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    Here are the layer styles I've made so far for things like buildings, roads, walls, n other stuff. Use em directly or for inspiration and remember to remove the drop shadows when ready to render up the final shadow since the shadows here are more of a placeholder. Land 1, land 2, and desert require you to put the style on a clouds layer. BTW, these are for Photoshop. To use these most effectively, place your buildings with the flat sides in the cardinal directions, apply the layer style, create a new layer, merge the 2 layers (this flattens effectively removes the layer style and produces a raster layer similar to rasterizing a text layer) then rotate the building to fit the street it is on. If a building is rotated before flattening then the style doesn't match the roof slope. To achieve other cool effects apply a new layer style on top of this flattened out one or use gradient overlays instead of bevel/emboss to simulate height as in the market style because not all roofs were built this way...read up on some architecture to see what I mean about roof styles, there's a link somewhere around here I think. If you stack different shapes on different layers and subsequently use differing layer styles you can get something like the castle or lighthouse on my fjord map. The castle has 3 layers, the stone base, the castle roof, and the lil turret roofs.
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    Thanks...these ought to come in pretty handy.
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    Anytime bro, just here to help
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    Just wanted to say thank you for the styles, I saved and check them out and they are going to be very useful.
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    Sweet! Now I just need to find time to try out these and your cool brushes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    To use these most effectively, place your buildings with the flat sides in the cardinal directions, apply the layer style, create a new layer, merge the 2 layers (this flattens effectively removes the layer style and produces a raster layer similar to rasterizing a text layer) then rotate the building to fit the street it is on. If a building is rotated before flattening then the style doesn't match the roof slope.
    Oh god, thank you!! Thank you very much!!
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    No prob. Tear them apart to see how I did them and you can come up with some of your own (for me to download )
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    I was explicitely referring to your hint on flattening layers and rotating the objects afterwards. This was something that bugged me for quite some time
    But yes, I will have a long long look at those styles!

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    Ah, gotcha. And, thank ya, thank ya vera much, unh huh.
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    Thanks for these, might have to try them out.

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