Gimp or Photoshop as a follow-up? or not needed? Annual OSR style
I realize I'm probably using the tip of the iceberg with CC3+ and I need to be more patient and really delve into the program...Every time I try it feels like a few hours lost with nothing gained. Frustration!
I usually do black and white maps--the Annual OSR style map system. Some people I have talked too say they have to 'clean up' the map using GIMP or Photoshop or something. This completely frustrates me as I would rather learn one program to be able to 'clean' up maps or whatever. I have only experimented a little with the layers/sheet effects. I thought it wasn't really needed for black and white. But someone 'cleaned up' one of my maps and made it look excellent (using GIMP). Things just popped better and was more clear. I figure there must be a way to do that with the CC3+ program....do I just need to get some patience and figure out the sheet effects? If so, what are some good sheet effects people use? OR do I have to learn a second program to make awesome maps?! (no disrespect to CC3+ as I think its a great program).
It's also a challenge, and I think I'm semi-successful, but is there a bullet point list of getting maps into a jpg that are 300 dpi or better? I've messed around with it with the advanced functions and the grid partially disappears or is jacked up, or some of the map images (cliffs) are blurry. I'm tired of battling this...how can I make my maps less blurry and look awesome when I publish them for an adventure? I need 300 dpi..how??!! Why is it such a pain? Can anyone explain it like they would to a child?