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04-18-2013, 12:57 PM
Hey there !

I've been quite silent during some time while I was feeding myself with all the quality advices from this great community !

The world I work on is a top-down world building project I've been setting up for a while now. After I did all the geology and climate stuff I wanted to present a world map in a photo-satellite style. You will probably notice that something is still missing. I need to work on it... later...

I can't exactly remember how I managed to work this out but I used many tutorials from the forum. Alas I didn't write them down so I'm quite unable to find them all again...

First, I used the Ridge Heightmap Tutorial (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/1470-award-winner-building-ridge-heightmap-ps.html) to get my heightmap a little more interesting. Then I brought it to Wilbur so I can simulate precipitation based erosion. Afterwards I returned it to Photoshop and tried the Realistic Elevation Photoshop Brushes (http://www.cartographersguild.com/mapping-elements/10303-realistic-elevation-photoshop-brushes.html). With the result, I made a shaded heightmap through lightning effect. Finally I used a satellite world map to pick here and there some region in order to prepare some pattern for stamping. I covered a new layer with these patterns following the climate and biomes map I finished earlier.

Thank you for all the precious material on this forum, I'm in your debt !


mystic badger
04-25-2013, 02:10 PM
Nice work ! Hoping to know a little more of your world !

- Max -
04-25-2013, 02:20 PM
Looks pretty good but I feel a bit of disapointment since it doesn't really looks like a finished map without labels and others needed informations (scale/graticules/compass and so...)

04-25-2013, 10:09 PM
I'd say you've accomplished your goal: looks very much like a satellite map. Nice work, but I agree with Max, would have been nice to see some labels.


04-30-2013, 03:03 AM
Thanks for your comments. I agree with you concerning the lack of labels; probably I should have posted this map under work in progress in order to preserve viewers from such a disappointement. Or perhaps just consider this as a "finished" satellite map.
Nevertheless, since I am working from macro to micro-scale, I haven't done yet any kind of culture/civilization/language for this world. How should I name the seas, the continents, the mountains and such with no "local" language ? That's the main reason why the map seems a little bit empty. I need to be done first with the plants and animals to know exactly where will the different proto-civilizations settle down.

Again thank you for the encouragement and I hope to share a bit more with you later on !