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    Wip [WIP] Map of Harren

    So, here is my novice's dilemma. I have spent countless hours crafting what I believe to be a detailed, beautiful and compelling world map for my novel. Now I want to add some text for the cities, rivers and nation names that you would expect any map to contain.

    It looks awful.

    I am running into a brick wall trying to make my text legible AND interesting. Or hell I would just settle for legible at this point. I've tried drop shadows. I've tried different fonts and such to no avail. I desperately need some advice.

    I have attached four maps. One of the entire region minus any text:
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    An earlier version of the entire region with text added for some nations:
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    A zoomed in version of the island chain region without text:
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    and with text:
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    I also welcome any and all advice on the rest of my map out side of the text. Doesn't mean I will take your advice, but I certainly welcome it.

    Everything was mouse-drawn in Gimp 2.8.6

    *Sorry! I tried looking for a tutorial on text placement but could not find one... until I posted this thread! I will attempt to read that 17 page monstrosity, but in the meanwhile, feel free to critique what I have accomplished so far!
    Last edited by Christopher Powell; 08-27-2013 at 07:48 PM. Reason: Update thread topic/subject

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