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    Default I may have found a cool city map building trick in inkscape

    http://screencasters.heathenx.org/episode-104/ here heathenx uses a neat tool called "create tiled clones" I'm still playing with it, but it dawned on me that you have a tool that will
    a)take an object
    b)rotate it randomly
    c)scale it randomly
    d)adjust its color randomly and...
    e)spit a bunch of these out...

    When I first tired it for buildings in a village... I found the "unclump" button will shift them apart with enough clicks (or you can move them by hand...)

    Has anyone else thought about this... or have some other ideas for me to use to see if I can make this make a good map... if I can get it to work I think I'll right a little tut.
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    That's a great tutorial, thanks for posting it! Trying it now to make a new starfield for my Honorverse map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gidde View Post
    Honorverse map.
    I demand the finished product be posted!!!! Don't make me tell the 'cats you hid all the celery!
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    Haha, still working on it, but it's got a WIP thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notsonoble View Post
    http://screencasters.heathenx.org/episode-104/ here heathenx uses a neat tool called "create tiled clones" I'm still playing with it, but it dawned on me that you have a tool that will
    a)take an object
    b)rotate it randomly
    c)scale it randomly
    d)adjust its color randomly and...
    e)spit a bunch of these out...

    When I first tired it for buildings in a village... I found the "unclump" button will shift them apart with enough clicks (or you can move them by hand...)

    Has anyone else thought about this... or have some other ideas for me to use to see if I can make this make a good map... if I can get it to work I think I'll right a little tut.
    Strange....were there meant to be images with your post? I can't see any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    Strange....were there meant to be images with your post? I can't see any.
    No, I haven't worked out all the process in a fashion that warranted a complete tutorial with pictures post yet...
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    someone with better inkscape skills will probably be able to improve on this... but here's a sample of what I've been playing with so far...

    I'm having lots of grief getting the clone tiles to actually spread the buildings out automatically... but for rotation and getting a bunch on the "page" to start with it's doing well... this is really small, but I was thinking this'd be best with a large map to generate...
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    I take it the shading isn't dynamic as there appears to be reversed shading on two of the complex structures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Immolate View Post
    I take it the shading isn't dynamic as there appears to be reversed shading on two of the complex structures.
    Inkscape supports filter effects, so they could be generated without the shading and have the filter effect add the bevel shadow.

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    Do inkscape filter effects rasterise the object though? (They do in Drawplus). Notsonoble, the problem I see with the clone tile is that it doesn't align the buildings along roads, so you'd have to do that by hand I guess. I do like the rest of it though.

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