View Full Version : Swiss Cartography Terrain PDF

03-20-2010, 10:37 PM
Ever see those great maps with elevations found in old Nat Geo magazines and the like? Ever wonder how Swiss Cartography comes up with that amazing look? Well heres a PDF on how they do it, the down and dirty parts.

For those inquiring I was looking up how to do the swiss carto effect, and came across it, so no I have no secrets myself :P

03-20-2010, 10:57 PM
I was looking at the Complete National Geographic dvd package that came out (all their issues up to 2008, if memory serves) - and the maps are gorgeous in it. Fully detailed. Now the tutorial comes along...fun!

03-21-2010, 02:13 AM
Ooo, nice. Gotta replicate this.

Steel General
03-21-2010, 08:18 AM
Great find, thx for posting.

03-21-2010, 01:47 PM
thanks. and if you created a tutorial to help replicate that style i'd.... bare your children? even if its not humanly possible.

03-21-2010, 02:07 PM
I think (if you don't want to be locked up) that you meant to write 'bear'... :)

03-21-2010, 07:50 PM
either or. make the tutorial and it's your choice!

ps. my wife (who should be part of the grammar police) got a kick out of that. but strangely not because of what I was offering...

03-22-2010, 12:16 AM
That's very nice! I've been fiddling about with relief maps now for the past months and it's quite hard to get the right look. I'll have to try this out!

So far I've come up with this;

03-22-2010, 12:34 AM
The Swiss topo style can be tough. The hardest part is the lighting. It's not a single direction as in the general synthetic lighting model for most of our tools. http://www.reliefshading.com/ has a great many useful discussions on the topic. Bernhard Jenny seems to be the most visible advocate of the traditional styling at the moment. http://www.flexprojector.com/ is one of his products and he has a number of others that assist with the basic Swiss style.
http://www.terraincartography.com/ also has some toys.

03-22-2010, 08:28 AM
That's nice Andartar. I'd like to see that put to use.

04-12-2010, 02:00 PM
The swiss-style relief descibed in Jenny's article can be easilly replicated in Photoshop.

Have a look at the this one:


05-01-2010, 07:30 AM
That looks great arenol, but would you mind explaining step-by-step just how it is replicated in Photoshop?

05-01-2010, 12:08 PM
Great resources guys! Thanks for posting them, I've been really wanting to learn how to do this.