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    Question How to depict reefs?

    I am looking for suggestions on how to depict ocean reefs in a continent scale map.

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    Assuming its in the style of your normal maps not icon respresentation then I would say your only real option is to show the surf break up.

    I guess that means just experimenting with white / light blue effects near the coast

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    I color the depth of the water in various ways. There is the sand which makes the water an aqua color. A bit farther in you get rocks which sea weeds grow on which are usually dark in color so I have that mottled and then far out I make it a flat blue with some ripple on it. I go for realistic satellite style but if you were to go with something else then it could be anything. Any of my big terrain maps could be an example like the MeDem map for instance. Difficult to say definitively what to do with stuff thats underwater.

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    I use a custom-made brush in Illustrator. It ends up looking like a series of m's all run together, with the humps of the m's facing the open ocean and the points facing the lagoon. You can see it (not very well, however, due the poor resolution) on the maps I've attached.

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    If you want photo-realistic, then the Great Barrier Reef looks like this. (See Attached).

    Scale is 1km per pixel
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRob View Post
    I use a custom-made brush in Illustrator. It ends up looking like a series of m's all run together, with the humps of the m's facing the open ocean and the points facing the lagoon. You can see it (not very well, however, due the poor resolution) on the maps I've attached.

    -Rob
    Anyway you could show a 'zoomed in' picture of one of those reefs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeonKnight View Post
    Anyway you could show a 'zoomed in' picture of one of those reefs?
    Sure, here you go.
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