So I've got a fantasy map of some islands and decided I'd have a go at putting in some colour. I want to try including an ocean with varying shades of water depth. The style I'm after is similar to what Torstan did with his Westeros map , this one by Viking or even just a stylish blue one like Max's.
I'm using Photoshop CS5 but haven't used it in a while so assume I'm a beginner regarding layers, filters and all that. :)
I was wondering if anyone could explain to me, step by step, how to create an ocean with varying depths (or one like Max made). I'll likely ask about doing land but at this stage I just want to get an idea of how to do oceans.
I've included an image of the file I'm working on. So far it only has two layers: a white background and a layer for the island shapes.
(Apologies if this has been asked before!)
Many thanks! :D
Last edited by Sharpes; 10-15-2013 at 05:25 AM.
I made something similar here : http://www.cartographersguild.com/cu...leohtwald.html
I used 3 layers of different blue from light to dark for the water dept. Paint the color according to the dept (you can have more or fewer layers if you want). Then apply a blurry effect for transition purpose.
The thing is, I wanted to have some randomness while still having control. For that, I used a mask on each layer where I added a cloud filter to randomize the opacity. For a better transition, you should play with the opacity of the layers until you get a good result.
It'a a simple method but if you push it a little further you can end with a good result.
Filters → Render → Clouds →Plasma... is there something like that in photoshop because frankly, cloud and cloud by difference don't give results as good as plasma.
Thanks for the advice guys. I'll have to give them a shot and get back to this thread with the results. +rep to each of you.
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