GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby natty dread on Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:06 am

koontz1973 wrote:2 questions.
Can text be circular? I mean as if it was written going around the outside of a circle.

And

When is the next part coming out? This has been one of the best things I have found on the site. Great job.


You need to first create the text. Then draw a path in the shape you want the text to follow, then select that path as active path. Go back to the text layer, click Text along path and a new path is created that is shaped like the text. You then select that path, select "path to selection" and fill the selection.

Next part comes out whenever I have the time to work on it.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby koontz1973 on Sun May 01, 2011 12:09 am

Thanks, great job and take your time.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby RjBeals on Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:16 pm

A for effort.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby natty dread on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:53 am

RjBeals wrote:A for effort.


What does that mean... for effort? You mean the tutorial sucks but you give me an A for all the work I've done for it? :lol:
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby RjBeals on Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:37 pm

honestly, I don't use gimp, but the techniques you use look very inefficient. But you put a lot of effort into documenting some steps. More than most people do.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby natty dread on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:45 pm

RjBeals wrote:honestly, I don't use gimp, but the techniques you use look very inefficient. But you put a lot of effort into documenting some steps. More than most people do.


Beals, the tutorial is meant for people who have no experience working with GIMP. It basically explains the basics of mapmaking. It's not something that gives you fancy techniques, or how to create a complete CC map. It's not what it's for... it's just something that helps you get started when you have no experience.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby RjBeals on Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:20 am

yeah, but why not just use the brush tool to make borders instead of stroking a path?
And you really have to install 3rd party scripts to stroke a text layer? Or add a drop shadow?
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby DiM on Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:25 am

RjBeals wrote:yeah, but why not just use the brush tool to make borders instead of stroking a path?


if you have a medical condition that makes your hands really shaky then the path tool is better.

otherwise all borders can be freehanded with a 2px brush. zoom in 400% if you want more accuracy.
it's much faster and much easier.
i managed to do borders on my laptop using just the trackpad so it's possible to freehand even without a tablet or a mouse.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby natty dread on Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:42 am

RjBeals wrote:yeah, but why not just use the brush tool to make borders instead of stroking a path?
And you really have to install 3rd party scripts to stroke a text layer? Or add a drop shadow?


No, you don't have to use 3rd party scripts to do those things. They get done quicker if you do, but you can do them manually. My tutorial even explains how to create drop shadows manually.

As for drawing borders with the brush tool... ever try drawing with a mouse? The lines get all ugly and choppy. With stroked paths, you get clean, nice lines.

DiM wrote:i managed to do borders on my laptop using just the trackpad so it's possible to freehand even without a tablet or a mouse.


Well I managed to draw borders by farting on my monitor and they just appeared there. It's beside the point though...

Also, you guys should take in account that Photoshop probably has a more sophisticated brush engine than what GIMP currently has. The next version of GIMP is supposed to have an improved brush engine, along with other cool features, but it isn't coming out until november or so...
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby DiM on Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:55 am

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DiM wrote:i managed to do borders on my laptop using just the trackpad so it's possible to freehand even without a tablet or a mouse.


Well I managed to draw borders by farting on my monitor and they just appeared there. It's beside the point though...


you're just being absurd, stubborn and unnecessarily defensive.

zoom in to whatever level you feel comfortable with and you won't get any "ugly and choppy" lines regardless of how poor you mouse is or how much your hand wobbles.

doing it with stroked paths takes much more time, it much more complicated and it has no visible improvement over the freehand brush.

i just looked at your part 1 tutorial. most of the things you do seem unnecessarily complicated and take more time than some of my methods.
it doesn't mean they are wrong it's just that you need to accept there might be other solutions to the same problem.

you can draw your borders with stroked paths, rj can draw his with a simple brush, i could do mine with god knows what weird method like making a black layer mask and then deleting various parts. i bet there are tens of methods of obtaining identical borders. if the end results are identical then it's probably best to go for the easiest method.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby natty dread on Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:55 am

Regardless, it's good for new mapmakers to learn how to use paths.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby natty dread on Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:57 am

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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby DiM on Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:16 am

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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby natty dread on Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:24 am

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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 2a

Postby DiM on Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:27 am

in your first tutorial you use the lasso tool to trace and create the playable area.

i use something completely different and imho much easier.

take the map of finland
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what i do is this:
1. make a new layer above the one of the finland map
2. take a hard 2px brush
3. zoom in until you're comfortable - using alt+mouse wheel you can dynamically zoom in/out depending on how intricate the borders are
4. make the finland map layer at 70% opacity (optional)
5. start drawing on top of the borders.
it will look like this:
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now you have a new layer with a nice clean 2px border of a terit.
time to fill that terit with something
1. create a new layer.
2. ctrl+click on the border layer image to select the outline
3. select the magic wand tool and click anywhere inside that terit
4. expand the selection by 2px
5. using the bucket fill the selection with whatever colour you like.
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move the border layer on top of the coloured filled layer and it's done.
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add texture a 1px bevel and a drop shadow and your continent is ready.
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again, i'm not saying your methods are wrong but they need more work and a new user is more prone to get something wrong with your method.

i'm pretty sure rj's method will probably be different than mine or your and if we ask 10 more map makers we'll probably get 10 more methods even if they're just slightly different.
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