly nice. If you want a bit more variety, one thing you could do is cross color on the mountain layer, ie, put some white on the dark side of the mountains and a bit of dark over on the light side. If you want it not quite as harsh, you can (should) use the smudge tool to smudge it up. I have played with this since reading a tutorial and love the technique.

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    Just wanted to say...those trees rock.

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    OK, here's another update!

    I tweaked the coloring a little bit, added some details and some labels. I also tried to work on those rivers. It might be "too much" though. Also, tell me about the font.

    I plan to add settlements, major roads, scale and maybe a small island complex in the southwest. Till then, I am open to suggestions...
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    Looking really good. To my mind, the coastline could use a wee bit more definition. If not a black line, then maybe a slightly darker green than that of the landmass. I really do like what you have done with the forests.

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