04-13-2011, 01:06 PM
04-13-2011, 05:30 PM
I think what you're doing is duplicating the clouds layer and setting the blend mode to difference...this, of course, will just make things the same if you duplicate it twice. You need the filter - render - difference clouds. As to no control, that's a Photoshop thing. There are some plugins that allow for a bit more control but not all that much, just different sizes and densities of "puffs".
If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
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02-12-2012, 02:38 AM
Hey, I'm new and just trying to get into mapping in Photoshop, but all I have is Elements 5. I'm getting stuck on step 15 because Elements doesn't seem to have a Select>Color Range option. Is there a workaround for this?
02-12-2012, 03:57 PM
Never mind, I answered my own question. You just have to use the magic wand tool with "contiguous" unchecked and click on a black area.
02-21-2012, 10:20 PM
Awesome tut Ascension. I actually dll'd this a awhile a go and gave it a whirl, producing a decent looking map...until all my work went up in smoke
At any rate, i just wanted to bump this one, and say thanks again.
02-22-2012, 07:51 AM
3 and a half years later and still kicking! Simply awesome tutorial, Ascension. If I was locked in a room for a month with Photoshop I wouldn't come out with nearly as detailed a map.
If anyone is having problems, one thing I did was create selections (Select > Save Selection) of the land areas. Then whenever the tutorial said "CTRL+Click the base layer", I instead loaded my land selection. I'm using a Windows PC with CS3 so I figured it was just a shortcut combination that wasn't working the same for me even if I clicked the layer thumbnail.
And if you are working on a map larger that the size specified in the tutorial SAVE EARLY and SAVE OFTEN if you have the room for it. My .psd files were over a gigabyte by the end, but a couple of times I messed something up and went back to a previous save.
03-22-2012, 03:39 AM
OK, So I am following your tutorial, and in step 18 I can see the landmass outline through the difference clouds. Is this supposed to happen cause looking at the picture that follows I do not see the landmass through the clouds.
03-22-2012, 07:36 AM
Hi. New to mapmaking with photoshop and the learning curve is pretty steep, but I'm getting better! Question about the tutorial. Is the base layer created in the beginning (after applying the Hard Mix w/50% gray) supposed to make it a solid gray? Because in order to play around with the background copy, I have to hide the base layer.
03-23-2012, 12:25 PM
I have finished creating my first map. Took two tries going through the tutorial and not sure where I screwed up the first time, but I made it. Here is my finished work. I actually skipped a few steps as well just cause I wasn't real keen on what it was doing to the map beings as this is a world map and the effects seemed a wee bit extreme, and still not sure how I feel about the end result, but here it is. Thanks Ascension!!!
04-04-2012, 01:02 AM
I am new to the forum and the first tutorial I saw was this, it really is quite amazing.
This is what get done.
As you will notice, do not delete the mountains apart and I think I did a couple of things wrong. Still, I liked the end result makes clear evidence for improvement in future attempts.
Thank you very much for the tutorial, though not primarily understand the Select> Feather, I think in the latest versions or simply not found it. even so I found what I believe served as a good substitute.
P. D. I'm bad writing in English, only read it well. This text was translated with Google Translator.