1. Obey all of the main forum rules
2. No copying ideas! make your own!
3. No disrespect to other mapmakers
4. positive comments or constructive critisism only
5. NO EXCUSES! i made it with a laptop isn't acceptable - I make all mine with a laptop touchpad
EDIT: Here is a link to a video for the demo: Mapmaking
Now that is over with, lets get on with the demo.
Note: for this map i used a laptop mouse, which isn't recommended for new mapmakers
Now if you dont have any official mapmaking software, i recommend the windows 7 version of Paint. This is what i used to make the demo.
Now the first thing to make a map, once you have decided on the terrain and location, is a basic shape. use squares and circles to create this.
Once you have this basic sape you need an advanced shape. although not clear on this picture i have created this with the pencil tool, at the first thickness level.
After this you need to use the rubber tool to get rid of the basic shape. this may take a while but, trust me, works well.
now you need to add more details such as bridges and rivers. don't design the cities and put in colour yet.
Now, here's the fun part. time to design the cities and add the colour. When mapmaking, i usually copy the san andreas colours of the internet. you can now also start to add parody names. the main cities I have here are San Fierro - San Fransisco, Berkland - Berkley Oakley - Oakland.
Finally, Finish of the names, the cities, the countryside and the colours to reveal the complete pause map.
Thank you for taking the time to read the entire post, feel free to comment, post your OWN maps and post your OWN methods
EDIT: Don't doubt your ability to mapmake! my first ever map can be found on page 18, post number 3, and i'm sure that you'll agree it sucks! if your first few are bad, dont worry!
EDIT [19/05/13]: It's been such a long time since I began this thread, and I would like to add a new request to the original. Post maps, not only that you've created for a concept or purely for fun, but also have a go at making a map of the newest game to be announced by Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V, true to the trailers and all the screenshots we have been provided with. Happy MapMaking people!
Edited by drscot, 19 May 2013 - 02:51 PM.