Now that we have the rough coastlines just in the middle of the transition from the land to the coast we want to make a transition from the border line towards the main land. Well, you'll see what I mean. In general it's the same technique as we have use already before. This time featuring some magic...
Select the MAGIC WAND TOOL ("T"), a very powerful tool which does practically everything by itself. Adjust the Tolerance property to a value of approx. 10 (percent) at the Option Palette and uncheck the Anti-aliased box. The Tolerance value is rather important as it determines how different the color values are allowed to be in order to be included in the selection. The Magic Wand Options should look like shown at the pciture below. Eventually you have to adjust the settings to your personal needs. Play around a bit with the tool and you will see how it works.
Now click with the wand on an
isle of your interest. You should be able to select the whole isle now.
Well, perhaps you won't capture the whole isle with one click only. In this
case press SHIFT and click on the part of the isle you didn't manage to
capture. The selection should expand then.
Additional hint: Whenever you need to select something and it doesn't work out with the first click (very likely to happen whenever the colors of the areas which should be seperated are very similar) try first adjusting the Tolerance level. You can also try selecting everything you can catch with the MAGIC WAND TOOL and then add some smaller parts to the selection manually. To do this use the LASSO TOOL ("L"). If you press SHIFT when using the lasso you can add some parts to the original selection, when pressing ALT while using the lasso you can reduce the selection. Used with CTRL you can move the selection.
Now back to our beloved AIRBRUSH TOOL ("J"). Use the tool exactly in the way as it is shown at the picture below: Select a darker grey and use a larger brush size and move along the line you just selected. Only part of the brush will indeed hit the picture and draw there. The part not selected will not be affected by the brush.
Continue with your efforts step by step on every single island so that you will end up with a final result which looks pretty close like this. Now, isn't that something?
The land masses are still a
bit too "artificial", consisting in the center only of very few
colors. So we try to do add some manual improvements which make the map look
Grab the SMUDGE TOOL ("R"). And yeah, this is the tool Arti likes most. Reminds me of the time when I drew landscapes on the new white tables at school using my pencil and smudging the lines in order to achieve some nice effects. We do the same here: Use a smaller brush and smudge the coastlines towards the center of the land masses, but only from east to west or from west to east. Now everything looks much more interesting, don't you think so?
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