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    Hi

    I have recently started work on my first map made entirely in photoshop. It is a map of Serth, the world that my horror RPG takes place in.

    What iv done:
    drawn outline
    put on parchment

    Still to do:
    add mountains
    add forest
    add places
    add labels
    add measure
    add compass

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    Any C&C on what i can change/improve would be appreciated

    thanks
    Keeghan

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    The weathered parchment is fantastic, and it looks like the paper is sitting on a slightly tilted blotter or something. Looking forward to seeing more.
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    The paper is top notch.

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    thanks guys, im a bit worried about the coast lines, they just look a bit, odd, what do you kind people think?

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    The coast lines is on apr with the fact that it's sitting on an old, weathered piece of parchment. One could deduce that it was done in a time when knowledge of cartography was at it begining. This would be a very nice handout to the players i think.

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    I think the coast lines could use some smoothing. They seem to be almost pixelated and blocky. Zoom way the hell in and smooth the buggers out. Also I would suggest some line width variation as well. That might authentic it up a bit as well.

    Great parchment texture though.
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    smoothing... yes, good idea, ill try that, and its pixelated, because... i enlarged it, about 300% from its origanal to put it onto parchment and ;line width varyation, as in, make some parts of the line thicker? ok, i guess that would make it look for like it was drawn with a calligraphy pen, i have a reall dip pen blah blah thing, so ill spend a bi of time drawing lines, and see what they look like, and try recreate it thankls everyone for the encoraging words

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    It almost looks "stretched" left-right. I think this is because all the long lines are horizontal.

    Some suggestions
    -Turn the peninsula in the upper left corner 90 deg. so that it has a vertical orientation
    -Do the same with some of the islands.
    -Or, scale the whole thing down so that it is narrower.

    Or do what your creative inner eye tells you to do and ignore this stranger. ;-)

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    The only thing that strikes me as a bit odd is that really long canal to the east of the mainland, I can't think of what sort of plate movement would have formed that.

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    I agree with the pixelation issue... smooth it out, but I'd suggest also finding points to blur it a little, have it fade into the parchment. On something with ancient (and great) looking parchment like this, the writing on the parchment would be very weathered-looking as well. Probably some bleeding of the ink, if you can manage it, as well.
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