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I recently presented at a workshop for the Washington chapter of URISA, and went through a few tips & tricks using masks in Photoshop and Illustrator. After the conference I re-recorded the material and posted it all to Vimeo in case anyone else is interested:

 

Part 1: Textures vimeo.com/65877625


Part 2: Introducing Layer Masks vimeo.com/65880328


Part 3: Hillshading vimeo.com/65881830


Part 4: Masks in Illustrator vimeo.com/65883990 (this one dissects the Oyster map that I did that was in the NACIS Atlas of Design). 

 

I really like doing the screen recording + narration videos and plan on doing loads more. If there are specific topics anyone would like me to tackle, or any general feedback on the format / length / &c. please let me know.

 

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EDIT: Here's a link to the source files that I use in the videos if anyone wants to play along: Download Source Files


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These are great, very well done! Thank you.

 

I still need to watch parts 3 & 4 but I really like what you're covering here and how you're demonstrating it.

 

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Nice job Adam. What software are you using to do the recording of the screen and voiceover?


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Thanks!

 

I use a program called ScreenFlow3 for the capture, and a Blue Yeti microphone. Some of my earlier videos I just used the computer's built in mic but they sound really terrible. I'm slowly building up a little recording studio. Up next is to learn AfterEffects and get some overlay "lower third" graphics and intro/exit clips. 

 

I edited the first post to add a link to the source files incase anyone wants to try their hand using the same images I used.


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Hi Adam,

 

Is there a transcript or subtiles or closed captioned that I could read about your presentation ? Sorry i asked about that.. Thanks .



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Hi Robert, 

 

That's a great question. I didn't create any scripts for these videos, so I started looking into some options for auto-generation. Didn't get very good results using the speech-to-text options in Premiere. I may have to hand-type everything out which I don't really have time to do at the moment. This is something that I'll definitely keep in mind though for future recordings. 


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Thanks Adam. I really appreciate the time and effort that you've taken with these videos. As part of the 'fantasy map' making community, we tend to use a lot of texturework when making faux hand drawn old maps (probably more than GIS people would ever use) - your texture tutorial was a great overview of the process. Funny, but it never occurred to me to find a map that occupied only a small part of the paper and clone stamp out the printed area. More often we distress our parchment or paper textures by applying various processes to them and using multiple textures.

A very easy tip is that if you want to replicate ink bleeding into paper, a tiny amount of outer glow of the same colour as the line is a quick and dirty way to fudge that effect.

I skimmed the layer mask tutorial as I'm pretty up to speed with them, but from what I saw the tutorial was well done.

I got the most out of the hillshading tutorial. I love the high pass trick. Trying to get a convincing canopy effect is one of the holy grails (we have to draw them from scratch for our fantasy maps though) but I'm sure there's a way I can re-purpose some of your techniques into fantasy map making. I have a feeling it is going to involve deforming a texture around a height map using the displace filter. Not sure yet.

You have very good diction and your explanations are clear. One small bit of feedback for you is that on occasions I found that you explained the same point repeatedly, but that may well be a plus in many people's books, particularly beginners. I've just ordered a 'proper' USB mike (I was torn between the Yeti and the Samson and went for the latter). Unfortunately we live right under the Heathrow flight path so I'll have to save my recordings for night time!

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Thanks for the feedback ravells, I definitely need to check out the fantasy map forums more often than I do for inspiration. I've noticed the repetition myself and it's one of those things that I would normally remove through better script revisions or in post-production editing, but these particular movies needed to get uploaded quickly for the URISA conference attendees, so I skipped that portion. From producing work for Lynda.com, as with making maps, I've come to realize that a proper round or two of editing is the most important piece of the puzzle. 


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No worries. Thanks for the Lynda.com steer! I'm thinking of doing a few video tutorials as well, but I have a terrible tendency to 'um' and 'ah' when I speak which I'm going to have to deal with! I'm also prone to rambling!


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Great job Adam!

 

I have dabbled using Jing for very simple screen recordings (it's free and simple) and have occasionally thought of putting something more elaborate together.  It's fun to explore the cartographic workflow of others and I think you did a top notch job with the recording.  I am tending to like video tutorials a bit better than html pages and I think around 5 minutes is a good mark to hit with respect to length - but that's probably heavily induced by hectic workflows.  I look forward to more.  

 

I would even be interested in hearing/watching cartographers pick their colors - which sounds boring - but I think it's one of the more intriguing things we do.


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Great job Adam!

 

I have dabbled using Jing for very simple screen recordings (it's free and simple) and have occasionally thought of putting something more elaborate together.  It's fun to explore the cartographic workflow of others and I think you did a top notch job with the recording.  I am tending to like video tutorials a bit better than html pages and I think around 5 minutes is a good mark to hit with respect to length - but that's probably heavily induced by hectic workflows.  I look forward to more.  

 

I would even be interested in hearing/watching cartographers pick their colors - which sounds boring - but I think it's one of the more intriguing things we do.

 

You know you're a cartographer if your gut reaction to a video on picking map colors was, "cool, I'd watch that!".

 

Your're a cartograhic nut if you also want to watch a video on cartographers laying type!

 

I want to see both please!


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