View Full Version : [Award Winner] Fractal Terrains, Wilbur & Photoshop: Multi-Styles Tutorial

06-05-2011, 11:55 PM
I made this (my first ever so it's a bit lengthy) tutorial a while back.. its posted on another thread but i thought i should give it a better home so here it is.

In the tutorial I go through the steps to create the entire map from Fractal Terrains > Wilbur > Photoshop.... and then within Photoshop i detail setting up and changing layers and their settings, kind of like recipes to achieve the various styles shown. I could obviously have added tons more detail but the tutorial was mainly targeted at the map style itself and the ease of changing a look using different combinations of layer styles.

Fractal Terrains, Wilbur & Photoshop: Multi-Styles Tutorial (http://www.worldofgotha.com/PF_TUTORIAL/israh_index.html)

;) ..also thanks to Ramah (Hand-drawn map elements) (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?8095-Hand-drawn-map-elements) & Coyotemax (Make your own Aged Paper textures) (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?7564-Make-your-own-Aged-Paper-textures) for use of some mapping elements used in the tutorial.

06-06-2011, 12:05 AM
I found your tut after I had been experimenting around with Wilbur and now I'd really like to give it a try myself. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your techniques with the community.


06-06-2011, 12:11 AM
Well I just saw your awesome Lothgar map.. thats actually what made me think of relocating this.

Steel General
06-06-2011, 08:57 AM
Nicely done... may have to give this a try at some point.

06-11-2011, 12:42 AM
Itīs a great source of information but very hard to master. There are tons of pitfalls to avoid, if you see them before you are right in the middle. Iīm missing the relationship between errosion and initial heightrange. I noticed you started out with mountains about 16km high. Whatīs the highest mountain after erosion? Is it possible to start out with more earthlike heightranges? This tutorial will haunt me for a few more nights but I hope to get it right. My first try with my Tarnath map was childsplay against this. repped!

06-13-2011, 11:47 PM
Difficult? Perhaps. But certainly rewarding. BTW, I was experimenting around this afternoon with my Lothgar Map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14914-The-Sands-of-Lothgar&p=156264#post156264) and used elements of your tutorial to come up with and "Israhed" variation. Didn't get quite as detailed as you do in your tut, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Thanks again a2area.

06-15-2011, 11:39 AM
I've been meaning to give this tut a try ever since a2area asked permission to use my brushes in it. I even bought FT Pro after i read through it and realised how great this tut was. :)
I might just have to make it next on my list of things to try and find the time to fit in.

06-15-2011, 02:58 PM
I know that it would be hard to do but what Iīm missing in the tut is an optical indication of the selection range in the pics. That would helb very much to adapt to other situations. But, as before, itīs good stuff.

07-13-2011, 05:47 PM
I tried to use a more earthlike hightrange, but I found out that you than have only mountains with 2.500m height after the erosion. So one must really start with high mountains.

Now I'm trying to find out what use the "add Noise" in the wilbur step has. Why is this done? It seems to have a rather odd effect on the map. Can I undo this step somehow?

07-27-2011, 02:50 PM
I am using the FT trial, but it doesn't seem to have the incise-flow tool. Is it a pro version only tool or do I have an old version of FT? I have demo version 2.2...???

07-28-2011, 12:18 AM
The demo version seems to still be an ancient FT Pro version from fiveish years ago. The version available from the registered download page at ProFantasy is version and I understand that newer versions than that are available from PF tech support.

Rumors are starting to circulate about FT3 being available somewhat later this year. Possibly even with a new demo version.

07-28-2011, 05:56 AM
Oh yum! Are there any rumours about what new features FT3 might have?

07-28-2011, 11:27 AM
Oh yum! Are there any rumours about what new features FT3 might have?

Not that I've heard yet.

02-09-2013, 04:41 AM
This canīt be forgotten. Digged it up last night and was fascinated again. THX...

01-12-2014, 11:08 AM
I've been making extensive use of this excellent tutorial for months now. I just went to it to look something up and I see it seems to have vanished from the site. :o

While I'm at it resurrecting this old thread, I'd like to point out that a2area does not seem to have a tutorial award for it yet. I'm sure we can get him one in short order, considering how useful these tutorials are.

01-16-2014, 02:10 AM
The link didnt work for me. And this tutorial looks sooo good :3

Someone halp?

01-19-2014, 01:23 AM
Try searching for "Israh" here at the guild. There should be quite a few discussions and iterations of that tutorial hereabouts.

01-28-2014, 05:31 AM
Huh, I just searched for the tutorial on the Web to correct the link but couldn't find it. I think the site may be down, whether temporarily or permanently I know not. I hope it returns though because it is indeed an invaluable tutorial.

01-28-2014, 10:22 AM
I managed to find the pages on the Wayback Machine, but without the images to illustrate it, it's not easy to follow. I really hope it comes back online.

04-27-2014, 10:42 AM
I hope so too.

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05-02-2014, 08:24 AM
Any similar tutorial instead? I really like the styles.

07-17-2014, 10:24 AM
Is that turorial lost ? The link is not working .

07-17-2014, 10:45 AM
The Israh tutorial does seem to be defunct. It has been reported that you can locate the raw text of the tutorial at archive.org, but the pictures seem to no longer be with us.

07-17-2014, 11:37 AM
Any link to that unpoctures residual piece?

07-17-2014, 09:23 PM
I went to archive.org and entered the URL shown for the original tutorial ( http://www.worldofgotha.com/PF_TUTORIAL/israh_index.html ). A link Feb 2013 appeared: https://web.archive.org/web/20130218133617/http://www.worldofgotha.com/PF_TUTORIAL/israh_index.html

07-17-2014, 09:49 PM
I happen to have a copy of the tutorial (and all extra files) that I ripped from the net a few years ago.

It's too big to upload to here but if people are interested I can upload it to my Google Drive as a single archive.

07-18-2014, 02:49 AM
It's a wonderful tutorial, so I'm sure many people will be interested. I certainly am. :)

07-18-2014, 07:00 AM
Yes please can you upload? PErhaps it coul dbe sticked or remastered in a pdf?

07-18-2014, 12:53 PM
Okay here's a link. Let me know if it works or not.


07-18-2014, 02:21 PM
Thankyou that works , I will begin tutorial now :) ...

Btw if u can you shoudl upload here on CG for everyone to see :) .

11-19-2014, 10:27 AM
Here's the website for that tutorial:


11-21-2014, 02:03 PM
Very cool, and some great resource links, thanks!