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Table Top Gaming Mat


#1
Hi,

I was asked to deign a gaming mat for table top games (6x4 feet 1220 x 1830mm), I have never done anything like that in the past and was wondering if anyone has experience or tips. (I have done floor-plans before though)

Mainly in terms of scale, software, set up, time and charging. I do have a rough idea, but at the moment I am just guessing. I am mainly wondering if I am underestimating the project or if it is a lot simpler than I am thinking.

any comments are welcome :)
 

hankscorpio

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#2
What type of gaming mat, how many?

Seems relatively straight forward

design time x hourly rate
+ cost of printing
= total
 
#3
I did a general design of a 'grass' landscape this file then would go to the printer and be produced on rubber or fabric. Playing around with it I noticed that my computer has difficulties handling the file size and simple changes become chore. :(
(IMAC 27-INCH, LATE 2012 model, 16GB RAM and 3.4GHz) It could handle 3d rendering files but really struggles with this. Maybe I am doing something wrong :(

I have been using Photoshop and I am wondering if there is an alternative?
 

Paul Murray

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#4
Illustrator. I'd imagine using a vector format will speed up the process a little. I'd try and save details like grass until the end, or split the project up into smaller sections then composite them altogether at the end.
 
#5
I like the idea of splitting it. Would you split each layer into a new file of work on section like 4'x4' and stitch it together?
 

Paul Murray

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#6
I'd just split it up into sections. For example if the mat was 9x9 squares, I'd just create a square at a time with all layers. When all 9 squares are done I'd composite them into one larger file (or however the printer requires the final print file).
 
#7
I'd just split it up into sections. For example if the mat was 9x9 squares, I'd just create a square at a time with all layers. When all 9 squares are done I'd composite them into one larger file (or however the printer requires the final print file).

I will definitely try that :) Thank you!!!!