There is a first time for everything.
Making maps, no matter what anyone will tell you, is an artistic process. The actualisation of ideas or visions from your mind. Most people will start by fiddling with a Map Editor and begin a learning process, which like in all things will either drive or drown the prospect of mastery.
It probably sounds terribly cliché to repeat the eternal addage; Practice Makes Perfect. Time tested and true there is no better method to learning. Some will find it easier than others, some will always seem to have that extra edge, but no one can tell from the start who will last. Time will tell.
You are having a hard time grasping a certain aspect? Don't give up. Slow down, take the time to really understand what it was that stumped you and no matter how slow, forward you will go. This is something that applies to almost anything in life, but somehow everyone seems to either be in a huge hurry, or to feel the need to prove to themselves how inadequate or useless the task really is.
I teach basic computer theory and operations to my private students, I have worked with children, elderly folk, executives and even to the learning impaired. The gift I always seemed to possess is a humble one, I can put myself in the place of the beginner with ease and explain things in order to make the ideas and concepts clear in his mind.
I am not an expert map maker, some of the things I will be explaining, I have learned the day I started working on the tutorial, probing the vast amount of effects one can achieve in map making, for something I was always curious about. The ladder in the tutorial is something I learned on the fly, because I had found the ladder in Midori's BAM4 map just great!
I hope experienced mapmakers will find the time to correct me if I am misleading in my attempt to give the beginner TF mapmaker a solid hold on the concepts associated with TF Maps.
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