Illustration Tutorials and Advice Superthread

Thanks for the advice, I'll try it like that then! I'm doing everything else right, so it must be the layers.
I've just checked this out and looks like all the functions work perfect with the paths being placed in different layers, so I doubt it interferes.
I just tried it quickly myself and it does seem like it works fine with the two shapes on different layers. So, uh, I have no idea what's going wrong.

Any chance you could upload the SVG you're working on, CtrlAltHistory?
 
I just tried it quickly myself and it does seem like it works fine with the two shapes on different layers. So, uh, I have no idea what's going wrong.

Any chance you could upload the SVG you're working on, CtrlAltHistory?
No clue how to upload an SVG. They don't show up when using the Upload a File button, and they don't have a URL, so....
 
Thanks! Here is is, @Krall : http://svgshare.com/i/2XU.svg That's a direct link, I don't know if you can download it from there.
'One of the objects is not a path, cannot perform boolean operation'. Try ungrouping objects that your landmass consist of and then combine them into one path by pressing Ctrl+K or the Combine button in the Path submenu. This worked for me.

UPD. And don't forget to put the paths in the right order—the path that is being modified must go under the second one. So you can simply select the landmass, press Ctrl+C for copying it, then select the object that is supposed to become a nation, press Ctrl+Shift+V to paste the copy landmass into the same layer with it (now it is under the copy of landmass), then select the nation one more time and finally press Ctrl+Shift+8 to intersect your paths.
 
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'One of the objects is not a path, cannot perform boolean operation'. Try ungrouping objects that your landmass consist of and then combine them into one path by pressing Ctrl+K or the Combine button in the Path submenu. This worked for me.

UPD. And don't forget to put the paths in the right order—the path that is being modified must go under the second one. So you can simply select the landmass, press Ctrl+C for copying it, then select the object that is supposed to become a nation, press Ctrl+Shift+V to paste the copy landmass into the same layer with it (now it is under the copy of landmass), then select the nation one more time and finally press Ctrl+Shift+8 to intersect your paths.
Thanks so much! You've been a big help. :)
 
Sorry,any general advice on Paint.NET?Esp. coloring state borders.
I'm afraid I mostly use Paint.NET for adding some effects that aren't possible or easy in Inkscape, so I don't have any general advice for using it. If you have a specific problem or effect you're trying to achieve though I can try and figure it out for you, if you like. :)
 
This seemed the best thread to post my question, how do people create the annotations and keys for their maps that end up looking so, organized. All my attempts usually end up producing far less pretty results. Is there some kind of program I should be using besides GIMP or Microsoft Paint for the purpose?
 
This seemed the best thread to post my question, how do people create the annotations and keys for their maps that end up looking so, organized. All my attempts usually end up producing far less pretty results. Is there some kind of program I should be using besides GIMP or Microsoft Paint for the purpose?
Can you point to any examples of the kind of thing you're talking about?
 
The annotations and color keys used in worlda maps like those made by B_Munro or rvbomally is what I was thinking of.
 
@Krall

I made a new mini tutorial for topo maps (Adobe Illustrator), and I saw my other Tuts I posted some months ago aren´t in the first comment, maybe u want to update it?

Map Tut Adobe Illustrator:


Map Tut Photoshop:


Topo Map TUt (Adobe Illustrator):


Thx mate!
 
Im wondering how to add flags that perfectly occupy the corner of maps, like the one below as an example.

 
Im wondering how to add flags that perfectly occupy the corner of maps, like the one below as an example.


Everything advised assuming you're using GIMP or a similar tool.

It looks like they had a large square image already that fit in the area - that you would either have to create yourself or modify from another file. So make a large image, rectangular, that fits in that area, roughly, where you want it, and put it on one layer. Then (if you're using GIMP, at least), you could go to your map layer and select the corner region. If it's a QBAM, then the corner is all one color, so just use the color select tool (Shift+O) or the Fuzzy Select Tool (U). You have to be careful here to make sure your threshold is low enough. This shouldn't be a problem with a QBAM map, but on other situations where you have similar colors, this is a problem. While using either of the tools, click and hold on the region you want to select and drag up. This will reduce the threshold (dragging down increases it). Or, in the tool options window, you can manually reduce the amount of Threshold. If you want a selection involving only the shade you are selecting, set the threshold to zero.

Note too that you can add to a selection by holding shift while using any selection tool.

Once the selection is made, there are two more steps. We currently have the outside border where the flag will go selected. Next, hit Ctrl+I or go into the selection menu to invert the selection - this is to select everything but the region the flag is being put in. Now, here is the optional part: if you desire for there to be a one pixel border, as shown above, go into the selection panel and select Grow Selection, and increase it by 1 pixel. Alternatively, you could have done this before inverting the selection, which would require Shrinking the selection by one instead. But, now that you have your selection, return to the flag layer and select the eraser tool. Make it nice and large, and then erase everything in your selection, which are all parts of the flag that are not in the corner.
 
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