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Deep Woods Sample Map by Neyjour Deep Woods Sample Map by Neyjour
Deep Woods Sample Map © Christina Roberts (Neyjour) 2013

This is free sample map, made entirely with objects/elements and textures from a "Deep Woods" resource pack I'm working on right now.

Once the pack is finished and available for purchase (at RPGNow), I'll update this page with a zip download that will include a gridless version, and a labeled version that shows you exactly which pieces were used to create it. But until then, if you'd like to play on the gridded version, please feel free to download the full-rez, which is 1500x900 resolution (excluding the border) with a 100x100 pix grid.

~RULES~
:bulletred: Free to use for personal non-commercial purposes only.
:bulletred: Redistribution is NOT permitted. Please direct others to my deviantART gallery if they would like to download it.
:bulletred: My maps are NOT stock. Do not alter, manipulate, chop up, extract pieces, etc., and redistribute as your own work.
(If I find more instances of this happening, my maps will no longer be made available for free use.)


The pack will be for personal/private and commercial use, and will include everything you need to make lush, photorealistic, woodland battlemaps. Full-foliage (top-down) trees will not be included; instead, I'll be providing several canopy shadows (made from water reflections of real trees) that will allow you to create an "under the canopy" effect, like you see here.

Everything in the pack is 100% original, cut and created from my own photos, taken on our own property. I'm also hoping to visit the Huntsville State Park sometime in the next couple weeks. The one thing missing from the pack at the moment is rocks. We have 32 acres of woods (and I've walked every inch of it!) and there's not a single rock to be found anywhere...just some exposed, rocky ground and small stones. Hopefully I'll be able to find some actual rocks/boulders (preferably mossy ones!) in the state park. LOL!! :P

Excluding all of the seamless textures and texture overlays, I have 193 objects already cut and finished, quite a few that still need to be cut out, and of course more photos to be taken when I visit the state park. So there's going to be a very large selection to choose from, including: canopy shadows, fallen tree logs, fungi, logs & wood, mold patches, moss clumps, mossy wood, plants, rocks, tree roots, and tree stumps. There's also going to be a number of seamless textures and texture overlays, including: dead leaves, dry moss, mossy ground, muddy debris, muddy ground, muddy water, pine needles, swampy ground, wet cracked ground, and wet rock. I also want to include a selection of vines as well.

I just want to note that this is not going to be a "ready to use" same-scale art pack. It's a resource pack, with all objects provided in various large resolutions (in .PNG format, with small, subtle drop shadows and transparent backgrounds) that will need to be resized down to your desired scale. And I strongly recommend that you have a working knowledge of some of the basic editing tools in your favourite image editing program (GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, etc.). Tools such as brightness/contrast, curves, sharpness, colour change/adjustment, drop shadow, layer opacity, etc., will greatly enhance the cohesion and esthetics of your map environments. This sample map is an example of what can be created with just a fraction of the objects and textures in this pack, using the tools I just mentioned.
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Jacktannery Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is very beautiful Neyjour, I especially love the tree trunks and roots. What a lovely garden you must have!
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much Jack! :)

We have 32 acres of woods, and I've made several hours-long treks through it in the past couple weeks for this pack.  It's tons of fun looking for all the different things to photo (especially the fungi) but by the time I make my way back to the house, I feel like an old crippled woman.  Too much bending over to take close-up/macro shots.  LOL!! :P
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DarthAsparagus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. I like the idea with the canopy shadows. Looking forward to the resource pack.
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much. :)
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jcarlhenderson Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I want to be Neyjour when I grow up :)

Have you decided on a price for this resource pack yet?
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe.  :P  Thanks!  Glad you like it! :D

I haven't decided on a price yet.  I've been trying to find similar products, to get an idea of pricing, but haven't had any luck at all.  The only products I've been able to find with similar amounts of objects (in the hundreds) are art packs, and even those seem to vary quite a bit; some are just a few dollars, and others are as high as 20 dollars or more. 

With art packs, everything is ready to use.  Just add your objects, position them where you want, and you're pretty much good to go.  So you can get good looking results fairly quickly and easily.  However, you're restricted to a certain scale.  With a resource pack like mine, there's more work involved (resizing and editing/tweaking each object to get cohesive, good looking results), but there's also much more flexibility with scale.  If you want a massive tree trunk as the focal point of your map, a forest of huge tree-sized mushrooms, or a jungle path with huge overgrown vegetation, you can do that. 

So...what to do?  I've kind of put pricing on the back burner for the time being, until I've finished the pack and know exactly how many objects there's going to be.  But I do know that I want to make it affordable for everyone...not something that the average person will look at and think: "I'd really like to have that, but I just can't afford it right now".  So, comparing it to the art packs I've seen, I'm leaning towards the middle-low range with pricing.  Maybe 6-8 dollars, depending on how large the pack is when I'm completely finished.
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jcarlhenderson Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I would pay eight dollars in an instant and I'm broke.
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, thanks for letting me know!  I hope others will feel the same, that that price range is affordable even if they don't have extra money to burn. :)
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Bogie-DJ Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Excellent work Neyjour,  photorealistic is my fav!  Well done!
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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