Illustration Tutorials and Advice Superthread

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Krall, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Imperator Frank Tellurian Worldbuilder

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    If you ever wanted to map the poles without distortion, then later make the map worlda, Equirectangular or some other projection; I have some good news for you. Using Gprojector, I've found a pretty easy way of mapping poles and the edges of the map with less distortion by using the projection "Equirectangular Oblique", and moving either pole you plan to draw to the center of the map (it helps having the lat/long lines with 45 degree intervals, this makes a large line around the pole). Simply draw what you want inside the line, then take that map through Gprojector (dont forget to remove the border Gprojector adds to the map, this will mess everything up if you dont!) and move it back to the pole with the previous method. It's probably best to combine images for the two poles so they dont get too distorted. You can also put the "Pacific" side of the map and move it to the center and edit it easily, but that's a given with Gprojector.
     
  2. Imperator Frank Tellurian Worldbuilder

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    An example of what you'd make from Gprojetor. The circle in the middle is the North Pole. The circle would normally be a flat line about a quarter of the way up the map.
    example.png
     
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  3. hugh lupus Known to some....thankfully

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    I'm sorry to bother you guys but I badly need some advice.
    Firstly I would say I know NOTHING about computers I did not grow up with them and jargon and code words will only confuse me so if you would please bear that in mind?
    I have been writing this
    https://www.alternatehistory.com/fo...ot-a-slightly-different-world-war-two.356466/
    For the past few years
    And it has been pointed out to me that the timeline would benefit from a few maps
    My problem is that I do not know how to do this
    MS paint was recommended but it will not download onto my computer and youtube video tutorials seem to be aimed at 15 year old's and have music that stops me from hearing what is said
    What I would like to do is just go onto google images/maps and then draw a few lines and words ,nothing too dramatic.
    Is there a simple way of doing this that does not involve jargon and does allow my computer which does not run on Microsoft 10 to accept it?
    Thanks
    Hugh
     
  4. damein fisher This bad boy can fit so many maps in it

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    I'm sorry, but if MSPaint is too complicated for you, there aren't many better tools.
     
  5. Krall The Divine Chorus

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    This is the advice thread, and that is the opposite of advice.

    Do you know what operating system your computer's running? You said it's not Microsoft Windows 10, but is it another version of Windows? If so, then MS Paint should already be installed - it comes with all Windows operating systems.
     
  6. hugh lupus Known to some....thankfully

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    Apparently 8.1?
    I managed to find paint!
    Eventually.
    It was well hidden on a page I did not know existed
    So I snipped Google maps and drew on it for hours and saved it
    But I saved it wrong
    And it would not load as I should have saved it as a thing called a jpeg
    So I started again and this time it worked but came out as little pictures which you have to click on
    I left it as that because that was the result of over a days effort
    I will try and do better next time
     
  7. Krall The Divine Chorus

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    I'm glad you found Paint, though I'm confused by the issues you had saving it. I would advise you to save images as PNG files instead of jpegs, though, as PNGs maintain the image quality better.
     
  8. merkmuds Singularitarian/Posthumanist/Transhumanist

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    Is there anyway to change the output folder of paint.net? Currently it tries to install the x64 msi to my AppData folder in my C:\ drive. Problem is, there is limited space in my C:// drive, so paint.net can't install (not sure why C:\ drive is full, i have not installed anything).

    Output folder: C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\PdnSetup Extract: PaintDotNet_x86.msi... 100%

    ^Above is the final line before the error.
     
  9. damein fisher This bad boy can fit so many maps in it

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    hmm, well I don't exactly know if you can select a different output, maybe try moving something from your C:// to a different drive to free up room, then adjust them as you see fit?
     
  10. ETGalaxy Long live the King of America!

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    I use Pixlr, which is a free website. It's not great for complicated maps but it's perfectly compatible with Worlda. It's also pretty simple, just use the one pixel paint brush to draw borders. If you do plan to use this and need help just ask me. :)
     
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  11. hugh lupus Known to some....thankfully

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    Thank you I will look it up over the weekend
     
  12. Imperator Frank Tellurian Worldbuilder

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  13. Disdurer If specified, this will replace the title tha-

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    Any recommendations for what to use to make a family tree? Not an actual persons family tree, by the way.
     
  14. Ernak Homo Sapiens Novi

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    I need help with a worldA map and I dont know how to create the borders for far off nations

    The yellow nation is where I'm struggling at. I'm trying to figure out on how to make topographically correct borders, which are vertical. Also in inkscape, should the desired map be a root?
     

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  15. Nanwe Left-Macronista

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    Hey guys!

    Little question. I just bought my first MacBook and so I'm very new to Apple and Mac OS in general, and I'm having trouble with Inkscape. Is there a way to install it or open it? (I can't seem to be able to) Or a Mac OS equivalent to Inkscape that is free?

    Thanks!
     
  16. Yanranay Baron of Leuk

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    I think you need to install xQuartz first to run it if you haven't done that already.
     
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  17. damein fisher This bad boy can fit so many maps in it

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    Are there any good guides on doing rivers in Paint.net?
     
  18. Emperor Martin Well-Known Member

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    Hope this is the right place to share this.

    IbisPaintX – A fairly decent app for drawing and editing images for Android. I'm not sure if it's available for iOS, but I felt the lack of options for mobile users needed to be addressed.
     
  19. Viralworld Éirí Amach an Ghealach

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    ArtStudio is a suitable option for iPhone/iPad (I use the older version available, not the newer release.)

    It allows editing of pixels so you can make WorldA and QBAM maps on it. Quite useful when you want to scratch the mapping itch but don’t have access to a computer.
     
  20. Prof_Chemical Well-Known Member

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    so i downloaded some terrain i want to draw over, only problem is i cant figure out how to open it? anyone want to give me a hand? ive got gis software that says its compatible with the esri file types here but i think it needs it as one file not a million :winkytongue:! heres the source https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/ they have good historical maps under the leisure tab but i need bigboy hieght data for... reasons >_>