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    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2017
     
    I've found the inspiration and energy to add another map to the Atlas. I am using the same style for this as I did for the Northern Scar for the sake of continuity. Somehow the Herman Wielink style just fits this region.

    I'm still in the early stages of the map and am fiddling with the rivers at the moment. I'll post updates once I've made more progress. Input and advice is always welcome. :)
      ALarius - Southern Scar Region.PNG
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      CommentAuthorDogtag
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2017
     
    I love the inverted bevel effect on the rivers. And, hey, welcome back!  :D
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    Great! Did you use the inverted bevel effect on the coast and the "Scar"?

    What was the settings?
    • CommentAuthorTonnichiwa
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2017
     
    I think it looks fantastic! I don't really have anything that I can pick at because everything is very well done. Great map Shessar. And welcome back :)
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      CommentAuthorDogtag
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2017 edited
     
    Actually, at second glance, it looks like... did you just use a regular bevel on the land and draw those rivers by creating fractal "coastlines" next to each other?! Good gravy, I can't imagine that kind of patience, to get them so close to each other!
    • CommentAuthorFarsightX3
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2017 edited
     
    Hi Shessar! Hope you're doing well! Great job on the depth to your scar and rivers! Looks fantastic!

    Also the greyish rockish texture/terrain that houses the scar is fantastic! Where did you get that from?
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2017
     
    Thanks for the comments and encouragement everyone! I'm still pretty busy, but it is now mostly getting ready for my son's wedding, so it is a happy busy. I am currently hemming my future daughter-in-law's wedding gown. Yards and yards and layers and layers of lacy fluff. It is moments like these that have me questioning my sanity. Hahaha!

    Good to see that you have returned FarsightX3! The texture you are asking about is actually the forest texture from the Wielink style but I have added a Hue/Saturation effect that de-saturates it to grey.

    Dogtag has guessed my river technique. It is just a lighted bevel on the land sheet. I use the Edit function to tweak it into something that looks reasonable and an inside glow to add beach-like highlights. The water is just the ocean background sheet. It takes a little time, but I think it's worth the effort.
      ALarius - Southern Scar Region.PNG
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    Thanks Shessar, I'll have to try it out when I get home today :) Very clever!

    It's funny because on the map I am working on has a zone called the Sundering Lands and that saturated texture will be perfect for it along with the lava! I may have to use your idea Shessar! If you don't mind!
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2017 edited
     
    Posted By: FarsightX3I may have to use your idea Shessar! If you don't mind!


    Yes, you can use the technique! I figure one of the bonuses of the Community Atlas is the sharing of ideas and techniques. :D
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      CommentAuthorDogtag
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2017 edited
     
    Shessar reflected:I figure one of the bonuses of the Community Atlas is the sharing of ideas and techniques. :D

    Agreed! Though I also figure that's one of the purposes of the community forum in general, atlas or no.  :D
    • CommentAuthorjslayton
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
     
    One thing to watch out for when applying color-changing filters is that they won't work as you expect for symbols, but will work just fine with fills. If I recall correctly, there is an extra drawing step that draws symbols again after effects have been applied.
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      CommentAuthorDogtag
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
     
    To add a little to what jslayton said, if you use a drawing tool to draw the fill style, keep an eye on your sheets. Presuming you create a new sheet to hold the color-change filter, you may want to create a custom draw tool and configure it to use the new sheet.

    Otherwise, even if you pick the new sheet before you draw the fill, the drawing tool may still put it on the sheet set for the tool instead. Some draw tools set the sheet to SHEETNAME*. If the current sheet begins with SHEETNAME then it will use the current sheet, otherwise it will draw on the first (top-most) sheet in the sheet list that begins with SHEETNAME.
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    Great map, Shessar!

    I do like the Herman Wielink style, and this is off to a very good start.

    Everyone is right about the rivers and coasts. What you've done there is very effective and creates that seamless look between land and ocean. I also love the scales you're using. The size of the trees and the village of Malva look perfect in comparison to the mountains - given the reference of your scalebar. Have you thought about adjusting the scale of the towers and castle to preserve the perspective?

    Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

    Good job so far!

    DMG
    • CommentAuthorHadrianVI
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2017
     
    Hi Shessar
    Great to see you back. The map looks great so far!
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2017
     
    Thanks Hadrian and DMG!

    @DMG: You are right about some of the symbols being too large (including some of the mountains). I've been meaning to compare symbol scale with the Northern Scar regional map and just kept forgetting. I also want to make sure that the northern and southern parts of the map match up and keep forgetting that too. Thanks for pointing it out to me!
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2017 edited
     
    I've done a few updates but haven't had time for major changes.

    Rivers are finished.
    Mountains have been redrawn to blend better with the Northern Scar map.
    Symbols have been resized to match the Norther Scar map. The blend isn't perfect, but neither is it meant to be. I just wanted some continuity between the two maps.

    I'm much happier with this version but I'm sure I'll continue to tweak the mountains as I progress on other areas of the map.
      ALarius - Southern Scar Region2.PNG
      The Scar.jpg
    • CommentAuthorHadrianVI
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2017
     
    This looks great! The maps match perfectly now!:)
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2017
     
    Perfect match! Welcome back, Shessar!
    • CommentAuthorJensen
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2017
     
    The map looks fantastic!
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2017
     
    Thanks!
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    This is a great looking map, Shessar, especially now you're showing the whole map.

    The rivers work really well with the HW style. Congratulations, dude!

    DMG
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2017
     
    Almost a month later and I've finally had a chance to add a bit more to this map. I'm still not done and have a number of things that need adjusted on it but it's getting closer to being finished.

    Posted By: Dungeon Master GazThis is a great looking map, Shessar, especially now you're showing the whole map.

    The rivers work really well with the HW style. Congratulations, dude!

    DMG


    Thanks DMG! Though I must correct you on one thing. It is dudette, not dude. ;)
      ALarius - Southern Scar Region.PNG
    • CommentAuthorHadrianVI
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2017
     
    Wow, great job, Shessar. This looks beautiful!
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    Really nice! :-)
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    Just beautiful <3
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2017 edited
     
    Thanks for commenting!

    I am less than a month away from my son's wedding so my free time is almost non-existent, but I managed a bit of mapping time last night.

    I think I'm finished with this map. I'll let it sit for a day or two to see if anyone has suggestions or advice before passing it on to Monsen.
      Alarius - Southern Scar Region.PNG
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2017
     
    Its a great map. No suggestions.
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2017
     
    Just great. Can't wait to see more Shessar creations after the wedding.
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2017
     
    Lovely, as usual :)
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2017
     
    Thanks all! I'm glad you like it. :)

    The map has been turned in to Monsen.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2017 edited
     
    Shessars lovely Environs of the Southern Scar map has now been added to the atlas. Thanks for the contribution.
    • CommentAuthorHadrianVI
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2017
     
    This looks amazing. Thanks for the contribution.
    • CommentAuthorScottA
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2017
     
    Just phenomenal! I'm blown away by those rivers. I will have to challenge my perseverance and give that technique a try on my next map.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2017 edited
     
    Thanks Hadrian and Scott!

    @Scott: This style of river doesn't work for every type of map. I wanted the Scar maps to be exaggerated with larger than normal symbols and a very dramatic feel, so this technique worked here. The only way to know is to try it on one small river, then decide if it suits the map. :)