Photoshop: Making Realistic Looking Flags For Your Maps
The following tutorial will teach you how to make wind rippled flags as an accompaniment to your maps. Flags can add an extra dimension to your realms, countries and duchies, as they give away something about the culture that lives in the realms of your map.
The tutorial is for Adobe Photoshop. I use CS4 but it should be compatible with older versions. The guide is relatively straightforward and will teach you how to take advantage of displacement maps to curve the flag as if it is made of fabric and is being moved around by the wind.
The tutorial will be divided into two parts. The first will discuss techniques and tips to make your original flags, as I guide you through making a flag. The second part will discuss how you can make it look the flag is made of fabric moving in the wind.
Examples of Flags Produced by this tutorial
Next time I will show how to rough up the flag, to make it look like it was found after a crushing defeat in a battle