View Full Version : Four days to create a map

02-21-2011, 07:30 AM

Im actually playing Warhammer RPG, and next friday, my players will go to a place called BARREN HILLS. Its a dry region, with dead trees, totally desert, with very mounts and caves.

Ive only 4 days to design a good looking map. Ive tried CC3, but its a little hard to me, interface a bit strange. Im a designer and a expert in Photoshop and Illustrator, so I can design that map very fast using them.


- Can I use the CC3 symbols and elements in Illustrator? And photoshop? How can I do it?
- Is there some package to download with a lot of vectors symbols to design a map?

Help me! lol


02-21-2011, 07:37 AM
hmmm... I've imported some CC2 symbols into Illustrator some years ago ... but I seem to remember something going a little wrong with it - or being difficult. Try asking NeonKnight he knows all there is to know about CC3 :)

Are you going to design a battlemap or a campaign map... for campaign maps I like Pasis' tutorial about making mountains (and such) used that for my Mountain Realms (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10461-Mountain-Realms-a-region-map.) map :) AND its for photoshop.

02-21-2011, 10:47 AM
Its a overland map. Ive tried to export to AI but dont work (bad exporting).

02-21-2011, 11:14 AM
I don't know about exporting the symbols to anything else, but it should work as they are simply PNG images after all. If you navigate to the folder for the Symbol Cataloags, you should find the PNG symbols.

Of course, if you want to make a map in CC3, just ask me where you are having diffculties.

02-21-2011, 11:18 AM
There are a lot of brushes in the elements forum such as Ramah's Aronbor Mountains (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?7573-Mountain-brushes-from-Ramah-s-Aronbor-map) and Immolate has used those to make some incredible maps, maybe you could look there as well?

02-21-2011, 11:38 AM
if you want to go for a satellite style map without symbols, then you can do it all in photoshop. If you want a symbol map, then for trees I would do a search for Ramah's 'Tree thing' which is a javascript program which will generate symbol forests for you against a png mask which you create. Takes about 20 mins to learn how to use if that. It comes with a standard set of trees.

For mountains and towns and suchlike, there are photoshop brush sets that you can download but you'll have to hunt for them in the mapping elements section (::edit :: oops, sorry Jax, I'm repeating you!)

02-22-2011, 09:00 AM
I really want the brushes RAMAH used to create that map http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=17184&d=1254147418


02-22-2011, 09:54 AM
I think that he's very kindly put them in as one of the default sets for 'the tree thing' application he's written which you can download here. If you'd like to make your own brushes from them, then you might want to ask him first.

02-23-2011, 11:54 AM
Well, this is gonna be enough for my session. Not a great job but interesting for first time.


02-23-2011, 11:56 AM
I think it looks excellent! It's got atmosphere!

02-23-2011, 12:28 PM
I think it looks excellent! It's got atmosphere!

Yup! looks great to me as well. :)

Have some rep for it too :D

02-23-2011, 05:22 PM
Sometimes it's the most simple things that work the best...especially for gaming sessions. I over-complicate everything so I don't know that I could ever do something like this.

02-23-2011, 05:28 PM
Looks good to me, sir :) Happy gaming!