Draw the outer perimeter of the area you are mapping. If you got the map but no one can find the treasure don’t be upset and try to draw … http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v304/gweinel/overlay.jpg I start with the largest areas first. This is my core process for all maps. The next step identifies which interactions fit into which stages. I know you recommend Wacom Bamboo or Intuos. Do you know of anyone you could recommend? To help you get started the articles below will teach you step by step how to draw a map in the same style as the one below: Each of our tutorials comes with a handy directed drawing printable with all the steps included, as well as room to make your drawing. Then I switch the foreground and background colours to greys and build up the grey along the cliff. The grid is generally a 2px line, with ow fill opacity, and a shadow to help with definition. Here I use hard round brushes (with pressure sensitive opacity) for the river and houses. Thank you for the article. So – we’ve illustrated our cliff, and conveyed useful information about the relevant steepness at different portions of the cliff. I will continue to practice and looking forward for your next tutorials. Next you’ll need to roughly map out the proportions – this is a very important step. Thank you! Of course i am talking about seamless textures. I’ve tried a bunch of tablets, and I always come back to Wacom. On the overlay layer I use my grunge brush with dark blue and do a pass over the whole map to darken the tone and deepen the shadows. Lines are a very efficient way of conveying detail. Then mark the places for large objects on it. There appears to be a bug that can produce out of memory errors when trying to print. Here I decided to lay i a black outline to make it look like the map had a torn paper edge (you can check out the photoshop file to see how that was done), added a signature to the bottom right. Some people make the mistake of skipping this stage. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This allows me to define the bulk forms of the forest within the outline. The one thing I’d highlight is the river – at the moment it’s a single tone, with no light or shadow as it goes over the cliff. For your last drawing step, all you need to do is lightly add the dotted lines that makes this map look like a map. Your tutorial has helped me drastically step up my map game (though, I don’t think my players appreciate it as much). So if you’re going to get a Wacom tablet I’d recommend a more recent one to make sure you get the most out of it. I did my best to follow along on a larger scale, and I was wondering what you think: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6dg9V2d_TUFN0dkeEtsalMyckU/view?usp=sharing For the sketch, create a new layer and use a hard round brush. It’s easier to change it now before we start adding detail. Select all the copy layers, right-click ‘merge layers’ to get one layer with all the text as a single image. Draw a process map that shows the map as it is currently. All I’ve done over the years is doodle, really, but now I’m working on getting more serious about it. Can we translate your tutorial into Russian for http://rpg-news.ru? Before you draw in the light colored dotted lines, you will need to erase any guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one. It is diffeent then yours, but i wanted to ask you do you have any idea is is a good to buy it, or better go for Bamboo ? So far so good – but all that brown is getting me down a bit. I just came across your tutorials on mapmaking. Give the text a light stroke. I noticed that after your 1st overlay the shadows seems to be black, while mine transparent grey. This keeps the map hanging together colour wise. shapes with the one in the center larger then them all. I avoid heavily styled fonts for labeling – so no gothic fonts, no script fonts, and definitely no papyrus (unless you’re actually mapping a pyramid tomb). Now, let’s talk a little about brushes. For the forest I use short curved dashes. This darkens the shadows, but also adds a colder colour. Erase unnecessary lines as you go along. Repeat Step 2 and Step 3 Your tutorials help out more than you can think and I just wanted to say thank you. But make sure that you’re happy hand drawing maps first with traditional media. Yes! Man, I think this is your best one up until now. A topological map just shows routes from one point to another. You are almost done with this lesson, and as you can see, all you need to do is sketch in some water ripples which are scattered around the map, and then draw the mountain shapes on the skull island, as well as the hole for the skulls nose. Find out about each stage you need to go through in order to create your neighbourhood plan. If you have questions about this tutorial, throw them in the comments and I’ll answer them. twayneking (author) from Puyallup, WA on May 07, 2012: Step 3. I created an Elven Bard, and the region where he grew up would be to the North (In my mind, I’m using Vancouver and environs as locations). Draw a reasonably sized (colored) memorable central image that represents the topic you are going to be mapping. My steps in drawing a map are pretty consistent: I’ll go through each of these steps in order. D&D Dungeon Maps from Game Night at Tor.com, a full tutorial on how to design a town map, how to draw cliffs in different styles, check out this tutorial, laying in large amounts of buildings quickly, how to turn your paper map into digital line art, a tutorial for creating a grunge brush both in Photoshop, a full tutorial just on how to label a map, http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Intuos-Small-Tablet-CTL480/dp/B00EN27TCI/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1424661996&sr=1-4&keywords=wacom+intuos, http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v304/gweinel/1st%20test.jpg, http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v304/gweinel/overlay.jpg, http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v304/gweinel/1st%20testcropped.jpg, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6dg9V2d_TUFN0dkeEtsalMyckU/view?usp=sharing, https://drive.google.com/open?id=189LU9ZqWjG-o587pvXsaDbSOpTpbirWt. Kinda Fairly distributed. something with the opacity? A friend has the Pen & Touch ($100) and it’s also pretty good. With such a detailed walk-through, I feel like I know what to do now. Here I use the mid sized grunge brush to deepen the shadows on the edges of the tree groups away from the light (so the bottom right edges). shapes with the one in the center larger then them all. Within the folder is the original map I created followed by the remastered one made with your guidance. Alternatively, draw a circle and write some words inside the circle to represent that image. This is looking really good. So for print, you need to up the resolution by 3x. Finally, after deepening the shadows, I go back to the new overlay layer pick a nice bright highlight, and a small brush. I lay in a light shadow across all of the ground below the cliff. And equally a light pass with the highlight colour. Yea I forgot to thank you profusely for this site and the tutorial it’s awesome! You can also follow along using pen and paper, a scanner and a mouse. Here is "how to draw the United States", step by step. The deep shadows of a forest are darker than the shadows on a road. I mostly just make maps for my tabletop gaming group, which can sometimes require making a map on the fly. I it just that they’re a bit intense? Step 4. Detail here is actually pretty quick, and it makes life so much easier down the road. So we can keep all of that shading work we did, and add colour on top (again, here’s the blend modes tutorial for a refresher). Am a beginner, but amateur photographer, so have the digital tools I took a shot at one before finding your resources, as part of world building for a novel my friend and I are cowriting and found I loved it. Originally it started off with me researching and designing a Board Game (which I still am) but out of nowhere I’ve now become interested in mapmaking. But still i have difficulties to get nice outline like yours. Glad to hear it! This is a great trick to get labels to flow along features. As the cliff tapers out at either end, the shadows are less intense – but every cliff edge has a shadow against it. Thank you. On the first pass it will change a lot. Forests are messy. That’s a little challenging. However, I’m struggling to find someone in the UK who would be able to do a hands-on tutorial like the ones you have here. To make the map look tattered, or warn, all you have to do is draw a few notches or tears along the sides like so. Hi! Please do – with all appropriate credit and existing links. I would be doing maps by hand and using water color colored pencils, and even so, this gives a ton of tips that I will definitely use. The lining should be rocky or squiggly looking. We’ll be learning to draw many fun things together. You’re right, it’s a layer added at the end (but I do always have a grid visible whilst working). To do this we’ll use layer styles. Learning how to draw Australia is as easy as A, B, C.ollow our steps and you can create a realistic drawing.Create a single elongated shape figure. Start off by adding another overlay layer. Add some cracks on the top of the. I had to compare the two to see the difference. Three years later and it’s still helping game masters and cartographers, alike. (This was in Illustrator’s raster effects, but Outer Glow probably shares the same code base in Photoshop). Here I’ve used the style of line to sell the feature it represents. This means you don’t have to change colour hundreds of times, photoshop (or Gimp) will add the colour variation for you. Thanks a lot! They are different I swear. Nice tutoral. On the normal layer, I take a very low opacity dark blue and lay in cast shadows along the edge of the forest and along the edge of the cliffs. Then I found this AWESOME page and I made a really nice compass. Those look great! After laying in the extra shadow, I switch to the highlight colour and sketch in some highlights on top of these groups of trees. Your tutorial really seems to be standing the test of time! We could leave it at that. You can start by creating approximate circles, ovals or squares depending on the shape, then fine-tuning the edges to make the land area shape more accurate. Dear Jon, first of all I would like to thank you for the really incredible map tutorials that you have in your blog. Thank you! I’m not familiar with the Galaxy tablet – got a link? Here is the result of following a few of these tutorials: https://postimg.org/image/uly61slq9/, Used a mouse for the whole thing, I think it came out rather well. My steps in drawing a map are pretty consistent: sketch an outline; ink in the outlines; add detail lines; block in dark areas; add overall light and shade; lay in base colours; add detailed light and shade; label; final polish – border, colour balancing, tone balancing; I’ll go through each of these steps in order. Step 5. I have hard time finding something larger than 2000px x 2000px If i have canvas 3000px x 3000px, streching it makes it look bad. I’m really glad it helped. I also pick a dark brown. So I created two new layers – a normal layer (where what you draw is what you see) and another overlay layer. final polish – border, colour balancing, tone balancing. The map itself is a map of two towns, Bargewright Inn and Womford (one of which I transformed into a small city). I’ve not found them to be worth the extra size or expense. The shadow isn’t as dark as the forest itself, but helps to give the forest some dimension. Superb tutorial, thank you so much! Respectively there are others out there that are pretty good, but yours goes that extra mile. The vector stencils library Ireland contains contours for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I’d tend to stick with smaller tablets to start. A Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Choropleth Map in Google Spreadsheets. Cliffs tend to be steepest at the top, so I work into the top edge carefully (decreasing the size of the brush so that I can get a sharp edge there). Many people prefer going straight to the drawing. I pick a mid grey-blue and a hard edged brush. It adds some subtle shape and detail to an otherwise uninteresting piece of land. I’m part time painter/Artist (just for hobby)..working in IT company. This subtly pushes the lower ground into the background, and allows the reader to easily gauge that it’s lower than the land at the top. Feel free to use it for personal use. You just take it slowly and you’ll get a good map at the end of the day. Hey Jon, I then work into the forest with an almost opaque black. I have i question about texture. Since we created this mind map on a regular letter-format sheet of paper, the quantity of information that fits in there is very limited. Instead, offset the label from the feature it refers to in the nearest clear space. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. I lay in a very light scattering of shadow on the grassland to give it some form. Just finished this tut with a tablet. There’s a few refurbished ones on there too. This means that anything you draw on that layer won’t affect the underlying tone (light and dark) of your piece, but will set the hue and saturation. This means I can remove a little of the green, but not all of it. :) mr.cool on August 19, 2012: thanks. Are we done? 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