People frequently asked me the question :
"How can I make a good map?"
If you have any question about mapmaking write a minimail to me or start a comment thread.
Well for all these people, I will teach you the basic steps of mapmaking. Here we go!
Step 1: find inspiration
Finding inspiration is the easiest step! But first start with the subject.
Is your map a real-time map, a one from the past, a fantasy one, a local map, a special designed one?
I chosed to make a real-time map
There are many countries/regions to make maps about it ( don't use the used ones)
I chose: Nauru. The second tiniest country in the world, and the tiniest island-state in Oceania
for other inspiration to make real-time maps of countries follow the topic: http://warlight.net/Forum/Thread?ThreadID=32822
step 2: Source
This is only for Real-time maps or maps that goes about the past.
Good sources you can use are (they're free): google.images, wikipedia.commons, gadm.org
I chosed wikipedia.commons for Nauruhttp://i.imgur.com/kRR9G2O.jpg
Step 3: Draw!
Make sure you draw the entire thing first.
So we begin to draw Nauru first and then we draw the division lines of the territories!
Be attend that a cirlce with a length of 18 and of width of also 18 represents a decimal number. This is important for the map designhttp://i.imgur.com/sEaWytN.jpg
step 4: Bonusses
After you drew your entire form, you can start drawing the bonus lines.
DO NOT BEGIN WITH THE TERRITORIES FIRSThttp://i.imgur.com/nBQPEqF.jpg
than select the bonus line and the former Nauru. click on upper-right of inkscape, on PATH.
Than on DIVISION.
step 5: Shrinking
Than you Shrink , you can use this method by 'Inkscape Preferences' by FILE.There is where you can change the inset/outset of the territories. Change this to 0.310
than do this
step 6: Last things
Draw your territories lines> path > divison
And than you're clear! or not yet...
Step 7: Bonus Links
Click on your bonus former circle/retangle . Object propreties and write BonusLink_*insert* for exemple: http://i.imgur.com/RfiV1ym.jpg
There's also a code for a territory and that's Territory_*number* for exemple : Territory_1
And than you do map designing and clear!
Edited 3/14/2014 15:37:21