View Full Version : [Award Winner] Desert pools

02-11-2009, 10:33 AM
So I was doodling around in Photoshop with no goal in mind...and my doodling produced the "map" below. I'm thinking it's part of a sandy desert currently flooded by an unexpected rainfall. My question is, does it work for you? As in, do you also see a sand dune desert with pools of water?

02-11-2009, 11:53 AM
Yep, works for me at least.
Cool idea btw.

Steel General
02-11-2009, 01:09 PM
Pretty much the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was sand and water. :)

02-11-2009, 03:25 PM
Try this link...


02-11-2009, 04:50 PM
Works for me...put in some fields and irrigation ditches, some paths and carts and tents and you've got a proper flooded Nile valley.

02-15-2009, 01:48 PM
Beginings of a very nice shaded relief mountain style there. Can you remember how you got to this result?

02-16-2009, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the replies people. I don't think I'll do anything more with this particular map, since it's obviously the middle of nowhere and I don't have any idea what to do with it.

@Ravells: Yes, and I have a brush and layer style saved for it. It does make for some nice sand dunes, and decent mountains as well with some adjustment. Let me know if you want them.

02-16-2009, 03:30 PM
Yes please!

02-16-2009, 09:44 PM
Yes please!

02-17-2009, 03:09 AM
Abso-frickin-lutely... please!

02-17-2009, 06:08 PM
Okay, I fiddled about a bit with it and made two different brushes for mountains, and one for sand dunes. Please note that these will only work if you apply the accompanying layer style. .tpl files go in the tools folder, .asl files go in the styles folder.

These example mountains and dunes were made in about 10 seconds, so I'm sure you can do better.

I eagerly await seeing what you all can do with 'em. :)

02-17-2009, 07:19 PM
I am forever in your debt!

Many thanks!!!

ummm can you talk me through how to use the tools / layer style presets?

Steel General
02-17-2009, 08:22 PM
Cool stuff, have to give these a try.

02-17-2009, 09:02 PM
can you talk me through how to use the tools / layer style presets?

Create a new layer. Go to Window->Styles to open the Styles window. Click on the tiny triangle there, go down to Load Styles. Find the style file (ends with .asl) in the folder where you put it, and load it, it should appear in your styles window. Then just click on it to apply it to the layer.

Same deal with premade brushes, basically. Open the Tool Presets window, click the triangle thing, load the file. Use the brush on the layer that you've applied the layer style to.

02-17-2009, 09:31 PM
Okay, I just made a rather surprising discovery: this technique won't work if your image resolution is any less than about 250 pixels/inch. Personally I always use 300 pixels/inch when mapping, so I had no idea this could have an effect on brushes and layer styles. Don't ask me why it does. :?:

So anyway, I recommend 300 pixels/inch for this to work properly.

02-18-2009, 08:08 AM
Excellent thanks, I'll give a try when I get home tonight!

Moving this to 'Tutorials' it's too good to lose!

02-18-2009, 02:59 PM
I have now tried them and can I just say, Soixante, they are fantastic!!! I'm working on reverse-engineering them to see how you got there so I can modify them for my needs (even though they are nearly perfect on their own), but this is just golddust!

Thank you!

5 compass rating and rep from me...and I'm sure everyone who downloads these brushes and uses them will give you 5 compasses too.

02-18-2009, 06:10 PM
Hehe, glad you like them. As for reverse-engineering...I really don't remember how I got them to the point they are now. Just lots of playing around with brush settings and layer styles. I'm pretty sure the actual brush used is one of the default Photoshop ones though.

Thanks for the rep! :)

03-09-2009, 01:01 PM
Try this link...


Wow! Great link, Redrobes! There really are some amazing places on this earth :)

Map Vandal
03-09-2009, 04:04 PM
Truly an amazing display. Those mountain brushes are really nice.

03-15-2009, 05:57 PM
awesome brushes! truly helpful!

05-13-2010, 01:01 AM
Know this is an old old thread at this point, but I just had to throw in my two bits as well. Truely amazing touches you've been able to add for us. Thank you so much for sharing them!