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    I had some unexpected time off today, so I worked on my first tutorial.

    It covers all the basics I used to produce this map, except for endless noodling over details, of course.

    I'll admit I'm not very good at writing, but I hope it's comprehensible.
    I tried to make it easy to get into, but I don't know if that worked.
    Also, it is probably full of typos.

    In any case, I'm glad I was able to get this out before my vacation, so I hope it's helpful to someone out there.
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    I only skimmed through it very quickly, but it looks like you did a good job.

    I'll have to give it a whirl sometime.
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    Tear, I'm extremely impressed by your maps. Hopefully this will help give me some direction. Thank you very much!

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    Like SG I've only skimmed through the PDF file but it looks really well done. Very professional looking like everything you do.

    Looking forward to giving your style a whirl soon.
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    I did a bit more than skim, but haven't tried it yet. I think I will, this is very thorough and clear. I really do like the way you do the ocean layer, I may incorporate that into the style i'm already using

    (i tried to rep! really!)

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    I got lost on page three. D: We go from working on the paint layer to deleting the Threshold layer and selecting Alpha one? How did we get there? I'm pretty confused. Sorry if this sounds stupid, but the instructions are pretty hard to follow right around that point, starting out at least.

    Edit: Disregard. I'm dumb as hell and running on no sleep. xD
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    Looking forward to figuring out how to get this one working in GIMP; great tutorial!

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    Wow. That's at least the nicest-looking tutorial I have ever seen. Given your amazing results with Saderan I will certainly be giving this a try when I get some spare time. Repped if possible [edit]Yeah, guess not. I'll be back![/edit].
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    So i tested it out.
    Not too bad, the only parts I found tedious was setting up the layer styles but that's no reflection on you - i always find that to be my least favourite part

    I did follow all the steps exactly, the only thing I deviated on was leaving the snow layer off the final product as it seemed to wash out the forest/ground layers a bit much for my liking. I used a few different workflow paths here and there - instead of always using the menu commands once I saw what it was that was being done I might use shortcut keys for example, and i did use my tablet so i skipped the steps for the pen tool to make the rivers - but that's something I became adept at before I got my tablet, so no guilt there but I did learn a few new masking tricks i hadn't used before, so yay!

    All in all this was quite fun to play with, and the final product is very nice.

    I especially liked the use of the adjustment layers at the end.
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    Thanks a ton TEAR!

    I noticed that you added in the color numbers that you use (which was very kind of you for the color-handicapped like myself).


    I am extremely excited to start working through this tutorial using GIMP.

    Hopefully there won't be too many hiccups.


    Maybe by the time you get back I'll have some rough work done on my map.


    Thanks again,

    Alex

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