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Magnatude
June 15th, 2014, 19:36
Hi Guys.
I've noticed a lot of Q&A on the forums about what to use in making maps.

My answer is anything that you feel comfortable using, and is easiest for you!

I had worked in the past as a professional artist (2D/3D) and I'm fortunate to have been able to purchase a lot of Drawing Equipment and Software. So I may as well put my Camera/Video powers to work and show how some of these things work.

There is a lot of software out there, and GM's really don't have the $$ to frivolously spend to "TRY" something and discover that its not to their expectations. In other cases, GM's buy something and don't realize what a gem it is because they don't see all the hidden features to discover. I'll show all kinds of Drawing software in this thread, including software you never really considered.

I'm using this thread to post my collection of Video's as they come out, as well as any Questions you may have or suggestions on what YOU might be interested in seeing "something" made (Post requests in this Thread).

Please do not post, "This software is better than that software" posts! I use everything I can, and show you how I use it.

Magnatude
June 15th, 2014, 19:37
Starting a Basic World: Fractal Mapper

http://youtu.be/ssUMBR3KDME

Magnatude
June 19th, 2014, 19:39
Starting a Basic Dungeon: Fractal Mapper

http://youtu.be/zucMFRAD7kY

Magnatude
June 19th, 2014, 21:58
Finally a video on making symbols in Fractal mapper (Requested)

http://youtu.be/RKUgCoULQ1Y

I'll move on to some other software from here, I've also created a live event on mapping for Saturday June 21 (8pm-10pm Pacific time)
on Youtube: LIVE Dungeon-Mash (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpYVRP24a4Y) where I will create "live" as you watch my desktop.

Mask_of_winter
June 19th, 2014, 22:30
Finally a video on making symbols in Fractal mapper (Requested)

http://youtu.be/RKUgCoULQ1Y

I'll move on to some other software from here, I've also created a live event on mapping for Saturday June 21 (8pm-10pm Pacific time)
on Youtube: LIVE Dungeon-Mash (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpYVRP24a4Y) where I will create "live" as you watch my desktop.

What kind of map will you be creating? campaign or battlemap? Using Fractal mapper? I'm personally interested in Photoshop as a tool for map making to create modern/sci-fi maps.

This time slot works for me and if I don't forget I'm likely to attend. Thanks for doing this! GM's in FG need to develop many skills and the map skill is probably the most useful one.

Magnatude
June 19th, 2014, 22:48
Thanks Mask...
I dunno... I'll leave that up to whomever shows up.

If there is no takers, I just might do a Space station or something different... I might start on one software and jump into a few more, depends on what pops into my head.

seycyrus
June 19th, 2014, 22:55
This is pretty awesome of you to take the time to do!

gmkieran
June 20th, 2014, 13:56
Excellent contribution to the community, thank you! On the topic of unexpected map-making software, I've found Sketchup to be most useful to me as someone who has zero artistic ability and finds the UI for GIMP/Photoshop and similarly robust art programs painful. Will look forward to seeing this post grow and develop.

Cheers!
GMK

Magnatude
June 20th, 2014, 19:32
Had a request to show how exporting was done... (and it is tricky if you don't know this)
Includes some simple things you can do in Photoshop layers as well.


http://youtu.be/_9_828RZcSw

Thanks for the Rep+'s and the support guys.
I'll keep on churning this out whenever I can.

Mask_of_winter
June 22nd, 2014, 05:31
Thanks for taking the time to do this on youtube man!

Magnatude
June 22nd, 2014, 06:04
Thanks to those who showed up to watch the live version. For some strange reason (might be WinXP related), Google hangout install doesn't want to work for my desktop comp. So I'm going to continue using my laptop (win7) which does work. We will see how laggy it gets by the end on the first hour. That hour and a half had my comp dragging its but.
For those who are curious, I started out making symbols for a project, and then went with the live suggestion to make a Lich Throne dungeon....
So I ended with the layout in Fractal mapper, and ready to export the base-project into Photoshop (or anything suggested) to start building on it freehand.


http://youtu.be/SpYVRP24a4Y
Dungeon Mash I (Part 2 this weekend)

Magnatude
June 27th, 2014, 17:47
Although relating more for Real Tabletop maps, it does get into methods of creating a "style".
This was for a member of the Library of Gaming maps Google community.
It also gets into making a world map and creating Zoomed-in sections.
I'm using Open Canvas in a not-so-digital way to simulate drawing on paper. It was the best way to show the principle methods without my hand in the way of the camera.

Its a long video with 3 parts.
Part 2: 12:50
Part 3: 22:25


http://youtu.be/sBXZa6rkRDY