If you’re looking for a little something to spice up your maps then here are a number of great map resources that I’ve collected from around the web. Most are free but I’ve also included a couple of premium options when they’ve been great.
Here are all of the articles we've published on the topic of Cartography.
The Lord of the Map. The writer skilled in cartography is an explorer. They can spend hours fleshing out the design of their world. This is a crucial skill because it visually unites all of the other skills.
You can learn a lot from video games. Especially the way some RPG games build their open sandbox worlds – which has inspired me to run a worldbuilding experiment. Even if you have no interest in video games what so ever, stick with me as this could prove to be a really interesting way to organise […]
Photoshop is a great way to make a map. Sure there is other software such as Campaign Cartographer which might be easier to get started with, but there is nothing like using Photoshop. To help you get started the articles below will teach you step by step how to draw a map in the same style […]
Real world maps vs Fantasy Maps: Which makes sense? Over the past few years I’ve been introduced to a number of ways that gamers are using apps to turn real world maps into gaming platforms. The first example I ever encountered was a game called “Ghost Escape”. Essentially the game took a smart phone’s GPS […]
Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps has published a fantastic quick tutorial that teaches you how to design a town. I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s work for a long time especially since he was commissioned to produce The Lands Of Fire And Ice. I’ve also been playing with the idea of focusing my whole world […]
Step 1: Typography Typography is the art of making text look pretty on your map. For this part of the tutorial you will need to make sure the character menu is visible.