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    I spent 1/2 knocking together a quick map in Inkscape. I have laid out the main land mass and surrounding islands as well as adding basic shading to get a feel for the land.

    My question is regarding the roughness of the coastline. I drew these freehand then applied a "fractalize" effect on them but they might be too rough, so I simplified the contour. Which do you think is better?

    I also attached a closeup with the more fractalized coast to show the detail.
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    By the way, this is completely in Inkscape, with no post processing.

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    I think the first image has a good amount of fractalization...I wouldn't say too much at all. I like what you've done with the ripples on the shorelines...is that automatic in inkscape?
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    The ripples are "built in" but they were easy.

    I just duplicated the continent shape, simplified it with ctrl-L, did an offset to push it out, then set the fill to none and changed the line stroke. I repeated that (without the simplify) four times, choosing a longer dashed stroke each time. It was quite easy.

    Alternately, I could have made them a linked offset, which would mean that if I changed the continent shape it would have followed, but I haven't figured that out in Inkscape yet...

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