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loogie
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

guyanonymous
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!

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

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

loogie
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.

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

loogie
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...

Andartar
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;

waldronate
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.

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

arenol
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:

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Soixante
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?

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