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How to Make a Map by IsBreaLiomCaife How to Make a Map by IsBreaLiomCaife
Just a tutorial on how to make a map. Yes, making a map that's only 200x150 pixels for the purposes of the tutorial was rather agonizing.

The brushes are by ~StarRaven and ~BohemianResources
The font is "Seafaring"
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:iconalohasoy:
Just wanted to say, thanks so much for this tutorial! Very clear & informative. I just finished making my first map with it!
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IsBreaLiomCaife Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. Glad it was helpful.
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Wally-D-Feed Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could easily replace Auto-Realm by Inkscape which is an extremely potent open source Vector-Editor (free) ... with Inkscape you could even save the image as (with any resolution) PNG instead of making a screenshot... that's how I do it...
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IsBreaLiomCaife Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually like Auto-Realm because of the fractal line tools. I can't make a realistic looking border or coast without them; it just ends up too logical and not randomized enough if I try to draw freehand.

I also hate working with vectors. I was formally trained in Photoshop, Page Maker, and Illustrator, but I could never stand working with vectors. I much prefer pixels, especially because I don't need to increase sizes very often. I pick my size and stick with it, so resolution issues aren't a problem.

The tutorial was also made for a friend from another site who has Auto-Realm and makes maps for RPGs. I showed her one of my maps, and she had some interest in it, so I figured I'd make a tutorial for her so I could be sure at least one person would have a use for it.
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Wally-D-Feed Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. Nonetheless there are different path-effect tools that can help generating random coastlines in Inkscape ... but still this depends on personal preference.
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VinceITUSA Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it resembles the shape of Belarus !
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IsBreaLiomCaife Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not intentional. It's full size at 200x150 px. At that size, everything looks the same to me. I'm used to working with a much larger (500x500 px at least) image.
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coyotemax Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, and i was agonizing over a map that was 640x480 :)

Nifty!
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IsBreaLiomCaife Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's about what I'm used to doing. I'm used to working at 500x500 or higher. I just needed something small enough to show the entire map in one screencap without being zoomed out.
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calthyechild Sep 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You made a 200x100 pixel map? XDXD I just make big things and resize them for tutorials!

Nice alternate method of map assembly. I used to use AutoRealm before I got better with Photoshop, it is a great program for getting started into map making. I never thought of using Multiply over white to make the original parchment texture show, that shows how dense I am... I always use variations over overlay, etc. ^__^
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