I am roleplaying a story online and the world we roleplay in is pretty vague. There are some nice descriptions but we were lacking a world map. So I scrolled the forums and found that some other roleplayers in the same world had created a map with all the cannon locations.
I know about some powerful software, Dundjinni and Campaign Cartographer that can create maps for fantasy worlds with pre-loaded art. I also found a useful site for inclinations towards using traditional Paint software. The site is called the Cartographers’ Guild so opting for the latter (due to price) I got to work.
It was a mix or trial and error with creating a replicant map showing an improvised geographical land rather than a purely geometric land. Although yes, I admit, both are hardly the things you wish to wow audiences with.
I used Paint.NET as it is simple, fast and is basically a PhotoShop with the ends cut off. But the techniques for layers, and applying digital effects are the same.
The map had a lot of layers, as I was creating from somebody elses project and wished to get some of the locations in the correct place.