View Full Version : my first photoshop map

06-22-2010, 02:50 PM
i made this map using the tutorial for giveupalready.com. It's the first map for a much larger world, so i was just hoping to get some feedback, so what do you guys think?


tutorial link


06-22-2010, 03:12 PM
hi spectre - looking really good :)
I'd lighten up the ocean a bit to make the land stand out more - one way to do that is to select it and add an adjustment layer (or just go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and saturation).
And then add some more "nature" to the map - its a bit bare ... but nice first map, and have some rep for that :)

Steel General
06-22-2010, 03:57 PM
It's definitely a good start, not familiar w/that tutorial but it seems to give pretty nice results.

06-23-2010, 12:44 AM
here is a redone version with your comments added in.

06-23-2010, 01:28 AM
very nice :)

06-24-2010, 01:29 PM
here is another redo, all I really did was color the trees, but I think it adds a nice touch.

06-24-2010, 01:37 PM
it does, however the hills seem a little weak in comparison to the other elements, so I'd strengthen the lines and perhaps color those up :)

06-24-2010, 02:57 PM
i've actually been trying to color in the other parts to, but i can't get any of them to look right. Any suggestions?

06-24-2010, 03:02 PM
If you make your paper more to the brown/tan side then you can do the mtns in orange.

06-26-2010, 03:03 PM
alright i decided to darken the hills as opposed to coloring them in, and colored in the water (which took forever).

06-27-2010, 02:45 AM
I'd consider also adding in a "fade-out" mask onto the ocean.
You should be able to select the "water part" and then create a layer mask.
Then set up a gradient on that selection.
It should let the water be dark near the coastlines and fade out a bit further away. If set up well it looks like the coastlines have been gently painted with watercolours.

06-27-2010, 03:34 AM
the hills look much better now... and haven't you forgotten a water body in the north? :)

06-27-2010, 04:16 PM
so i did lol. and i tried to do the gradient thing with the water, is this what you meant?

06-28-2010, 03:30 AM
Something like that. A bit more obvious (darker near the land, lighter further away).