I have been learning to use Photoshop and Lightwave. Dennis Niemoeller of Enchanted Imagery has been teaching me the programs and assisting me. As a project, I have been mapping Inzeladun. One this page are the results of my work. The latest effort is at the top, and the bottom is my first effort. Hopefully improvement will be seen. Comments about each picture will be at the base of each shot.
The above shot (11/2/01) includes the new arctic cap that I created. Overall the shot is a little too dark, but I love the look of the polar cap. Dennis helped me fix the problem with the bay between Khemt and Azrael. This shot is full frontal, so the equator passes through the center of the picture. As you can see, I really have nothing in the southern hemisphere (yet), but the darkness hides that deficiency pretty well.
Below, Dennis has added clouds and a background (and included two of the moons!) to my map. The shot is tilted forward slightly to emphasize Inzeladun. I really love this.
The above shot, which is tilted to showcase the northern hemisphere (since there is very little in the southern hemisphere), shows a much more realistic land texture than seen before, but it also shows the problem with the pole, which is entirely unsatisfactory due to the way the flat map squeezes when applied to a sphere. There is also a problem with the bay between Khemt and Azrael. The land mass to the left is Inzeladun, to the right is the Orient, and in the center is Mbakanae (the "African" lands). The same picture is below, but with cloud cover added.
Like the previous shots, this one is tilted forward, but the globe was turned to emphasize Inzeladun. The brown masses are the Desert of Yam ibn Saud and Zakhara. I need to add the permanent cloud cover over the Sea of Storms, and the pole still needs some serious work, but I am very pleased with the shot. Below is the same shot, but with cloud cover.
Below are the original images I made, my first attempt.
Like I said, these two are the results of the first mapping of my flat map to a sphere. The mountains a little too high, but it is nice to see the texture. I need to add the deserts and the jungles, but it is a good start. It amazes me how little Inzeladun actually is on an earth-sized globe, but Dennis assures me that this is a good thing. Besides, it gives me more room to add on later. The above picture (with clouds) is tilted forward, but the picture below (without cloud cover) is shot straight on, so the equator passes through the center of the picture. All clouds are courtesy of Dennis. He hasn't taught me how to do that yet.
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