August 8, 2011

Dance my Pixels, Dance!

If you haven't heard yet, Lord Gwydion is busy creating the Zhongyang Dalu setting for the Flying Swordsmen RPG.  I think it's going to be awesome.  You can go check out the What a horrible night to have a curse blog to get more details.

Recently he posted a scan of the lovely Zhongyang Dalu map.  I love me some maps.  Especially some hand drawn maps.  Anyhow, his sketch pad is too big for his scanner so he had to splice together two images and as a result there is a minor seam visible.  He mentioned looking for a print shop later to get it scanned in one piece.

Now, my artistic skills are rather limited, but I am handy with a pixel editor.  So, I took it upon myself to try to hide the seam.  I also tried to help define some of the coastline and letters where the seam made them blurry.  If I couldn't blend the color differences well enough for my own taste, I just pushed one color over to the closest coastline or political boundary (see Yu and De).

Take a look.

Happy Un-Birthday Lord Gwydion.  I hope you like it.  It's not perfect by any means, but hey, it's free.

I cleaned up a little fuzziness on some Chinese characters.  You should probably double check the first character of Bufang Bag, and the last character of Mei Hwa Mountians to make sure I didn't accidentally change their meaning.  Let me know if you want me to rework anything.  I could probably get the color transitions smoother in Yu and De if you prefer.  Let me know if you would like any other changes made.  I could thicken/brighten the red political lines, or remove the green where the red lines meet the rivers, change the name of a city, make something stand out a little more or a little less, or whatever.

I like doing this stuff, so don't be shy about requesting anything.  You can hit me up at saint_nik AT yahoo DOT com, or just leave a comment here.

Previously, I also edited another of your images.  I loved seeing this at the bottom of your blog.  I only tweaked the dragon's claws and the warriors foot a tad.  It was quick and easy.  I just thought I'd share.