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Tips and Tricks

Welcome to all those who've recently found their way to my corner of Google+. I post material related to maps of real and imaginary worlds, and also tips on how to create them yourself. The tips took an extended hiatus earlier in the year (you can probably guess why) but here's a compilation of some of those tips:

Using a phone to 'scan' a line art map: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/9X5ufSfeKwp
Drawing forests: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/RjwNqjW8o4f
How to draw grassland: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/3FjLZHX5eK2
Explaining blend modes: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/VWD2Gb6m2g4
Picking a background texture: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/Ui61uFPuWvm
Drawing isometric cliffs: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/YPNETyRpB31
Drawing Cliffs: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/TGTbqgVsMr2
Drawing Mountains: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/8VC3PSrYuFQ
Drawing an isometric dungeon map: https://plus.google.com/100445521601957994193/posts/djqrLxSDbTH
Colouring an isometric dungeon map: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/7jHAVkNATBF
Creating a grungy brush: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/gwxwfW6zYgM
Drawing trees: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/eMEH3j8SHag
Colouring Trees: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/31b5wmLa4nU
Designing a castle gatehouse: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/ChaWuHaoKFU
How to resize published maps for vtt use: https://plus.google.com/100445521601957994193/posts/PzzZtgfKQBQ
Turning any map into an aged paper handout: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/100445521601957994193/100445521601957994193/posts/J85CzcGUmzz
Top down mountain design: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/4Y9r4WjibFx
Simple icon design: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/Api2H3bPx2h
City layout: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/76TWAharfTw
Hills: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/MSPe8UGp8mA
Using line art to convey information: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100445521601957994193/posts/Ap9NUJzq9vS

This isn't entirely comprehensive as G+ seems to not be the best place for archiving posts, but the full set can be found over here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/16819-%5Baward-winner%5D-assorted-tips-tricks.html

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Even though I can't draw to save my life I love seeing the art displayed here
 
Oh man, I had never seen these.  These are really good.  Thanks for posting them all in one place!
 
+Eric Quigley - there's a few more on the CG, it's worth checking those out as well, but this is all of the later ones.
 
Something must be wrong with my pencil - I followed the instructions but my map looks more like a bowl of pesto ;)
 
I look forward to your book on these collected posts. ;)
 
I remember a lot that were on your site, but I can't find them anymore. There was one about resizing maps for print and VTTs
 
My site's down for an extended revamp - hence putting them up here instead for the time being.
 
Do you have a similar one for overhead/traditional map views of forests?
I have always struggled with that.
 
Apparently not - I was sure that I did. I'll rectify that this weekend. Keep an eye out!
 
Johnatan, what do you think about Russian translation of your awesome guides (with all required permissions, copyrights and other)?
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