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Easier Way of Taking Region Photos?

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Well, I am wanting to start a CJ, but first would want to lay out some planning... now does anyone know of any good methods/programs that would take full region photos? Especially topographical maps rather than the standard isometric view.

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You can take full region images with the "Region Census", I think you can get it at SC4D web site.  It won't do topographical maps though.

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  • @tungston - I just started using that. It's great, except I'm still looking for some way of making topographical maps... 45.gif

    @A Nonny Moose - Wha?

    @spinecharmer - But you would have to edit out all the annoying edges, and mesh photos together for larger regions.

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    topographical maps are kind of bothersome as there's no real topographical view implemented in sc4. there's a certain key combination that gives a few yellow elevation lines in city view but afaik they don't project through in region view.

    you can, tho, try and use the terraformer. it let's you modify the topography in a simple, yet incredible 3D environment and maybe it's offered views (as graphics significantly differ from ingame view + there's only topography shown, even tho areas might be developed) help to create the map.

    Unfortunately, with larger maps, you can't get them in one image so I highly recommend a tool like photoshop or gimp here (besides the obvious benefits of post editing)

    EDIT: wasn't there even a possibility in terraformer to export a greyscale of a region, was there? there's some dark scheme of something like that lingering among the latenitely emptyness of my head... If so that might be the best point to start from to create a topography map.

    Further, even tho more picture editing and meshing is needed here, make screenshots of the informational map views and mesh them together, all of them have elevation colors and in the "all off" setting you have no information but elevation

    EDIT2: and no, there's no easy way. at least none by click-here-get-that-standards 3.gif

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    Originally posted by: Arvendragon

    @A Nonny Moose - Wha?

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    Well, laddie, you said you were sick of Paint, so I gave you an alternative.  This would move you from a tricycle to a Cadillac.  The Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP for short) is a drop in replacement for Photoshop, runs anywhere and is free.  www.gimp.org/ 

    If you decide to take a look at it be sure you get all you will need, namely the help files, the animation package, and the HTTP version of the book "Grokking the GIMP:" which is a very good tutorial.  Choose the downloads for your machine.

    If you don't have Photoshop, this will put you in the big league of graphics.  There are a lot of add ons including some that convert photoshop brush files, etc.

    You can start slowly, and build a skill set that will soon have you doing interesting things.  This package is 2D, but very powerful.

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