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Invictys
06-24-2013, 12:23 PM
An encounter map of a Sandy Ravine I made in Photoshop CS6 playing around with height maps.

I've attached a 2000x2000 version as well as a 4096x4096 version in case someone wants to crop it to use just a portion.

I used the excellent height map tutorial (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/16688-bumpmaps-photoshop-quick-guide.html) by Pasis to do this as well as his sample height maps (http://www.cartographersguild.com/mapping-elements/16680-heightmaps.html)

I think it came out looking pretty sweet. I can't thank Pasis enough for the tutorial!

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4096x4096 (4mb)
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Invictys
06-24-2013, 12:45 PM
Same map but with green foliage covered hills and a cobblestone road for use in non-arid landscapes =)

This one came out a bit darker than I'd like so I have a lighter version too

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lighter
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Simon33600
06-24-2013, 04:57 PM
Wow, the height map looks awesome!

Meshon
06-24-2013, 11:15 PM
Nice topography! And thank you for the link, I will definitely see what I can do with this.

cheers,
Meshon

nyogtha
06-25-2013, 07:24 AM
Good work, thanks for this nice map !

Nyogtha

Ben Burch
06-26-2013, 06:04 PM
i like the lighter one quite a bit more, i love the amount of detail in such a small area

Londonsmee
06-26-2013, 06:37 PM
Can i suggest try playing with different blending modes in layers. you could get some nice contrasts. For you made some nice work but looks like a spray can of colour. Maybe a noise layers with some other colour blended. over the rocks. ( only suggested as you said newbie to PS ) plus some masks over the vegetations. Masks and layers are you friends.

Invictys
06-26-2013, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the feedback =)

@Londonsmee I agree could do more on the coloration side of things. I'm very much still learning Photoshop at the moment, getting better all the time but still a relative newb! Thanks for the suggestions I will try them