[WIP] World Map as basis for local maps
First, let me say how glad I am to have found this place! Amazing stuff on here!
So, this is my WIP-thread.
Iím going to give you some info on my gear, mapping background, why Iím making maps, what kind of maps I want to do and show you some previous work.
Software: PS 6, Hardware: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch
At the moment I use Photoshop CS 6, but I also have Gimp, Illustrator (the whole CS6, actually) and CC3 with DD3.
I use PS because I a) have it and b) my new Wacom seems to work better with it than with Gimp.
Although I like CC3, it seemed to not match my expectations. Plus I found it a bit too laboriously to get the outcome I was looking for.
2. Mapping background
I have always loved maps, and still do. One of my favorite ďtoysĒ is Google Earth.
Being a fantasy and, to a certain degree, science-fiction nerd quickly led me to RPG and then, of course, to making up my own worlds/scenarios.
Even since before playing RPGs I wanted to write a novel. A fantasy one, naturally. Over the years I have written bits and pieces in different settings. One of the first worlds I came up with is also the one I kept coming back to.
I started drawing maps on paper. The basic shape evolved more and more, as did itís background story (donít ask for it, itís still pretty fuzzy and by no means complete! ;)).
Now I moved to digital mapmaking, because:
3. What kind of maps do I want to make?
Alright, let me break up the column here.
As it says in the threadís topic, I want to create an atlas like world map. From that map, IĎd like to copy sections for regional maps, so the coastlines stay the same.
Iím aware that I need a pretty detailed and probably HUGE world map to achieve this. Also, I forgot to mention that I have never worked with Photoshop before! My drawing skills outside of maps are almost nonexistent, too.
Is this insane? Honest answers welcome.
I havenít settled on a style yet. Yesterday I found the map of the High Empire Of Korachan by vorropohaiah. I really like that map, and itís style. Plus it seems to be a very, very large map that could suit my needs.
Following is the first map I created in Photoshop, of the continent Skahria, and itís subcontinents Kanotraea and the home of the crumbled empire of the Hen, the mountain people.
It was create in an all-nighter I pulled in a frenzy following Kindariís Tut. I saved an early step, so I could copy segments just as coastlines.
In the third image I tinkered around a bit with various lightings, layer effects etc.
Any input and critique is welcome!
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