View Full Version : A Great Photoshop Tutorial For Map Making

Digital Arcanist
11-22-2007, 09:00 PM
I was trolling the youtube.com videos and I came across user ZombieNirvanna who had a step-by-step tutorial in Photoshop for making maps for fantasy campaigns. I've watched them and have begun work on my own. Check them out and let me know what you think.

I see this tutorial carrying over into all genres. The techniques give you that ancient scroll look that will work in lots of situations. The other thought I had is that Photoshop files can be exported into Adobe Illustrator and can be printed on a blueprint printer to make a map suitable for miniatures. I've been using AutoCAD for that purpose but now I will change over and try to post some pics of the finished products when I have them.


11-22-2007, 09:28 PM
That's great! Butch Curry is good guy, we should send him a note letting him know we're here.

11-23-2007, 11:01 AM
Thanks for the link Digital, while I haven't looked through everything he has up, I'm sure I'll be watching them again and again!

Digital Arcanist
11-23-2007, 11:24 AM
Its 17 videos all detailing the one project. I know it sounds like a lot but it goes relatively quickly.

I sent him an invitation to join us here so maybe we can get some inside information and premier video tutorials.

Digital Arcanist
11-23-2007, 06:40 PM
I forgot to add the link to his website so here it is:

He has put out a book about making maps in Photoshop. I'm thinking of picking it up.

For those of us who like the idea of making maps in Photoshop but maybe want a horror or sci-fi feel I will put up some links in the coming days for tutorials to make a PADD like background and some other effects you can mix in with the general principles shown in the videos.

Digital Arcanist
11-24-2007, 11:51 PM
My first map took me about an hour to do while casually working. I learned a lot of great techniques and below is my first attempt.


The next project I am going to tackle will be a stone slab with some runes carved into it using the techniques I learned in the first few videos.

I am not a Photoshop master nor have I had any formal training in the program. Everything I've learned has been from online tutorials. If anyone is interested I can post from links to some of my favorite tutorials.

11-25-2007, 11:34 AM
I like his tutorials, they're fairly easy to follow and I think he does a good job explaining what he's doing! The first few I listened to without my Photoshop running, but then I backed up and listened to the first one again while I followed along in Photoshop.

Once again, great find Digital, thanks for sharing!

12-24-2007, 01:06 PM
I've found the best places to learn techniques is from forums. Being able to ask for advice on obtaining a certain effect/style is priceless in my opinion. The best forums I've found so far are those of the professional map making software like Dundjinni (http://www.dundjinni.com/forums/default.asp) and the Pro Fantasy (http://www.profantasy.com/) software series. Another great resource is the Cartographers Guild (http://www.cartographersguild.com/) website and forums.

12-29-2007, 10:14 PM
Thanks all! I'm glad you're enjoying the show. I'll be getting back into the recording studio (such as it is) in a couple of weeks, so let me know if you have any questions or requests!

12-29-2007, 11:50 PM
Very glad to hear there will be more videos to come. Keep up the outstanding work!