Illustration Tutorials and Advice Superthread

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

  1. zalezsky A Slavic Swine

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    I've looked into it on google and a few of the inkscape forums. Seems to be an issue with Inkscape and how it "he problem is however in filters, not with the file, actually"
    at least apparently. Can't seem to find a fix. Can you send me the direct file in a rar file? I can try to fiddle with it and see what the issue is. Every time I click on the dropbox it doesn't let me properly access it.
    Thanks!
    I'll try my best to fix it
     
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  2. Nanwe Socioliberal guay

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  3. zalezsky A Slavic Swine

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    looking great so far! and hopefully you don't get the same error again
     
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  4. Reagent Cartography's Reactionary

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    I wish I had saw this earlier.

    I manage to render this (though I had this weird black box thing that wouldn't go away off screen):
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Nanwe Socioliberal guay

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    I think that was the base map for North Korea, perhaps because it's a gif? But so was the one for South Korea... Btw Reagent I'm gonna send you a PM some time soon because I kind of want to go back to the idea of the *Spain that included Portugal, but I might first do like a map of Angola/Mozambique and you're the expert on that :p
     
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  6. Reagent Cartography's Reactionary

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    I've got nothing going on today, so feel free to send it as soon as you can.
     
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  7. Zurirach Adankar Well-Known Member

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    Hello map-makers of AH.com.
    I need advice in creating realistic top-down mountains for fantasy maps in GIMP with a normal Laptop.
     
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  8. Levi Fox Waiting for the apocalypse

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    Help me! Whenever I make a thread, it dies after 3 comments!
     
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  9. Krall The Divine Chorus

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    I don't use GIMP, but I might be able to help. What kind of effect are you trying to achieve? Do you have an example?
     
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  10. Zurirach Adankar Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much.
    My goal is the map of a continent with top down mountains and large forests. Over that, I want to place several layers to show the borders of the continent during different ages.
    I just found this tutorial ( http://www.fantasticmaps.com/2012/01/a-week-of-mapping-tips/ ) and want to try to adapt it to GIMP in the next time.
    I want to post two/three examples (of my own cartography) soon, but I am to tired/stressed at the moment.
     
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  11. Krall The Divine Chorus

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    Ah, I see. I've never drawn mountains that way myself, but I'll try to help where I can! What kind of advice do you need?
     
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  12. Zurirach Adankar Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
    At the moment, I don't have one or another problem. I want to know several techniques and tips to create top-down mountains.
    This is an example of my old simple map making style. Now I want to create in the next time a new better map, and I think, that more realistic top-down mountains could improve it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Levi Fox Waiting for the apocalypse

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    Hi! Levi here.
    I've done hand drawn city maps for a while now. But how do I make a computer map like everyone else does?
    P.S. Who would want to see a thread where I post hand drawn maps?
     
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  14. Petike Sky Pirate Extraordinaire

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  15. Krall The Divine Chorus

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    I'm occasionally present and apparently the new board software means that I can edit that post now, so I'll update it quickly now. :)
     
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  16. joea64 Unabashed Edwardian Era fanboy

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    I'm working on an AH/fantasy project (currently elsewhere on the net though I've discussed it with a few members here) for which I want to make maps of a fictional European/Atlantic country, situated in the eastern Atlantic off the coasts of Great Britain/France, and its capital city. What are the best map-generator sites/software for the purpose? I don't want to get really detailed at this point - major cities/points of interest, geographical features, transport lines, etc. are sufficient.
     
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  17. machinekng We Will Prevail

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  18. Krall The Divine Chorus

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    I've added your tut to the OP. Thanks for posting it! :)
     
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  20. Krall The Divine Chorus

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    Just MS Paint as far as I know. The basemap used for that kind of map is called the Worlda basemap, and I believe there's a bunch of OTL maps in that style on the AH.com wiki. If you need a Worlda basemap of a certain date you can try asking in the OTL maps thread.

    Sorry for missing this post. There are a number of ways of making maps digitally, the most common being using MS Paint, but there are a number of tutorials for more advanced digital cartography in the OP too. :)
     
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