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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby VicFontaine on Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:46 pm

Several times you say something like, "A window like X will open." I never had that window open. For instance, "Colors-->Hue." Never can get it to open.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby natty dread on Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:01 pm

If you select Hue/Saturation from the Colour menu, a dialog window will open. You need to have a layer selected for the tool to work.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby VicFontaine on Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:10 pm

Either GIMP is beyond me, or I have a different GIMP, or there's some other subtle user error. I'm giving this up. 8 hours and I can't get past the first tutorial lol. Not worth it; I guess I'll just have to enjoy the maps someone else makes. My hand-drawn maps look better than my GIMP attempts! :lol:
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby natty dread on Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:14 pm

You can get the latest version of GIMP at www.gimp.org
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby WILLIAMS5232 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:30 pm

is there a way to key in coordinates instead of trying to click right on them. like can i key in coordinates for a box, then use the stroke selection key to connect the dots?

for example; i want a box that is 40 pixels high and 500 pixels wide. can i just key in the corners and somehow connect them with line instead of tediously trying to click right on the exact points. ( which i find very exasperating )

does this make sense.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby natty dread on Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:03 am

Yes, you in fact can.

Take the rectangle selection tool and make a rectangle somewhere. Now, in the tool options, you can see the values for size and position of the rectangle. You can now edit those values directly and the selection will adjust accordingly.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby WILLIAMS5232 on Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:46 pm

thanks, that is spectacular. i've searched and searched for a way to do this. i just knew there had to be a way.

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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby tkr4lf on Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:21 am

Just wanted to say thanks again for these tutorials, natty.

I've tried my hand at mapmaking, didn't get too far. Firstly, and most importantly, I don't have the patience. Secondly, I don't have the skill (currently). But thanks to your tutorials, I have the basics down and I like to screw around with it and try new things (as you suggest).

Anyway, I wanted to post this for 2 reasons:
1. To show people what you can do once you have the basics down. (Although there are much better examples out there, this one sucks.)
2. I just wanted to share it with someone, since I spent so much time working on it.

Keep in mind, this isn't meant to be a CC map or anything, it's just me screwing around. I found a cool map I wanted to draw, and I came up with this. It's not much, but I think it's an improvement on my previous work. To everybody else, keep practicing with it, I guess you can only get better. Also, to natty, sorry for using your thread to post this, but nowhere else seemed appropriate.

(The picture is quite big, you may need to right click on it and click "view image" to be able to see the whole thing.)

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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby Bruceswar on Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:27 am

very nicely done! Well drawn map. Now just find a better font for the territory names.
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Re: GIMP mapmaking tutorial - Part 1: Basics

Postby natty dread on Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:10 am

Looks really nice! A clean and crisp style. Good job.
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