Hello everyone, I have actually been registered for a while but haven't posted. I actually came here looking for map tutorials for the fantasy world I'm creating. After trying several programs and tutorials I had to remind myself of my no artistic talents. So I'm actually looking into the map making requests forum for some help to create my fantasy map.
See yall around!
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Welcome to the guild Iceman.
I suggest posting up a WIP of your efforts before calling it quits on making maps yourself. It is true that some of the tutorials might be a bit confusing to someone who is only just starting to map by comp, but it is also true that a question never asked will never recieve an answer. If you are having problems with a tutorial, post where you are at and ask your questions. We are usually (eyes a certain recent thread) a friendly bunch quite willing to help people get the most enjoyment out of the map making process.
If you do do this, you will be surpised at how much the computer can compensate for one's "lack of talent" and also how fast you will find yourself improving your "non-existant skills".
Trust me in this, you are not the first to claim a complete lack of talent, and you would not be the last to willing eat those very words a few months or even weeks down the road.
So, in closing, stick around and show us what you got.
*edit* just noticed SG got his 300 rep!! congrats!!!
Last edited by Korash; 05-05-2009 at 12:13 PM. Reason: ol'eagle eye here
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Please take my critiques as someone who Wishes he had the Talent
Welcome to the Guild!
Seriously don't worry about not being artistic. Drawing a good map (depends on the style of course) is more about procedure ... it's more like doing Soduku or a crossword. It's a question of seeing in your mind's eye what you generally want and then fighting the software....and then playing with all the sliders and buttons that you can see and finding something wonderful and using that (even though it wasn't quite what you wanted in the first place). That's my approach to mapping in a nutshell.
Stick with it for a bit and I suspect you will be impressed.
I'll have to give it another go, I did find a program from these forums that lets you create random continents, I'll see if I can't find a map I like from that, then shouldn't be to hard to add terrain and such to that.
Don't be discouraged so easily. The first time I used a friend's Photoshop to make something, I was staring at it for a good thirty minutes. I never did get to making maps that day. All I can say is follow some of the tutorials on here, they're really good.
Good luck, and show us something soon!