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    Awesome tutorials for a novice like me. Many thanks!

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    Hello, I am having a lot of trouble when doing steps 1.6 - 1.8 on the map coloring part of the tutorials. Before the bluring part of those steps my map looks like: [Award Winner] Making maps in Photoshop-3jabyvt.png
    after i apply a guasion blur (i use this because it does not specify which blue to use) it looks like this: [Award Winner] Making maps in Photoshop-klaveef.png

    Please help ! the tutorial looks great but i can't make my map look that good

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    Hi there. This is not my software, so I'm afraid I can't tell you *precisely* where you went wrong... however, I did notice several things right away that will probably help quite a bit.

    1) Your colors are off. First of all, the colors are too bright, and unnatural. The shades you chose to highlight certain areas are too different from the base color. Finally, In 1.7 where it says:
    Create a new layer, pick another colour and draw in areas where you want it to change. don't worry about
    how it looks just now. you can be quite sketchy about it. Make sure you have the LAND areas selected only.
    You can create a new layer for every colour you use if you want to go back over areas and redo.
    I'm fairly certain this is referring to new layers for *piling up* your colors.

    EXAMPLE:

    [Award Winner] Making maps in Photoshop-layers.jpg

    (Don't worry about the buttons, it's a different program... just look at the main image, and the layers.)

    These colors won't blend as well as others, but I wanted to hurry, and I wanted enough contrast for you to see what I was doing.

    This doesn't have any kind of blur yet, it's just color painted on different layers.

    Now:

    2) In the tutorial it specifically mentions a merged layer. If you don't want to risk messing up your land shapes, I'd make a COPY of each layer before continuing.

    BUT what you really need is one layer that has ALL of your colors on it. THUS:

    [Award Winner] Making maps in Photoshop-layers.jpg

    On YOUR project, you'll still have a lot of other layers. I'm not doing anything else with this, so I don't really need them, and made no copies. What you DO need is one layer with ALL of your colors on it.

    3) Finally, I *believe* the "blur" mentioned was a TOOL, not an effect. Like your paintbrush.

    [Award Winner] Making maps in Photoshop-layers.jpg

    I don't know which is the "blur" tool on your software, but it should tell you. *I* am using "smudge" (the pointing finger) in this image:

    [Award Winner] Making maps in Photoshop-layers.jpg

    And "Blur" in this one (and after a quick google search I believe it might have something to do with the tiny arrow on the button for your smudge tool):

    [Award Winner] Making maps in Photoshop-layers.jpg

    Finally, the same step mentions darkening the outline of your landmasses which will also help achieve the effect in the tutorial.

    Hope this helps a bit. Best of Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jalyha View Post
    Hi there. This is not my software, so I'm afraid I can't tell you *precisely* where you went wrong... however, I did notice several things right away that will probably help quite a bit.
    ....
    I appreciate your help, however the effect you achieved above is not nearly as clean and good looking as the one in the tutorial...

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    You're welcome.

    and.. No, it isn't. I took 30 seconds to slap some color on a canvas so you could see the METHOD described in the tutorial. I'm not working on anything I want to utilize that for at the moment, so I didn't follow any of the other steps in the tutorial. I did exactly (and only) what you see in that post... the steps that you specifically asked about. I also chose colors which would contrast, so you could see what was in each layer.

    The method in the tutorial works. You've seen that in the tutorial. I was simply clarifying where you went wrong in the steps you indicated. This will fix your problem if you 1) Take your time and 2) Use more complimentary colors.... and maybe 3) Have the appropriate program, since I did not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jalyha View Post
    You're welcome.

    and.. No, it isn't. I took 30 seconds to slap some color on a canvas so you could see the METHOD described in the tutorial. I'm not working on anything I want to utilize that for at the moment, so I didn't follow any of the other steps in the tutorial. I did exactly (and only) what you see in that post... the steps that you specifically asked about. I also chose colors which would contrast, so you could see what was in each layer.

    The method in the tutorial works. You've seen that in the tutorial. I was simply clarifying where you went wrong in the steps you indicated. This will fix your problem if you 1) Take your time and 2) Use more complimentary colors.... and maybe 3) Have the appropriate program, since I did not.
    still that does not achieve the blurring affect that was like the one in the tutorial. Even after an hour of going at it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreed58 View Post
    still that does not achieve the blurring affect that was like the one in the tutorial. Even after an hour of going at it...
    Are you using a mouse or tablet?

    Also, be sure to check the strength of the blur--bigger number = more blur, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arishok View Post
    Are you using a mouse or tablet?

    Also, be sure to check the strength of the blur--bigger number = more blur, etc.
    I am using a mouse. Messed around with that still no change really.

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