So here is a project I have been working on for awhile. This is a style that is a little different for me. I'm working on a series of maps with very distinct political borders and am trying for something very "atlas" like with clean lines that can be read easily.
I'm pretty happy with how the coast has come out...the rivers seem a little rough to me and may take some post processing in another program other than cc3. To get the effect I want with the two tone political border I actually needed two different sheets for, and it looks "okay". The "edge fade" is a little strange in spots and may need some fixing too, but I like the colors.
There is a lot more labeling to do yet. (seas, mountains, etc.)
Anyways, anyone have any comments/suggestions?
Looks quite loveley. Needs some other nation colors to really make it POP! though
You've a quite interesting map here, I must say. I like the clean lines of it. It has a very succinct set of data yet gives the view a good overview of the region.
I do like your two-tone borders. They do a good job of delineating the area. The dotted lines for your main roads were an interesting choice, however; my eyes easily traveled over them from town to town as if being drawn by them.
As to your rivers, you might try a one or two pixel blur or fade over each to soften them a bit.
I am a bit confused on the political borders, though. Am I to assume that the entire cream-colored area is one political entity which will eventually be surrounded by others?
This is a very nice start and I look forward to following your progress.
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The Border Style is in the style of the Mercator Style like on these maps:
Thanks for the suggestion on the rivers...I'll try a slight blur on them to see if it smooths them out some.
There will be other highlighted areas surrounding this one...I just wanted to start of with this area first. I'm also planning of a series of maps based on this area that shows the expansion of the empire over a number of years as it has conquered/absorbed other kingdoms.
This represents me really starting to get the hang of making political borders in cc3 (thanks to the guide by Neon).
Ooh! An expansimation!
Bryan Ray, visual effects artist
Might as well export it at as high a resolution as you can get to upload to the site to allow for better zoom in. You may also want to play around with exporting it to png at the same size as I "think" png would have a smaller size for this type of map which has large blocks of solid colors(I could be wrong on this though....)
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