This is the second map I have made using Photoshop. I created it using a mix of the Saderan tutorial and the Ascension Atlas tutorial, though the parchment layer was done through experimentation. The map is comprised of two "layer groups," a parchment group (top) and a map group (bottom). The parchment layer has a Hide All layer mask, which can be manipulated with the brush to reveal the map below. There is also a country in the North-East section of the map which is hidden on the parchment group, and only the major cities, capitols, and highways show up on the parchment layer. I have yet to name all the towns.
Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
Kingdom Of Shendenflar Campaign Setting (WIP)
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