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American Republics by Alt-Reality American Republics by Alt-Reality
Haven't made a map in a while, and after some thought, this popped out.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So Im guessing you used the stroke tool?
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Partially. :)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And I have no idea where to get(or how to make?) the borders you use. Any help?
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one I made in Photoshop, but dA here has some great downloadable borders.

Look up spirographs, it's how I do a lot of guilloche-type effects.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is my favorite one of your maps.

Are the rivers on a different layer? Low opacity?

Do the state borders have a hand drawn, halp transparent lining behind them to look like stroke tool? With an accual stroke tool for the entire country?

Is the land a separate layer lifted off of the water so you can hand draw the blue coast outline behind it?

Sorry I have a lot of questions and as I learn more about map making I want to be able to reproduce these type of things myself. Im still young(younger than I can say) and if I can learn to make maps like this within the next few years it would be awesome!
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Yes. Opacity is your friend.

2. The state borders are on a separate layer with a lower opacity, while the lining is a Blending Option.

2. The lining on the coast is made the same way as the state and national borders, with Blending Options.
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GarudaTeam Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant. What program do you use? I use Inkscape for the maps I make.
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photoshop, Illustrator. :)
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GarudaTeam Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Those are the programs I actually use for my maps. If you don't know me I am Noravea on AH.com
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VulcanTrekkie45 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CSA, Republic of Texas, and independent SoCal, but no independent New England?
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