This is my personal method: 1) Trace the bounduary of the lands (the coasts) and the rough zone I want that there’s a particular feature, as a lake, a mountain range,a forest. To do this I can use pen and paper or any program photoshop-like, I personally prefer using the GIMP. 2) After have decided the general look of the country I go on adding details and features, like mountain ranges and cities, thanks to a little palette of dedicated brushes I’ve designed over the years, so I can select 1 of the feature I need, and with the repeating on, an option that let you separate every ‘point’ the brushes make I start to ‘fill’ the area, later on I will have to fill the blank zones. I usually do not draw the rivers at this point. A special mention goes to the forests, I do not succeed in drawing a decent forest, so I call for help to my sys and she draws it, so it’s not composed by elements but it’s hand drawed, they seem cluods with some curved-sprayed line in them to let them seem more appealing to the eye… The result is better than what I can succeed in describing. The style resemble the Middle-Earth in the paperback edition of the harper-collins LotR. In the past I’ve tried to use the brushtrick with forest, but it doesn’t end up with a good result in my hands. 3) I’m used to print the map in a 50*70 cm (to save you a conversion it’s roughly 20*28 inches rounding the inches at 2.5 cm) so I need a really big and definite image. Usually for have a good result in print you need a 300 dip and this leads you to a 6000*8400 image. I personally have topped at 5000*7000 with B/W images, this make this image workable even on my K6II. 4) I use a program of vector graphic, with the image as BG for all the other features I need: country bounduarys, rivers, streets, the names or other things that go written down. In this way I have more choices on the positioning and the eventual twisting or bending. 5) Split the image in more pages and the work it’s done. This last part can be made even with the printer drivers if they let you set an overlapping slice in the pages, so you can join them more easily. I personally export the image as a raster image (jpeg, gif or png on the whims of the moment) and them split the parts in the GIMP. If you use the Corel Draw the splitting it’s an automatic thing. — Mario Tani IHGGer #438 ICQ UIN = 62716435 ‘Da Ya Wonna Live Forever?’ ‘At Least I’Ve Arrived There’ ‘A Kiss Is Not Always The Truth, But It Is Often What We Want To Be True’ ‘Science It’s An Art: It Takes Love, Faith & Courage’ Official Member of the S.I.S.De. Follower of the Penguin (Keep on Linux!) G.U.R.P.S. FARRIK (UN)Official Site: Under (RE)Construction gurpsit an Italian G.U.R.P.S. ML: Source.