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    Well I've gone as far as I can with GIMP (and it isn't much).

    I have a background I'd like to use for some maps but I can't get the edge to look like it's ripped/tattered/burnt (old parchment feel).

    I found a great texture to use but with out the distressed edges it just doen't look right.

    http://rpgmapshare.com/index.php?q=g...2_itemId=13327

    Here is the inspiration image (also a great map!) that has the edge effects i really like.
    http://www.anthonyforsterstudios.co....x2750x2150.jpg

    I’d really appreciate any help or tips on how to use GIMP to reproduce the distress effects.

    Thanks

    OL

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    Photoshop has a torn edges filter you could use...and set the layer effect to be an inner glow with a light red (pink) color set to color burn for the burnt look. I don't know about gimp though.
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    Everyone I've asked has said just about the same thing

    I think I'm going to sink the cash and get Photoshop :cry:

    *looks under the couch pillows for cahnge*

    Thanks

    OL

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    As a total side note, but related. If you know anyone that has a college email account, teacher, student, etc. you can get Creative Studio CS for dirt cheap from http://www.collegesoftware.org I am currently enrolled in some classes and that is how I found out about it. I'm not sure how many copies an individual account can get you though so I'm not going to be much help having already purchased it.

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    Thanks for the info RPMiller. I'll check it out.

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    Man oh man... what a difference a 30 day free trial of Photoshop Elements makes

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    Here is a tutorial for making ripped, rusted paper with the Gimp. One of the posters created a script-fu for it as well.

    http://www.gimptalk.com/forum/topic/...-2-3-42-1.html

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    As an example: Here's a map I did with MapX and some paper I made in the Gimp. Last is the map pasted onto the paper as an overlay.

    Try it out. I'm sure you can improve on this effect.
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    Beat me to it cause I was having problems with the server yesterday and it seemed to eat my posted reply.

    Attached is a weathered version of the sheet originally linked to, made in GIMP. I didn't follow a tutorial, just played with it, but could reconstruct the steps if there was interest.

    -Rob A>

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    Yes please do. That looks really nice.

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