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    I got a rough map, but I want to make it better.

    I have an old copy of CC, Photoshop and Fireworks. I want to take the map, import it, and draw over it. Then begin to add terrain and other objects.

    Does anyone have any suggestions what software I might use to accomplish this?

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    My main software is photoshop elements. I create the worlds in Fractal Terrains then make them into maps using pse 7. For your question I would use pse. Welcome to the guild!

    edit: oh and lets see the rough map!
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    First off... Welcome Aboard! Drop a post in the introductory froum (if you haven't already).

    I use photoshop for nearly everything I do mapping wise, for what you are wanting to do I agree with Bohunk that PS (or GIMP) would probably be best.
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    What is the difference between PS and Elements? I cant see the difference?

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    Not exactly sure, but I would guess the Elements doesn't have some of the functionality that a full-blown version of PS would have.

    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along shortly to better answer your question.
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    There is a comparison here between the two. Of all the differences from the point of view of mapping, not having layer masks in elements is a pretty big drawback IMO. Having said that Bohunk produces some of the nicest maps around, and has just won two monthly contests back to back, so it can't be that much of a disadvantage!

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    Then I will uninstall elements and keep photoshop. I would rather have tools that i might not need then not have tools i find out I need.

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    I do my mapping in Inkscape. Free, and you can't beat it at that price.

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    Well, I know CC (which version are you using exactly? CC2?) will allow for importing as a BMP or PNG for drawing over and what not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel General View Post
    Not exactly sure, but I would guess the Elements doesn't have some of the functionality that a full-blown version of PS would have.

    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along shortly to better answer your question.
    The difference, apart from the layer masks, is the absence of the CYMK color correction module - which is what makes Photoshop a 1st class professional product for the printing and graphics industry.

    Adobe has finally figured out that no one else on the planet needs/wants that feature unless you work in printing/graphics industry.

    In other words, stripped down versions of Photoshop are just fine for 99.9% of the public and will never even know what features are missing from the main professional product.

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