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    • CommentAuthorKenG
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2013 edited
     
    Here is a Pirate map I recently drew up. I feel like it is missing something but I can't put my finger on it so I'm looking for some help.

    Thanks,

    Ken
      Treasure-2.JPG
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    I think a pirate map should go straight to the point so I don't see anything missing : It really feels like a swashbuckler's prop.
    Overstriking the name of the original owner is funny and also very romantic-pirate-like.

    Perhaps you could center the landmass by considering the low importance of the southern islands (ie move the main island a bit downward and a little bit to the left?).
    The red ink's blur makes it difficult to read, maybe at full scale it doesn't show that much?
    • CommentAuthorDogtag
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2013
     
    Yeah, I dunno. I like it as it is. I, too, like the struck out name. And I also really like the instructions near the bottom. I suppose you could maybe add a few waves to the water if you wanted. But I think it looks terrific!

    Out of curiosity, is there any way to change the fonts used for the compass and the scale? They seem rather modern and out of place.

    ~Dogtag
    • CommentAuthorKenG
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2013
     
    Thanks guys
    The compass is a letter matching the original title of the map with a sword symbol over it.
    The scale is from the treasure style" I could chage it and draw it over but I can't change the font directly.but I see what you mean maybe a photoshop is needed.
    Thanks
  2.  
    Posted By: KenGbut I can't change the font directly

    You just need to explode the symbol, then you can edit the text.
    Alternatively use the symbol manager to edit the symbol.
    • CommentAuthorKenG
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2013 edited
     
    Ok some tweaks have been done, let me know if I went too far..

    Thanks,

    Ken
      Treasure-4.JPG
    • CommentAuthorHenrie61
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
     
    I like it.
    Good map for a "find the treasure" adventure.
  3.  
    A small detail perhaps, the Jester might not be too serious but I don't think he'll write the coordinates over an insignifiant island (bottom left) :=)
    • CommentAuthorDogtag
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
     
    This looks really nice, like something I'd expect from a commercial product.

    Bravo!
    ~Dogtag
    • CommentAuthorKenG
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
     
    Thanks for the kind words and positive feedback.
    I've modified the coordinates, (and who is to say that the little island is really insignificant???) did you do a search on those coordinates to see what is really there?? I didn't but it might be interesting to see lol

    Ken
      Treasure-5.JPG
    • CommentAuthorHenrie61
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2013
     
    The coordinates put you somewhere in the middle of India (used zeroes for the seconds).
    • CommentAuthorBryan
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2013
     
    Dig it....big fan of parchment maps
    I also do the parchment fill with landmasses which I think creates a new effect

    My one suggestion would be to maybe make the dotted line and the horizontal alignment of Smuggler's Den text to look a bit less prefect if the intent is for it to appear hand drawn at a later time....but really those are minor things.
    • CommentAuthorMoskva
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2013 edited
     
    Great map KenG. I love how the background parchment gets lighter towards the middle, how did you do this? Several layers of glow?