Silur: Thank you! I use a mixture of "contrast", "desaturated" and "vivid" photoshop techniques to add some mood to the pictures.
etg-nc2nyc: Cheers! Those houses with the small alleyways and the square parking lots are one of CP's medium density houses, a really cool-looking 3x3 lot.
tonyr: Thank you very much.
Duco: Yeah- MMP fields takes a load of left-click holds and dragging back and forth like crazy to get the fields filled in. Thanks for your comment.
feyss: Thanks! And-
Entry 22: Pololomia -- South Chester
South Chester is built on the southern part of the city tile and on the bottom centre. There are a mixture of high-wealth suburbs, medium-wealth suburbs, a small flat complex and rural homes, plus quite a bit of farmland to the east. The furtherest extent of South Chester is the M7 highway which forms the northern boundary of South Chester.
And now let's take a look...
Let's start off with the high-wealth suburb.
I'm including more mosaics to help show the layout of these areas. The western boundary of South Chester is the railway cutting through the suburbs.
Use railways, highways and fences/tree fillers to really seperate areas.
I want to thank KingOfSimCity for his amazing relots of the Maxis mansions.
Moving northwards and once past the M7 there are a series of railways and railyards...
A very quiet moment in the day for the M7...
The Chester Road rides over the M7. The Chester Road is a very long straight road which goes through South Chester, Chester and forms the western border of the Mowden suburb (north and east of Chester).
It's a simple diamond interchange with some MMP flourishes.
With a bit of photoshopping finesse Maxis night can be turned into TrueNite...
A new photoshopping technique I've discovered is to first lower the brightness and increase the contrast. Then increase the brightness and increase the contrast more than the brightness. Then increase the colour brightness and decrease the saturation. The effect produced is this contrast/vivid hybrid.
Another example of the above photoshop technique I mentioned. It's sharp and clear, but not too bright, not too dark, not too desaturated, not too oversaturated...
A small private school complex.
To the left is Chester, to the right South Chester, in the centre is the M7 and towards the top is the start of Langley Plains: flat countryside with lots of fields and farms.
And here is the flat complex I was talking about. This is east of the Chester Road (running along the bottom of the picture).
These flats were the first things I placed down in Pololomia. It took a while to work out how to complete the area around the flat complex...
Going from suburbs to the rural country...
This suburb is the eastern most extent of South Chester.
Another example of the rural/suburban, or rural/urban, transitions I spend so much time working on.
One final overview of South Chester.
From north to south: top of the city tile to the bottom of the city tile.
MHW is... Good!
Now that South Chester has been explored, the next area to be explored -- next weekend -- is the northeast of Langley Plains: