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ChicagoMay
11-12-2011, 09:34 PM
[Side note before I even begin. I'm currently burning a candle called Twisted Peppermint, and oh my God it smells so good. Just saying. Seriously. Yum! Now on to my post:]

Someone recommended watching Butch Curry's Fantasy Cartography with Adobe Photoshop on YouTube and I did. Watched the whole series and then last night went to the start and attempted to follow his tutorial. I haven't done all of it yet, but I wanted to share it and ask if you guys think it looks good or stupid :P I'm just doing this to practice some techniques on Photoshop which I had never used before. My graphic arts program experience is all from Paint Shop Pro 7 (which I still love!), but it's not the same at all. [OMG candle smells like candy canes... can I eat the hot wax?]

I've only done up to where he has just shown his way of doing water areas, so I have a lake and a forest so far. And the 'aged' paper. What do you all think? Am I doing okay for a newb at mapping and PS? [How the heck do I add a picture... Did I attach it right?]

Edited 11/13/2011 to add nearly finished project! What do you think?

Edited 11/13/2011 [again] to add finished project!

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ravells
11-12-2011, 10:06 PM
You're doing great! The paper texture is a bit strong for my taste, but I really like the way the trees have turned out! Nice water inking too. Those Butch Curry videos really rock!

Have some reputation for a great start!

ChicagoMay
11-12-2011, 10:14 PM
The paper texture is a bit strong for my taste...
Mine too actually, I just wanted to keep moving haha. I will probably go back to those layers a few videos from now when he shows me how to make it look like the 'drawings' are actually on the paper.


Have some reputation for a great start!
Lol, I have no idea what this means but yay! Thanks for your feedback. I'ma go look at your portfolio now haha.

Lukc
11-13-2011, 03:21 AM
It's looking nice. If you ask me, the texture's not too strong if that's the effect you're going for :)

I like the trees as well, I can just imagine a little rabbit tribe hiding in there, building mound cities.

Kurui
11-13-2011, 03:26 AM
I absolutely love the style this map is being created in. :D Keep it going.

ChicagoMay
11-13-2011, 11:45 AM
I can just imagine a little rabbit tribe hiding in there, building mound cities.

Oh my God, that's EXACTLY what is going on in there! There is actually two tribes though, and they are feuding. I have a feeling that there will be a Romeo and Juliet type plot going on in there, if not now, soon.

furiousuk
11-13-2011, 01:34 PM
Yeah, I agree, it's looking really good. I like the style too.

ChicagoMay
11-13-2011, 10:59 PM
Edited original post to add nearly finished map! I have like two videos left to watch but I'm not sure how much it'll change so for now it is only nearly finished.

I added more trees around the edge to make it look like there were trees where the ripped paper is. I've named my forest, lake, and village. Thanks to Lukc, it was easy to pick a name for the forest. I went with the rabbit idea and then translated it from English to... Finish? I think. Google translator was used. Made up some names for the lake and the village. Added lots of buildings and some docks, as well as a mini forest. I also went and changed the paper texture because it was too heavy for my liking.

Please, let me know what you think! Thank you!

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Larb
11-13-2011, 11:04 PM
I remember going through these tutorials when I first started to pick up photoshop too as they are pretty good. It's looking good although you might consider adding a stroke to your text to make it pop more.

eViLe_eAgLe
11-13-2011, 11:05 PM
Ahh.. Yes this tutorial, mines pretty bad! Yours is nice, definitely the trees... Good job!

ChicagoMay
11-13-2011, 11:29 PM
...you might consider adding a stroke to your text to make it pop more.

:?: How do I do that now? Everything I know in Photoshop I learned in the video... and I've already forgotten most of it :P

ChicagoMay
11-13-2011, 11:48 PM
Just added the final version of my map. Just lightened it up a bit and added a border.

ravells
11-14-2011, 03:48 AM
Here's a quick photoshop tip when you're drawing buildings using the brush tool. If you want straight lines (not sure if you did in this case but if you do), then choose the pen tool, put down a dot, hold down the shift key and put a new dot down where you want the end of the line to be and PS will draw a straight line between the two points.

ChicagoMay
11-14-2011, 10:35 AM
Thanks for the tip ravells! I can't remember exactly what I did, but I didnt use the brush tool for them. I used the pen tool to make a path for where all the buildings where going to be. I followed the video for that part.

Larb
11-14-2011, 12:15 PM
:?: How do I do that now? Everything I know in Photoshop I learned in the video... and I've already forgotten most of it :P

In the layers window at the side, when you add your text, it should appear on a separate layer. You can double click the layer to open the LAYER STYLES window (which looks like the attached image).

The layer styles are a great thing to play with but to just stroke something (it will apply the style it to EVERYTHING on that layer which is why you want the text you still stroke on it's own layer), select the Stroke check box. You then select the stroke weight, colour, etc etc.

You can also just turn it off or edit it if you don't like the style. Layer styles are fun to play around with and can save a lot of work (for example if you wanted a black outline around all of your buildings or whatever.

ChicagoMay
11-14-2011, 04:04 PM
Thanks Larb, I'll play around with it laters and see how I like it!

Gamerprinter
11-17-2011, 11:23 AM
The only thing in your style of map that gives me pause is the equal spacing between all the buildings - seems somewhat unnatural. While it still works, I think that your main public buildings should have good 'yard' space around them, the bulk of the smaller, private buildings would look better if they were closer together. Otherwise nice style.

GP

bradlavario
11-17-2011, 11:37 AM
I am digging the embossed parchment, looks like cowhide.

ChicagoMay
11-20-2011, 11:19 PM
Thanks for mentioning that Gamerprinter. I pretty much just followed the tutorial, so all the spacing is roughly the same. Maybe I'll go back and play with it... or I'll keep that in mind for the next one of this style! :)