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LampitosGames
07-04-2013, 08:06 PM
Hi guys, this is my first map ever, so pointers are super welcome :). I've just finished the rivers and the land. I'm going for a paper-looking style, and I think it is very good so far. I would like to know what I could do for mountains. I want to go with a tolkien-style mountain, but maybe a little more realistic? I don't know, but any tutorials you can point me towards would be fantastic. In my quick 30 minute search I could not find anything. So here it is, I'll update when I have more progress

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Viking
07-04-2013, 11:34 PM
Hi! Great looking map so far!
Hopefully you can find some good tutorials for mountains! There are so many different options right? I'm surprised you wouldn't do the mountains first as they'd determine where the rivers are but that's okay, you can still work it. The first thing I think about is that the island in the centre between the two land masses would be extremely strategic! I imagine you'd get a city or two there to be sure!

arsheesh
07-04-2013, 11:44 PM
Looking really nice so far. The style looks like one jzelf's tutorial (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/2557-award-winner-making-maps-photoshop.html) maps, if you aren't using his tutorial than you may want to have a look at it and see if it's what you're after. I think hand drawn is definitely the way to go for this style. I'd also recommend checking out Torstan's Assorted Tips and Tricks tutorial (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/16819-award-winner-assorted-tips-tricks-6.html).

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

LampitosGames
07-05-2013, 12:47 PM
I have a hand-sketched map for where everything is going :)

Lingon
07-06-2013, 03:49 AM
Looks cool so far, some very nice shapes there. The river positioning makes it easy to visualize where the mountains are, so it seems like you've thought it through well! Personally, for that kind of map, I'd draw some stylized mountains by hand and scan (or photograph if you don't have a scanner), and play around with filters and opacity on them to make them blend in with the rest of the map.

katiedidit120
07-06-2013, 07:53 PM
Hi guys, this is my first map ever, so pointers are super welcome :). I've just finished the rivers and the land. I'm going for a paper-looking style, and I think it is very good so far. I would like to know what I could do for mountains. I want to go with a tolkien-style mountain, but maybe a little more realistic? I don't know, but any tutorials you can point me towards would be fantastic. In my quick 30 minute search I could not find anything. So here it is, I'll update when I have more progress

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Hi there!

I'm new here. Could you please tell me what program you used to create this map? I'm looking for a program I could use to create a similar style map.

In regard to your Tolkien-esque mountains, would it be possible to create a brush like in Photoshop?

As I said, I'm new to all of this, so I'm trying to figure out the best techniques to do things.

Great map!

LampitosGames
08-26-2013, 03:35 PM
@ katiedidit120
I'm using photoshop :)

Also, this is kind of another update. I've been traveling/doing other stuff and haven't really had any time to work on my map. As of now, I started with a mountain style, and really do not like it. I will most likely scrap it, and hand draw my mountains, lol. For creating brushes, I've tried playing around with the settings, and I really do not like how the mountains I've drawn overlap. It looks very weird, any ideas on how to fix that?

Midgardsormr
08-26-2013, 03:42 PM
It's hard to say without being able to see what you've done so far. If the problem you've got is that the mountains in the back are visible even though there are other mountains in front of them, then I do have a possible solution:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/7336-award-winner-photoshop-using-clone-stamp-tool-better-brush-work.html

LampitosGames
08-26-2013, 04:01 PM
It's hard to say without being able to see what you've done so far. If the problem you've got is that the mountains in the back are visible even though there are other mountains in front of them, then I do have a possible solution:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/7336-award-winner-photoshop-using-clone-stamp-tool-better-brush-work.html
this is the most helpful thing I have seen while I've been on this website. Thank you so much!

LampitosGames
08-26-2013, 06:03 PM
Alright, my mountains are drawn. They turned out MUCH better with pencil/paper. I hate drawing on the computer, lol.


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Chashio
08-26-2013, 06:28 PM
Those are pretty mountains! Additional thought for mountain brushes in photoshop... the clone stamp technique is good. Using the history brush tool can also be useful at times, especially if you want to put something into the middle of a mountain range you've already placed.

Midgardsormr
08-26-2013, 07:01 PM
this is the most helpful thing I have seen while I've been on this website. Thank you so much!

Wow, thanks! I mean, I'm certainly proud of the tutorial, but hearing things like that is a big boost of my confidence!


Those are pretty mountains! Additional thought for mountain brushes in photoshop... the clone stamp technique is good. Using the history brush tool can also be useful at times, especially if you want to put something into the middle of a mountain range you've already placed.

Care to give us a rundown of that process? I know the history brush can do some cool stuff, but I've never taken the time to get to know it.

Chashio
08-27-2013, 12:00 AM
Care to give us a rundown of that process? I know the history brush can do some cool stuff, but I've never taken the time to get to know it.

Sure, or at least I'll try... I'm not that great at explaining things... wordy and roundabout :)

The basic concept is that the history brush tool works like the history panel... you can go back to a previous state, but because it's a brush tool you can do it much more selectively.

You choose the history brush from the tool panel and pick whatever brush settings you want; I often use a grungy brush with some texture to get a similar look to what you can with lifting pigment when watercolor painting, but for my previous suggestion with the mountain brushes I'd choose a hard brush at full opacity to get a clean edge. Add thought, it's a good idea to save any brush settings or other tool you like as a preset (tool presets panel, create a new tool preset button) so you can get it back without fussing endlessly with settings.

Okay, so the history brush is useless without setting the history point, which you do in the history panel (there's a column of squares on the left side). Pick the point you want to use as your backup. Note that the history tool is somewhat layer-existence specific, so it won't work if you choose a point then create a new layer and try to use it on that layer.

Once you've figured all that to your liking and you have your history point set, let's say it's at the present, latest point just to illustrate how this works... Paint a stroke with the regular brush tool, or erase a stroke with the eraser, then pluck up your history brush and go back over it. Only the section that you touch with the history brush will be affected back to the point that you chose. Very useful for making little fixes to individual strokes.

So, in context with the mountain clone stamp (assuming solid mountains), you could put an additional mountain between two existing ones by setting your history point to the present, stamping your new mountain in the place you want and then using the history brush to erase the bits where it overlaps the mountain peaks that belong in front. Of course, if you don't want to use the history brush tool or your intended history point has elapsed for some reason, you could just stamp the mountain onto another layer and mask or erase the bits that don't belong, then merge the layers.

All make sense? Anyone have a more interesting use for the history brush tool?

LampitosGames
08-28-2013, 01:22 AM
Thanks for the history brush tips, came in handy quite a few times today.

Anyways, quick update before I go to bed. This is what the mountains look like so far. I'm debating whether or not to add some faded color to the mountains, trees, deserts, etc. As always, any critique is much appreciated, suggestions as well; I want this map to be epic!

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Chashio
08-28-2013, 03:59 AM
That's a nice arrangement of mountains. Try some colors on a small section + separate layer and see what happens... you may have to lighten your parchment some to keep the colors from mudding too much, depending on what coloring method you use.