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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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viralnexxus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know what? You have saved me so much time and effort with all of your stuff.  I can't thank you enough! Love 
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Alohasoy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. Glad it was helpful.
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Wally-D-Feed Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it resembles the shape of Belarus !
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IsBreaLiomCaife Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, and i was agonizing over a map that was 640x480 :)

Nifty!
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IsBreaLiomCaife Featured By Owner 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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