08 Feb 2013
After some really hard work I’m done with converting all my area maps into one Illustrator file. In reality that means redraw every road and border, retype all text and place all the herladry again. I haven’t counted how many items there are on the map but it took me two weeks of grueling work at the computer.
Here is a low resolution (150 pixel per inch) preview. I’m sorry for the low quality but its the best way to just let you have a first look at it. I hope you can read the names, at least most of them are possible to read even at this low resolution. The original are 600 ppi or vector, and I have added a close up of Highfolk area in 300 ppi to give you a sense of the quality of the finished map.
I’ve worked for years to come this far and I must say that I am proud of what I have achieved Even after starring at it for countless hours even I notice new interesting things here and there like the small rounded hills across the Tuflik River from the city of Ceshra. They have appeared from a combination of algorithms and filters or as artifacts from the Photoshop editing.
After this I will take a few days away from Photoshop and Illustrator work to get back into research phase again, Bissel and the Sheldomar Valley are waiting to have its secrets uncovered. I have also upgraded my symbols and borders and other features on the map so I have to make a comprehensive Legend. It will be a pdf guide to my maps with a presentation and extensive notes on various small things that you might not see right away. For example that settlements symbols that spans a river indicates that there are a bridge, and if not then you have to get a boat or swim (or use one of your characters fancy magical means).
Now I’m babbling so please take a look at the map and see if you notice something amiss. I have my private campaign layers visible on this preview, so there are a few things non canon, especially in the Rel Deven area. In the future I will have them removed on my public maps.
Here is a link to the preview: Flanaess Preview 130208