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GTA Mapmaking

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OOOOH YEAAAH   GTA San Andreas 2016 final version     OOoooooh guyyyys finally I finished it. It's been more than a year since I started this map with the idea of making a 2015/16 version of

Post yer finished maps and WIP maps here!   Rules Don't post other's maps, especially pretending they're your own. We've likely seen them already, and this is a mapmaking thread

Hi friends! After months of research (Im Argentinian and never set foot in the US) and editing I was able to create a map expanding my older map of Las Venturas into Tierra Robada, Flint County, Whets

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Post yer finished maps and WIP maps here!



  • Don't post other's maps, especially pretending they're your own. We've likely seen them already, and this is a mapmaking thread
  • No requests unless a mapper has asked for ideas. Maps take a very long time to make, so unless you're willing to pay, don't waltz in and demand a map for your concept you thought of 30 minutes ago and will abandon tomorrow
  • Only be negative if you're being constructive. Telling someone their map is "sh*t" is worthless and you're just being a pain
  • Request permission before posting people's maps elsewhere. Just post in the thread or PM the creator, and respect their terms for crediting their work. Having to use watermarks isn't fun, and neither is stolen content.


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LIV5EDe.png Fernbase County @_0YELK0_ https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069410396
MDt5lDd.jpg Ranier @[...] https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068638182
ojtvwPK.jpg Luther County @[...] https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069695474
WM3CI3F.jpg Vice City @08LasVenturas https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1059916955
xwDA2DD.jpg North Yankton @AboveTheLawHD https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068955652
O8iBLlK.jpg Peroplio @Agunachopace https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1067474205
ixKnDAl.jpg Scotville @Agunachopace https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068448079
ITqvJLe.jpg Harbour City @Agunachopace https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068770367
9DAXmqF.jpg San Fierro @aqwaqwaq8 https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1065192575
ITaGoSv.jpg Rosario @avatarsd https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070366474
bxXlAtV.jpg Las Venturas @Carmain https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1064456768
mO53c4r.jpg San Andreas @Cebra https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070232869
0uekozT.jpg San Andreas @DaniLekBom https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069187250
pmVnTdJ.png Anywhere City @DimitriFaustin https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069653449
vJugLal.jpg Coral Bay @Doggy Dink https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070654160
LEBjsvy.jpg Vice-Dade County @Fishers Fritz https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069013247
YfAifMk.jpg Vice City @Gr8 https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1065307590
HWhNiqj.jpg Los Santos @greasy_rainbow https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1065360407
Mt7ozli.jpg Vice City @GTA Concept Maps https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070806513
WvuTGBu.jpg Capital City @Intelo https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1067260354
b6O9iX4.png San Andreas @ivarblaauw https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1071046923
G9N4aTi.jpg Hawke's Bay @jontya222 https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070636438
Q9bUSBx.png GTA World @killdrivetheftvehicle https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069395355
hShZfhz.jpg USA @RealityDesign https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070220920
UkrfIsC.jpg USA @sengin https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1067436630
fqvyI4P.jpg Freedom Islands @sixpence https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070060926
Mhr0K1v.jpg North San Andreas @Sneaky_Gately https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068354709
9FjzVfu.jpg Acadia @Testarossa https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068640758
3NIsvQF.jpg?1 Capital City @The Dedito Gae https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069682649
P5rNOKs.jpg Vice City @The_Anti-tragedy https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1066686230
jZCyemU.png Sunburg @UrbanAdventuring https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1066299273
MZ4DiMw.png Todomayor @UrbanAdventuring https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1067774328

Unfinished Map Showcase


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YjeEcJo.jpg Terré World Map @AbovethelawHD https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068867511
RRNIaI0.jpg South Florida @Alex76 https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1066277122
hqazbl8.jpg Pombal @Blue https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068875414
DcUDiK7.jpg San Andreas @Carmain https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1066711061
5OQuVj9.jpg San Andreas @Chaserrrrs https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070413948
OlUMm2r.jpg San Andreas @DaniLekBom https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068697380
MDx2DwM.jpg Liberty City @Digweg https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069884902
jV3aNh1.jpg Southlands @GrungiestFlea https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1071026444
3YiJckX.jpg California Dreaming @ivarblaauw https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069009759
CVGbQYK.jpg Liberty City @LibertyKing https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1068419841
iDrSzDg.jpg Liberty City @LibertyKing https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070120277
yWXireh.jpg Islands Of Aloha @lolznc https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069083109
UdU62F2.jpg Blackwater @lolznc https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070041902
mDo4IhN.jpg Benedinta @lolznc https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069902880
46VSp0b.jpg?1 RDR2 @McAgent https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1071118246
ogK2xw5.jpg Vice City @Sexualizer https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1071138641
5Jq4omh.jpg Vice City @sixpence https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1070905959
yk7ANKF.jpg Gatsby @Solstron https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1071056487
lYEGk3O.jpg Hudson State @Solstron https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1071048065
k3XLy3y.jpg Harbor City @The Dedito Gae https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1069433480
u4D1xRo.jpg Unnamed Island @The_Anti-tragedy https://gtaforums.com/topic/447751-gta-mapmaking/?do=findComment&comment=1071028347
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The idea of this thread came to me when i was making a map of the San Fransisco Bay area for my next GTA V idea. in this forum i will give a demo on how to create your own decent map. feel free to post your own ideas and methods, as i intend this to become like the Artwork Forum, only for maps. Before I continue i want to lay down a few ground rules:


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:


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! biggrin.gif

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Good job making this map, I'm going to try and give it a go but it will probably take a long time the way I do things yawn.gif


So yeah, I'd like to see more map ideas and I'll try too, good thread icon14.gif

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i dont care if your maps are sh*t! post them and we can remake them, and discuss improvements


EDIT: Sorry for the double post blush.gif

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thats my original and i was attempting to make some changes but then i realized that yours would come out better


i dont have photoshop so i used paint.net cuz all my paint maps look nasty

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If you use your original outline in red, and then go over with the revised pencil in black, depending on what program you’re using (but even MS Paint has this feature),

you can set your eraser to red only, and erase the entire original outline in one click.

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Cool topic, pretty good method used in OP; not too different to mine.

I plot out the basic shape and then i cut away at it untill I have the shape I want, then I do colours and roads with different tools and finally little extras like a drop shadow to make it stand out a little more.


Here's some of the Maps I've made:


Vice City map for my topic (in my sig)


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District map for my Vice City topic


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"Las Riquezas" island off of Vice City for my topic


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Carcer City map made for Sethpenguin's GTA:Carcer City topic


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heres an unfinished map im making using drscot's method


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not sure whats with that one green spot tho

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Ellis Island Concept - For you of you who frequented my old Alderney topic, you've seen this before but I've just been touching it up lately and haven't gotten the chance to finish.

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Staten Island Concept - As you can see most of the hard work is already done, got my outline and main roads but it is still a long ways from finished. Highways, Bridges, and Terrain still gotta be added.

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Also, both of these will be used in my Alderney 2.0 topic, so no jacking please. And once I get the chance to work on them some more, I'll post up some screens of the new Alderney map I'm working on.

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You know, its really funny that you should name Oakland, "Oakley".


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It's only 42.3mi away. In fact, its on your map where the right most bridge that crosses over the East Bay river is. That bridge is the Antioch Bridge/Hwy 160, right on the Antioch/Oakley border. lol.gif

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Here's my first one I did, I never finished it in the end because I didn't like it that much and I have a new one

coming along so I'll just post it like this and post more soon probably.


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Its not really good but i just need some help in making the roads and stuff.


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Its not really good but i just need some help in making the roads and stuff.


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all you need for roads are lines. you can use a line tool or a pencil tool and draw them in

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Here's my latest one based on San Andreas and Vice City together just for the fun of it. happy.gif


It's not very good quality because it was done on paint, I don't know what else to use, what did you use drscot?


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To get better picture quality in Paint just save the image as a .png file instead of .jpeg.

Space reserved for a map I'm making now.

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marco_GTA why did you put VC in SA? theyr about 3000 miles apart. not sure how many km that is, but its a lot. and i made my map in paint to, just enlarge the canvas and zoom in


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I need some ideas for the names of the two main islands and then the city as a whole.Also what could i do to improve it the map and this is nowhere near the final stage.


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You know, its really funny that you should name Oakland, "Oakley".


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It's only 42.3mi away. In fact, its on your map where the right most bridge that crosses over the East Bay river is. That bridge is the Antioch Bridge/Hwy 160, right on the Antioch/Oakley border. lol.gif

lol, i didn't notice that. the reason i called it oakley is the following:





Kwandilibro: Your map is really coming on. i havent had internet recently so i haven't been able to post it, and I couldn't remember the little apple island. this is what i have so far:


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MAN! that is awsome!

its not crap!

we should work on a gta world map

you mean the real world or the gta world? kinda stupid question but....

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The map for my Vice City topic was originally hand-drawn, which I scanned onto the computer. I added the text using the text feature on Photobucket (see below):


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Eventually, with the help of Yunglive201, he created a computerized version of it:


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Using Photobucket, I used the "Edit" feature, where I clicked on the "Effects" tab. I clicked the scroll arrows until I found the "Tint" tool, which is marked by a picture of a light-blue flower. I then chose the color pink, and applied it. For the text, I used the "text" tool under the "Decorate" tab. After the text box popped up, I checked a box saying "transparent", changed the font and color, and typed in the names of the cities, resulting in this map:


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I made another map using YungLive's edit. I again used Photobucket to edit. Once the editing window was open, I clicked on "Adjust", and adjusted the lightness of the photo, by making is lighter to differentiate the black water from the dark grey landmasses. Once this was done, I clicked the "decorate" tab, and clicked on the "Fill Bucket", and selected a teal color. I then filled in the waterways with the fill bucket. After that, also in the decorate tab, I clicked on "Borders". Once the borders window opened, I clicked "Vignette/Matte" and adjusted the size and strength of the shadow, and it resulted in this map:


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