Inkscape and maps.

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by LSCatilina, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    Map-making with Inkscape : Tutorials

    Since many people juge Inkscape as too difficult to be used, i make this short tutorial.

    Please forgive my eventual language problems here.

    Thanks for correction, Nugax and Ares
     
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  2. Nugax talks in diagrams

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    Uh the effects in Inkscape aren't limited at all - they just need a lot more jiggery-pokery than the other programs. Just look at all the stuff on the Filters and Extensions drop downs.
     
  3. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    It was more or less what i meant, but i didn't have the word for. Effects are still more simple to be used with Gimp, in my opinion.
     
  4. Utgard96 basically a load of twaddle about freedom

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    Nice! I've had Inkscape installed for some time, though I've never been able to make heads or tails out of it. This will surely help. So, I hereby bestow upon this tutorial the Medal of Conspicuous Merit of the Aretian Offensive!

    EDIT: You're using a French version of this, aren't you? I've seen several places where the names of things are wrong; this is very confusing. 'Put the text following the line', for example, should be 'Put on Path'. No offence at all, just saying.
     
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  5. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    Yes sorry for that, i would correct it right now.
     
  6. Dangimill Indentured Vexillologist

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    This should be useful. I love Inkscape, and I'm glad that it can be made more usable. Hopefully this will make people stop posting so many .jpgs.
     
  7. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    Today's update :
    Thanks Martin23230 for his useful information. Now, you don't need any longer to annoy yourself with my longer method.
    Tutorial updated.
     
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  8. DireSituation Well-Known Member

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    Excellent tutorials. Can't wait to try them out when I find the time.
     
  9. Martin23230 Flags and Maps and SCIENCE!

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    Very good. I would suggest union-ing the small islands and the mainland of Corsica before doing the outsetting* though, so you don't get the lines overlapping, though doing it after is fine.

    *Dilater is called "Outset" in the English version BTW, though dilating the path sounds much better.

    Anyway, a great tutorial!
     
  10. Canassatego King of Ball

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    How does one makes the arrows, like the ones shown in Eagles and Hawks that display movements of troops?
     
  11. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    Okay. Glad that my maps can inspire somebody else.

     
  12. chris456 Well-Known Member

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    how do you make frontlines then?
     
  13. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    Depends of what you call frontlines.

    It is that?

     
  14. KCammy Banned

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    Brisitsch?

    Excellent rescource, anyway. :D
     
  15. chris456 Well-Known Member

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    yeah that was it thank you now i will make the map
     
  16. Canassatego King of Ball

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    This is really interesting. How do you have an arrow that gets larger as it nears the arrowhead? I am speaking of such arrows as used in Eagles and Hawks, since those seem best for what I am trying to do.
     
  17. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    Ho, you mean in the old maps?
    Well, it's quite simple.
     
  18. Dunois Franco-British Patriot!

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    Great tutorial mon ami, I knew some of the basics of inkscape already but not everything you mentionned here so the nex stuff is welcome!

    It is also possible to draw coastlines in Google Earth and to convert the kmz paths into svg files, but the converter is kind of temperamental and more importantly Mercator based.
     
  19. LSCatilina Vassican Labosiotos Vergagnatos

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    Yeah, very imprecise. But if you just need rough lines, it's okay.

    By the way. Don't use the tool "Vectorize this bitmap" in "Path" for maps. It would convert the file in .svg but the result would be unworkable. Use it only for black and white image you need, or for some simple colored image you want to modify the size.
     
  20. Canassatego King of Ball

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    One more question, and I promise this will be my last one(your maps in Eagles and hawks are just so awesome): How does one make the battle marker(The crossed swords that serve to mark battles).