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    Hello Everyone,
    I am new here, I love maps and I cant wait to see what other people are doing with their maps and such. I love looking at them and observing them and even drawing them myself. I do not have computer software for such maps though. I don't know which one to use and any help here would be greatly appreciated in deciding which software to use. I hope to learn a lot. Thank you for allowing me on the site and hope to become well informed.

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    Welcome! I look forward to seeing what you map.
    Computer software is not technically a requirement for making maps, but I do love my Photoshop. There are a few threads floating around the forum somewhere about the various softwares one can use for mapping... likely in the software discussion section... hmm. Yeah, here it is: Software Discussion

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    Welcome to the Guild CorranHorn (one of my favorite Star Wars characters BTW)! Firs of all, you don't need any computer software do make maps. There are a handful of artists here who work almost exclusively with hand drawn media. However if you wish to learn how to create maps digitally, and want to know which software to get, then check out the link that Chashio posted. A good starting program is GIMP. It's free, fairly powerful, and well supported in the tutorials sections here. You may also wish to browse through the tutorials sections to see what styles are possible given different forms of software.

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    -Arsheesh

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    Thank you very much for the help. Ill definitely look into it

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    Arsheesh, Mine also, since I read "I Jedi" he is the best haha. I have a small hand full of drawn maps that I will put up. Just a few that I like to draw in my spare time and critique. Ill look into GIMP and the tutorials. Thank you again for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arsheesh View Post
    My pleasure. Oh and "I Jedi" may just be my favorite Michael Stackpole novel.

    Cheers,
    -Arsheesh
    CorranHorn, I'd add Inkscape to the recommended free softwares (though if I'm gonna recommend it I should really learn to use it!). Just finished Michael Stackpole's Ghost War, definitely enjoyed that.

    cheers,
    Meshon

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    Hi and welcome!

    You can start by sketching on paper with a 2B pencil with a 6B for shadows. That's what I do, no software needed!
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    I'll also give that a shot Krasimir . I have a few I did in regular no. 2 pencil and traced over in pen for depth.

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    I'll look into it Meshon, thank you what do you think about it as a program?

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