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I had the rough version of this map at NACIS but we're getting close to printing, and we still have some edits from the park service to incorporate.

Any opinions or suggestions would be appreciated.

http://www.outragegis.com/grsm/draft

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Finally! Someone has made a comprehensive map of this area. Looks great!

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I had the rough version of this map at NACIS but we're getting close to printing, and we still have some edits from the park service to incorporate.

Any opinions or suggestions would be appreciated.

http://www.outragegis.com/grsm/draft

Thanks, Boyd


those are great. I like the valley fog on the oblique too. You do that in vns?

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Thanks for looking at the maps and I appreciate the comments.

The 3D view was done with POV-Ray on a mac. I really struggled with that piece and after stepping back from it, I'm not completely satisfied. In it's basic objective, I think it does work as a general intro to the major peaks in the park.

I'm not familiar with VNS. Would it add more pizazz?

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I'm not familiar with VNS. Would it add more pizazz?

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Check it out, but not necessarily;but was wondering b/c it does let you control components based on dynamic parameters like elev, z distance, slope, etc.

The fog seems approprite for a rendering like this given how "smokey" it gets there.

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Very nice map. I really like the tree effect that you produced. Could you explain your methodology?

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Very nice map. I really like the tree effect that you produced. Could you explain your methodology?


Thanks for the comment. I used the land cover dataset from the USGS (http://seamless.usgs.gov/) and converted it to an indexed color bitmap for work in photoshop. The colors represent landcover types, e.g., deciduous forest are green, evergreen forests are darker green, etc... In photoshop, I selected out each important landcover type and created a separate solid color layer so I could easily tweak the color during compositing. For areas of evergreen canopy, I added a little stone texture to symbolize sunlit tree tops.

I recall a great tutorial here (that maybe Tom Patterson/Alex Tait made?) for manipulating land cover imagery in photoshop. That would be good to locate.

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Boyd, I can say having backpacked and bike toured through the park, I wish i would've had this map ;) . It is beautiful. If you can't get those 6 million visitors to get out of Gatlinburg and buy a copy, at least know that I will...Which reminds me are you going to make a poster version, or just keep it in atlas form?
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are you going to make a poster version, or just keep it in atlas form?


Thanks Casey,

We don't have plans to print it as one sheet. Too much money for that, but it would be a nice. We have an old press that we found on eBay and this is our first big cmyk printing with it.

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Great looking map.

Everything is clear and easy to follow.

** I wasnt thinking on the scale from my previous post**




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