After a lot of trial and error, I’m really pleased with the final outcome.
This is a local lake I’m fond of that straddle’s Northeast Tennessee / Southwestern Virginia. Used a height map that I had to posterized, then vectorize, then seriously lighten the tone of everything. IIRC the lowest grey color value I used was a medium grey at
#888888. During testing though the lake was vanishing in the elevation. So I made it the only thing that was pure black at
#000 to get these results. Look closely and you can see where the dam is located in the lower left and the river flow afterwards. I have versions with road maps and topo lines as well, but at the small test sizes I was originally doing it was just too much. Dido for the original elevation on 1/8" Med. Maple Proofgrade. I’m gonna scale this up and I think the extra road & topo details will work well on a bigger version—that’ll be a later post if successful. Here’s a shot of a small test one that turned out interesting with true depth map.
I noticed leaving it as vector made it take f o r e v er vs. flattening it all asa PNG or JPG (doing that to a duplicate later of course, that vector version is to be prized. As for the nearly matching thumbnail coloring—well that just came from all the hard work
Love to hear what you guys think. Critic’s welcome. Any suggestions on pricing for sale would be appreciated too. I’m currently hovering around the $50 mark. To high? To low?