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Post by Peter on 23rd January 2010, 16:13

Welcome to AIN! This is the place to say hi and tell us about yourselves. If you have any questions, this is also a great place to ask us anything regarding AIN or Sim City! Feel free to check out our informational thread. Or you can just check out the union forums and tell us what you think!


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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Aleks on 23rd January 2010, 16:52

Hey y'all, Im aleksfacco (Facco on st, and bobthebobthe elsewhere on the web). Y'all can just call me Aleks though
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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Thomas on 23rd January 2010, 16:58

Hi y'all I'm Thomas, I'm currently producing a CJ that will hopefully join AIN someday. Smile
I do have a question: HOW do you guys get so good at photoshopping?
The logos of your CJs, the adverts, writing on images are amazing.

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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Aleks on 23rd January 2010, 17:00

Withs me, practice and exparimenting
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Post by Aranho on 23rd January 2010, 17:43

Hello guys! You'll know me, I'm Aran. My username says it all.

Well Thomas, my answer is the same with Aleks: practice and experimenting. Others may use Photoshop to do these stuffs, but I use Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Paint and GIMP do help. With the techniques I have right now, I can't believe it how bad I was a year ago. Cheeky/Razz

Such skill takes time (about 2 years for me). Curiousity also plays a part.
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Post by Aleks on 23rd January 2010, 18:18

Yah, I learned what I know over about a year. I takes time
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Post by Thomas on 23rd January 2010, 18:29

Aranho wrote:Hello guys! You'll know me, I'm Aran. My username says it all.

Well Thomas, my answer is the same with Aleks: practice and experimenting. Others may use Photoshop to do these stuffs, but I use Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Paint and GIMP do help. With the techniques I have right now, I can't believe it how bad I was a year ago. Cheeky/Razz

Such skill takes time (about 2 years for me). Curiousity also plays a part.

Do you mean something like this?


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Post by Aranho on 23rd January 2010, 18:39

For starters, yes. Smile

Play with the features on Powerpoint, you'll discover stuff you'll never expected on Powerpoint.
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Post by Blakeway4 on 23rd January 2010, 18:51

Hi, I'm Blakeway, I truly hate photoshop, not because I don't think it is awsome!! but because I'm still stuck with it Sad Viva Paint!) Cheeky/Razz I'm Blakeway everywhere, that's a universal username for me. I'm from Montréal, Québec - The best place of the World! I'm speaking English (just a bit, LOL learning it from 4 years about now), French (totally, it is my first language) and learning Spanish at school since this year Cheeky/Razz Holà, soy Blakeway! I'm a separatist, I want the Québec beeing independent from Canada and a country. I wish I'll be one day better then all of you in SC4, that's why I'm here twice, trying to surpass you all! Cheeky/Razz

I'm not good at photoshiping, so if someone ask me to help him, I'll said: "Paint own" so don't be sad with that...

Call me bob if you want but it's not my name.
Yo deseo ser arquitecto. Mi perro es fantastica! Ella es una perra Wink
I'm the creator of the fictive country of Lydosia.
I'm actually working on Prodisiac, the capital of the Republic of Lydosia.
I think French is the beautifulest and the greatest language of the World.
Perhaps, English is the best to sing on Cheeky/Razz It sound special. When I heard songs in French, I understand too much the lyrics so it is more boring. LOL

I like alot music, like The Beatles in particular. I hate rap, sorry for people who like it but I don't.

I think I said alot about me, so it's your turn guys!
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Post by JJ on 23rd January 2010, 19:40

Hey y'all I'm Sharaunque1 everywhere but please call me JJ! I am working on the ficticious country of Ascadylea and just recently became a Jr. Member of AIN! I enjoy going out to the club! I use a combination of all of these programs. I take advice from everyone. I use Paint, PowerPoint and PhotoShop!
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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Peter on 23rd January 2010, 23:48

Welcome to AIN you guys!

@Thomas: Just like everyone above me said, you just have to experiment and practice with photoshop. There's a buncha tutorials on how to make stuff and if you see something here at AIN and want to know how its done, just post that pic in the Member Services Forum and we will try and help you!

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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Edge on 24th January 2010, 01:23

Hey JJ, welcome! Hope you have a good time here! Smile
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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Thomas on 24th January 2010, 08:39

Thanks Peter, thanks everyone. I'm going to keep working on PowerPoint, hopefully I'll get a half-decent banner for my pictures. Smile

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Post by Neil on 24th January 2010, 17:57

Hey everyone,

I'm Neil, 16. Doing my GCSEs atm so I'll be active one minute and gone the next until the summer when I'm hoping to contribute more to the union. I'm currently rebuilding my nation - Holidia into a more realistic CJ loosely based on Northern Ireland (very loosely based).

I'm also working on a website, blog thing for the sheer bant and to help me get familar with some basic web design for a course I have to take.
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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Thomas on 29th January 2010, 18:48

Another question (I'm full of these!), how do you guys get such amazing maps? I've tried, but it's impossibly hard to get a decent one. :study:

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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Aleks on 29th January 2010, 18:49

i just make them one city at a time
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Post by Thomas on 29th January 2010, 20:13

I mean, a map of the nation (like something done in paint, showing the roads, major cities and stuff) Smile

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Post by Aranho on 30th January 2010, 19:58

Basically it's a mixed of Photoshopping and with the help of SimCity 4 Region maps as a reference and a guidance. It can also be done using Paint and PowerPoint. Google Earth or any detailed online maps can be useful too. Practice and patience are a kep to make such maps though, but once you've gotten the basic skills, a map should be a breeze to you. Smile

For my method of a country map (by using my country Lanna as an example), I take a snapshot of Northern Thailand using Google Earth and import it to PowerPoint. With a brief research, I determine the size of the country that I wanted and, using the Freeform function (for 2007 edition, Insert > Shapes > Lines > Freeform), I trace the outline I wanted. By adjusting the curves a little and deleting unneccessary points via Edit Shape function, I've gotten the outline I wanted and deleted the Google Earth image, revealing the country map. A little color change and a professional looking map is complete.

Remember, there are always various methods you can use. Just experiment and always remember to have fun! Smile
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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Daniel on 31st January 2010, 01:25

Thomas - For me it's rather painstaking. I don't have Photoshop, so I use Paint. With SC4 open, I go to the stats menu in Mayor Mode and show the map, with all stats turned off. I then take a screenshot and import it into Paint, where I cut out the map and delete the rest of the image. I don't resize large maps, but medium maps need to be resized to half, small maps need to be resized to half and then half again. Once I've done every city in the region, I piece it all together and then add details like borders and cities. It usually takes about a day, but I keep all the map segments and a completed blank map in a separate folder in case there are any changes. It make editing a lot easier than starting from scratch.

For the political map, I had to spend a couple of hours making the colours uniform - tracing out the coasts and essentially colouring it all in. It took an evening, but, like the physical map, I keep a blank in a separate folder.
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Post by Liberater444 on 31st January 2010, 01:44

Hi! I am Liberater444, as on ST; you may find that name on some other sites as well. You can also call me Geoff. I'm from the Chicagoland area, born and raised.

I am white.

I enjoy running Track and soccer.

I listen to mainly rock, alternative, and house/trance (dance) music.

I am a war junky; I research military topics at random for fun.

I am interested in World Cultures and Studies, and history. I may major in History but so far there has not been a good career that I am interested in.

I am currently writing a military novel, with a fairly creative plot (in my opinion)

And lastly I play CoD MW2 and some other games on Xbox Live
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Post by emgmod on 31st January 2010, 02:18

I'm emgmod.
I live in Hawaii.
Figure the rest out yourself.
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Post by Guest on 31st January 2010, 04:01

I'm 976. All of my acounts are same. You can always add my facebook: Sc4gamers@yahoo.co.id
I'm live in Kuta, Bali

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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Aranho on 31st January 2010, 15:40

Hello guys!

Bali ay. Nice to see a fellow Asian in AIN. I'm from Singapore btw. Smile
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Re: Original Introduction Thread

Post by Blakeway4 on 3rd April 2010, 23:10

New members and no new posts here since a while?????

I'm Blakeway glad to meet you all! Laugh
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Post by Guest on 4th April 2010, 01:02

Aww. They just forgot about it.

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