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    Wip World of Curunir

    Iím starting a new map project now and Iím going to do the things a bit differently than before. I usually start with the continent and rivers etc, but not this time. Iím going to expand the small map I created while writing a tutorial for Photoshop: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=4405
    I donít have any idea yet if this is going to be a small or a big map or what kind of civilization there is. So Iíll just let the feeling take me and letís see where it ends.
    Here is the first sample I have ready and Iím now expanding it further.
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    I like the style, but maybe try giving the forests a bit of bumpiness? They look very flat compared to the mountain style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartmoss View Post
    I like the style, but maybe try giving the forests a bit of bumpiness? They look very flat compared to the mountain style.
    I added some rougness under the forest. I this what you ment?
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    I think that's exactly what he meant. Dude, that looks awesome.
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    I played around a bit to create crumpled paper look on the map and here is what I got. I'm not sure exactly what I did as I tried so many things and I need to do some reverse engineering...But what do you think, would you prefer normal look without any effects or do you like this crumpled look?
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    I really like the crumpled look, especially out over the water. Somehow, the map feels more real with it, I think.

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    That's beautiful, I really love how you made the trees and the mountains.

    The only things I can think of that you might want to look at is maybe adding some variety in ground soil; it's mostly a savanah-type sand surface, right? Perhaps if you add some grassy patches - local weather conditions permitting - it would break things up a bit.

    Secondly, the town on the river seems a little stuck-on, so to speak - I think this is mostly due to the drop-shadow and the smooth line where the town;s buildings follow the river's curve. I would suggest removing the drop shadow layer effect (which I assume you have used), and painting in the shading by hand, so you can more easily reflect a difference in heigh for the buildings, and leave a slightly more jagged line of structures along the riverbed with perhaps some of the sand there exposed instead of obscured in the shadows.

    I Love the map though, and I am looking forward to seeing more of it!
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    I'd say normal version...the crumpled paper only shows in the ocean and it turns the ocean into something more of a fresco...interesting idea to play around with tho.
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    Great style! I think I prefer the one without the crumpled paper effect, though.

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    I have not expanded much further out from this area yet, but I added some new tricks to add more variation to the ground. So I have added some harsh ground and grass as well. And I added small fields near the town. So small improvements so far only, but next thing is to expand the area.
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