Illustration Tutorials and Advice Superthread

Thanks guys! So I've been drawing the rivers in a different file. i also think I found the reason for the lag, I was playing with the glow of the map's outline and then forgot to remove, but I didn't realise, which I suppose caused the lag, silly me :p
 
No, but it's quite simple.
All you need is circle tool and lines, depending on the style you want to do. Have you a particular problem for making it?
 
No, but it's quite simple.
All you need is circle tool and lines, depending on the style you want to do. Have you a particular problem for making it?

I am doubting which editor I should use. I think I prefer Inkscape (but that's mostly because I dont understand the other programs), do you think that is a good choice?
 
I am doubting which editor I should use. I think I prefer Inkscape (but that's mostly because I dont understand the other programs), do you think that is a good choice?

See for yourself.
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I am doubting which editor I should use. I think I prefer Inkscape (but that's mostly because I dont understand the other programs), do you think that is a good choice?

Probably. It's simple enough to be used for relativly sober maps (metro maps being usually red dots and lines on a white background, regardless of the finition and decorum put afterwards)
 

Krall

Banned
Is there any good tutorial out there on how to make a metro (or any public transport system) map?
I am doubting which editor I should use. I think I prefer Inkscape (but that's mostly because I dont understand the other programs), do you think that is a good choice?

I don't know how I continue to forget about this thread for weeks and miss posts in it, so sorry for the very late reply. :eek:

But yes, I would recommend Inkscape - I've found it easy to use and understand, especially since it includes nigh-exhaustive, interactive tutorials, and I think vector graphics would work very well for a metro map. Also, as it's the main program I'm well-versed in, I can provide help and advice if you get stuck or need to know how to do a certain thing. If you do end up using Inkscape, feel free to PM me if you have a problem with it. :)
 

Krall

Banned
I have a question: My Inkscape just fails to open this SVG map of Berlin that I'd like to cannibalize whereas it's no problem to watch it in Internet Explorer. What's wrong?

Well, I've no idea what's wrong - it won't open normally in Inkscape for me either - but I've figured out a work-around.

Instead of opening the file by clicking on the file itself, open Inkscape then go to File > Open, navigate to the file and open it from there. That should open it (it might take a while, as it's a very large and detailed map) and if you save it as a separate file under a different name then that new file should open normally.

Let me know if that works or not. :)
 

Krall

Banned
Negative. I already tried that.

Strange, going into Inkscape and opening it through File > Open works for me. Just renaming the file doesn't work - but it does mean that Inkscape gives me an actual error message when I try to open it (something about failing to allocate a certain number of bytes, which suggests it's some sort of memory issue), but that's not really helpful as I can't find any solutions to that error online.

Hmm, when I opened the file in Inkscape and saved it without any changes, it appeared to increase in file size. I'm guessing opening it in Inkscape changed the file in some way, which means it can now be opened in Inkscape normally - if I'm right, then a version of the file that I've already successfully opened should work for you.

This is a version of the file that I've already successfully opened - try downloading and see if it opens properly for you too.
 

Krall

Banned
Is this thread still active?

Anyways Im wondering how to make mountain ranges with inkscape?

This thread isn't active, but it's stickied so it's fine to post in it whenever (though I keep forgetting about it, hence my late reply :eek: ).

What do you mean by making mountain ranges? I mean, obviously you mean on a map, but do you mean something like this, or something like this?
 

Orsino

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Could anyone please give me some advice on how to shrink down maps in MS Paint without obliterating one pixel thick lines/distorting the image? The Long Build: English City Game is once again reaching the point where I will need to expand the map and reduce the scale and in the past I've simply shrunk the image down and manually gone through replacing single pixel lines and fixing distortion. But the map is now so busy that undoing all the distortion resulting from shrinking it down is going to be a hell of a job.

Help me out map-makers, is there an easier way to do this?
 

Krall

Banned
Could anyone please give me some advice on how to shrink down maps in MS Paint without obliterating one pixel thick lines/distorting the image? The Long Build: English City Game is once again reaching the point where I will need to expand the map and reduce the scale and in the past I've simply shrunk the image down and manually gone through replacing single pixel lines and fixing distortion. But the map is now so busy that undoing all the distortion resulting from shrinking it down is going to be a hell of a job.

Help me out map-makers, is there an easier way to do this?

I'm afraid that such a feature doesn't seem to exist. Admittedly I'm not intimately familiar with MS Paint, but I can't think of any way you would do that with raster graphics.

Perhaps you could trace the image in a vector graphics drawing program, then make the vector graphics image smaller, and export it as a PNG image file? That might be just as much work as replacing all the pixels by hand, though.
 
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