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    This is the end result. WIP thread here.

    Ok. Here goes:
    This is Burgenos, the regional capital and home town of my current D&D group.
    The map is hand drawn in PS CS3. I've used a couple of different tuts from this site and also done a lot of experimenting especially with the fields and trees. Some notes:
    -The buldings are a layer above the main road/paved area layer. I used a square brush with some size, angle and roundness jitter to make the edges, but at first it was a great big blob of color. I then went over it with an eraser to make building shapes. Then i used the eares as a buldozer to make the negative space, deleting buildings and widening alleys.
    -There's two different countour/relief layers. One made from lighting effect filter on a heightmap and one is hand drawn shadows, those layers are on top.
    -The ground is made from 4 shades of the same color and overlayed with a grass texture.

    The western part of the city is the poor part of town, a big slum with lots of small shacks and hovels. The eastern side of the river is for the rich and powerful, with bigger houses and even a few parks. On the northern hill there's an old castle with some modern add-ons, since they have cannons in this world. The southwestern fort is home to the local Paladins of Heironeous order, and that's a modern fort with sloping walls and heavy gun emplacements.

    Anything else you want to know? Ask.
    Last edited by Hoel; 12-30-2008 at 07:37 AM. Reason: Added description

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    I do like the way the fields turned out!!
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    Yep, the fields are very good! Repped.
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    Maybe a subject for my first tutorial
    Hope my players can appreciate my work as much as you fellow cartographers do.
    Thanks for the rep!

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    I love how your forests turned out!

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    Do you have any notes about the area depicted or your process you wish to share? If so, please edit the original post and put a paragraph or two!
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    Good work on the City!
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    Hey, anyone got a nice tip for making lables on a cluttred map like this?
    I'm thinking about using a font with numbers in circles, or hand making them (a bunch of work). I cant put them right on the map, and just numbers don't stand out. I've got about 30-40 places i want to lable.

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    lable, label? I think label?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoel View Post
    Hey, anyone got a nice tip for making lables on a cluttred map like this?
    I'm thinking about using a font with numbers in circles, or hand making them (a bunch of work). I cant put them right on the map, and just numbers don't stand out. I've got about 30-40 places i want to lable.
    One thing a lot of people do (me included) is to use a dropshadow or an outer glow on your text of contrasting color to make them stand out.
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