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Hi everybody. If you have a moment, I'd like to shop you a little trick I learned to make (mostly) natural-looking maps with MS Paint. This process is great for making world maps, but works well for islands, coastlines, bays, lakes, and things like that.

Let's get started then, shall we?
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Step 1 is simple: open MS Paint and select the spray can with the widest spray setting available.
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Next you need to spray a select area evenly. I promise that this will make sense soon.
keep going OP, I am interested
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Step 3 is to fill in parts of the area darker than the rest. In this step you DON'T want it to be even.

This is the step where you need to start planning out where you want your landmasses. The darker areas will become your oceans soon, so do your best to fill in areas -around- where you want your land to be.
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In this step you need to make a border in a different color than the rest that you will be using. Here I am using red to make it easier to see.
Also, I chose to use an oval to make it look like a basic world map.
You sound like my digital arts teacher back in the nineties...
Suffice to say, she sucked.
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Here is where it gets tricky. Take another color (I used green, to represent land) and fill in the large white spaces.

As you can see, I filled up the area with too much black and there isn't much room left for land. All you need to do to fix this is use the spray to fill in more white.
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Here I'm using the white spray to make future landmasses. Use the spray conservatively, usually less is more.

Just outline the basic shapes you want.
this is pretty good so far and i like they way it is forming, keep going.
There are 11 pages on this board if you don't like this topic I'm sure you could better spend your time reading something else. Those of us who are interested in OP's idea would rather not have to filter out your hate.

Keep going OP any new ideas should always be welcome on TG.
OP you loser!

Ever heard if how continental plates work, and how landmasses usually roughly fit together like a puzzle?

See how none of your "landmasses" fit together in any way?

Take one guess why it doesn't feel true and plausible (besides it looking shit visually)

Go to bed, I know 3rd graders who do more impressive stuff.
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And I just noticed the pointless 'h' I had in my name. I am a dumbass.

Step 6: finish coloring in your land. I forgot to mention that you use the paint can for this step.

Note: always remember your best friend: ctrl+z
This is the undo key, use it whenever you make a mistake (like accidentally coloring all of the black area as green, which happens A LOT).
disregard the poor attempts at trolling fine sir.
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Step 7: Erasing all of the spray-crap!

This step is actually kind of fun. All you need to do is fill in a small area with black...
This is pretty neat. Don't let Teddy Tantrum over there get you down.

May I ask though, why MSPaint?
Who says in fantasy land that there's tectonic plates!?
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Indeed. This is a basic tutorial, however. Actually making things look realistic comes later with practice.

...and then fill it in with white...
I'm actually not trolling. I'm just in a foul mood, was looking to sow some hate and probably ruin someone elses day.

Then this brainless monkey with the artistic talent of a blind, fingerless monkey came along and was the perfect target :)
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It's (basically) free and I'm a cheap bastard.

...and then black again.
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something like this?
this is actually p cool, ty OP
Just continue with this process until all of the spray is gone.
Fair enough, was just curious.
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God I love captcha
Op this is really fucking awesome. +1 internets for you.
>Using emoticons on /tg
>Hell, on 4Chan

Get the fuck out. OP, please continue.
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This may be taking awhile to post, but the erasing process only takes a few seconds in practice. Left click, right click. That's all there is too it.
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They welcome petty blog posts over there, I understand.
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Hope you don't mind me skipping a few clicks... done!
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The same process can be used to get rid of the spray outside of the map.
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Thanks OP never been good at map making but this is fairly cool heres one I did as you were explaining the steps
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Step 8 is just to fill in the ocean with a different color. Blue is the logical choice, methinks.
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Erasing the spray in the land itself is a little more difficult since you have white, black, and green, but not overly so. All you need to do is make sure you're filling in the green with black.
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Again, this only takes a few seconds.
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And again, forgive me for skipping a few clicks.
>those snake-eye islands in the eastern hemisphere
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Thanks, OP! Nice, simple tutorial for low-effort coastlines that actually look decent.

For those that wish to move on to more realistic techniques, I can recommend a few sources.

Baron von Evilsatan's tutorials:

Cartographer's Guild (absolutely fantastic; currently down right now)

The Zompist Bulletin Board

And the PDF I've just uploaded.
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The next step is cleanup: just do some erasing around the coastline, getting rid of pointless "lakes" and fuzzy edges.

Get detailed or simplistic as you want.
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Only problem I have with this technique is that I like the edges of landmasses to look a bit more rounded, but that can easily be done by hand afterwards. This is great for lazy fa/tg/uys like me, though.
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More cleanup.
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That's actually coming next, believe it or not.
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Now fill in the white with green and you've finished a (very) basic world map.

Next up is an abridged guide for doing some more detail.
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To save time, I'm just taking one of the island we just created.

Select a landmass you like the look of and copy it with the select feature.
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After copying, now past it somewhere else.
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Select the island again...
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Now stretch it out
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Don't forget to put another border around it.
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For our purposes, just get rid of the blue for now.
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Step "3" is to hand draw a new border around the island.
This allows you to make it a bit less... blocky.

Remember to do this in short bursts, it is easy to make mistakes and you don't to have to erase half of the island!
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Now to get rid of the green...
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And that's basically it.
From here on you can start adding land forms and such.

Thank you for your time and have a nice day.
I remember doing this sort of thing in photoshop with difference clouds and a ton of filters/curves adjustments.

It worked ok.
Sweet, thanks op.
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I just use GIMP
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I like it.
For removing the black, I used a different method by using transparent select and the secondary color.
Select all, Cut. Make secondary color black. Make background white. Paste image. All black gone.
And an old mouse with a loose laser, keeps the lines all wiggley
That gives me an idea. A sensitive mouse with loud music. The bass should make the line wiggly. I'm going to try this.
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or a rough surface and a cold room
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>mouse set to 3200 dpi.
>blasting Aces High.

Here's how it turned out.
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That's actually not half bad OP. Not the most elegant of the maps, but gets the job done.
not bad. clean it up a little and youve got a great map. may be use a mirror to make fjords . . .
I'm not too sure of what you mean by using a mirror. I was just using paint.
putting a laser mouse on a mirror makes even more sensitive. at least some of them, it workd with my Logitech wireless
Oh, okay.
I could also step it up to 5600 dpi as well. Both might be a bit overkill.

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