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    Post Sup (had to be different, howdy was taken)

    Howdy, I'm bachi (I know it says xbachix, I had registered under bachi too but my yahoo mail didn't get the e-mail for activation. wasn't in my spam filter either). I play my fair share of dungeons and dragons and enjoy drawing buildings for campaigns as well as the occasional map however I don't like how crude my drawing skills are. On the other hand it's not important enough and too time consuming to go out and actually take a class on how to draw to improve my own skills. Right now I'm also in a financial bind so buying the software for drawing is also proving difficult.
    Does anyone have any recommendations on any free software I may use to build maps on my computer.
    I am in the middle of moving, when it is complete I'll try to upload some buildings that I drew some time ago as well as some of my older maps.
    Currently this is the only one I have available, sorry. It has been quite some time since I drew this picture, but I'm not sure if my skills have improved much.
    Thank you for your time and I love everything I see here, it's all really cool.

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    Guild Journeyer Feralspirit's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    Utah, United States


    Alright. Your question is one of very few points of contention within the guild. When I posted a similar question Steel General (may fortune smile on him) recommended GIMP, which is free. There are others which are also free, and I'm certain other guild members will chime in.

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    Community Leader Facebook Connected Steel General's Avatar
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    Ft. Wayne, IN


    Welcome Aboard!

    Regarding software - As Feralspirit already mentioned, GIMP is free and can do many/most of what Photoshop can do (some things better). There is a large group of GIMP users in residence here and a couple of them quite skilled in the various scripting languages available for it.

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention good old MS-Paint, there are a couple of members who have done wonderful maps with it.

    Also Paint.Net, again a couple of members use this. I personally know little about it.

    If you want to spend some money CC3/CD3/DD3 is very popular with members.

    Hope that helps...

    Also since you uploaded a map in your very first post, have some 'rep' *bonk*
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

    Unless otherwise stated by me in the post, all work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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    Welcome Bachi. I can recommend both Gimp and Inkscape - preferably together, they fill each other's shortcomings. Both are free.

    I'd heard that both were difficult to learn, but I've picked up the basics of each in a few weeks - a few days, really.

    I'm in the kindergarten drawing school myself, but I find these apps practically draw the stuff for me. I tend to draw all the squares and circles with Inkscape and then colour them in with Gimp.
    Mapping a Traveller ATU.

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    Look for Chit Chat, Sandmann's blog. Enjoy.

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    Community Leader NeonKnight's Avatar
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    Surrey, Canada, EH!


    Welcome to the Guild!
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    MY 'FAMOUS' CC3 MAPS: Thunderspire; Pyramid of Shadows; King of the Trollhaunt Warrens; Demon Queen's Enclave

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome and the assistance. I have begun to settle down at my new location and will hopefully begin drawing maps soon. I look forward to constructive criticism on my future maps. It is very nice meeting you all.

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