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GFXiNXS

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Fantasy Map Maker (Photoshop Action Script)
« on: December 16, 2010, 03:51:00 am »

GFXiNXS's Map Maker
(Requires Photoshop CS3+)


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I got bored at work and decided to play around with the various detailed map exports in Photoshop.

After a few comments about people wanting to make their own, I hacked together a simple action script. The basic process is to export specified detailed maps, rename and place on root of C:\ drive, load the PSD file and run the included Action Script. Be sure to read the included text file :)

It's not what one would call a polished process, but the result could be fun for a small few.

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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010, 03:53:54 am »

Thats VERY cool. Did you do this by hand, or write a program to convert it? If so, are you planning up uploading the program?

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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 03:56:19 am »

Trusty old photoshop all the way :)
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2010, 04:00:17 am »

I'm enviouse of your talents. Also inspired. I feel that maybe a utility to do this sort of work would be interesting... I don't think I'm up to the task right now, but maybe if I get some free time on my hands. It will be interesting to see if I could ever get it as detailed as your map.

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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 11:12:38 am »

looks great! too bad it ins;t a program though :S
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2010, 11:55:14 am »

Yeah, it would be cool to have a program that could repaint and print out a favourite map in that style.  I'm sure someone is talented enough.
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2010, 11:59:18 am »

Very cool. I always enjoy looking at the exported maps, this just blows those away. I'm sure something like this could be done with batch processing in photoshop or gimp (don't think Paint.Net has batch processing). Hopefully the comments will inspire you or someone else to attempt something like that.
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2010, 07:57:58 pm »

Fantasy cartographer lets you paint maps like this just, not as good looking.
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2010, 10:28:34 pm »

Working on an action script as of now. So long as you have Photoshop CS3+, you should just be able to throw the varous exports into their respective folders and have it make itself. For the time being I'll only be working on small region maps as I noted the *.psd file for a large region would have been ~150MB :(

Still, should be at least remotely useful... hopefully.
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2010, 03:22:43 am »

Love it!
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2010, 03:26:52 am »

Isoworld does this in an isometric view, but it can be easily changed to show a top-down view as well.
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2010, 09:20:57 am »

Isoworld does this in an isometric view, but it can be easily changed to show a top-down view as well.

Not competing at all here. This is just meant to be a fun little graphical addition that people may wish to use in community forts and the likes :)

Got the action script fully functioning. I initially had some troubles porting from Photoshop CS3 between CS5 but I think I ironed everything out. I'll write up some documentation to help people along and then post it all up.

A few glitchy things came out of this...
 - If you are missing a civ, it will complain (you just hit continue till its complete then hide the overlay group).
 - Dwarf fortress location dots have similar pixels to mountains etc. This results in very minor speckling here and there.
 - Human civs won't be displayed as there is no easy way of grabbing them.

All the same, the following is what I got out of a test run. Hopefully you'll attain similar results :)
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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2010, 09:31:52 am »

I wasn't implying competing, I was implying possible collaboration.

here's some info I got from toady on the subject:

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Re: Bored at work (Playing with Region Map)
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2010, 10:02:07 am »

Heh, I think you are going well and truly beyond what I had in mind. I'm avoiding any kind of programming on this one. It just loads a bunch of region map exports and hacks them up into something halfway presentable. All via Photoshop's action scripts. Meaning you'll need to go through Photoshop, making my audience limited.

Still, had fun with the dismal amount of effort it required to throw this one together :D
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Re: Fantasy Map Maker (Photoshop Action Script)
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2010, 10:10:47 pm »

I don't have photoshop, so I'm not included in the limited audience.   :P
I know that Other Picture Editing Software Is Available.  Does someone knowledgeable have any info on whether this could be made to work for GIMP or any of the other (free) suites that are available out there?
I know absolutely nothing about ps action scripts and their portability, or otherwise.  So I shan't be the one to answer my own question.
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