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    Bob Villa meets fantasy cartography

    Maybe if I turn down the bevel, it might help to make them less "polished rock" look.

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    I do two things to try to ameliorate that look:
    1. change the white highlight mode to soft light and lower the opacity if need be or
    2. lower the depth of the bevel, thus reducing the effect of both highlight and shadow.
    3. you could also just change the colors of the highlight and shadow to something else but i only do that for forests
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    It never occured to me to change the blend layer of the white highlight, I always change the colour of it to a slightly lighter shade of the base colour, always, no matter what I'm bevelling it looks ten times better than the white version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redstar View Post
    Bob Villa meets fantasy cartography

    Great, all we need now are him hosting episodes of "This Old Map" on PBS.

    Which will then sprout episodes of "The New Yankee Cartographer Shop" with Norm Abrams
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    @Steel General - Ha! This old map would rock

    @Ascension - Thanks for the tip. I altered the highligh mode, and I think it brings it down a notch. I'm hesitant to make it too light, as I do want the buildings to "pop". What do you think?

    Changes:
    - Most of them are subtle - added fog, added name plate (might tweak this some), tweaked building highlights, tweaked mountains (again), added some special landmarks, tried to add more "grunge" to city centers.

    Almost there... must... stop... tweaking...
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    Great update, looking much better
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    Looking great Redstar! My new copy of photoshop hasn't arrived yet, I'm going to make a start on mine from scratch with Serif photoplus and I'll see how I go.

    Thanks for showing the way!

    Cheers

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    I'd say put a really nice frame on it and hang it in a gallery.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
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