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 […]
Fantasy map tutorials - how to draw, make and create maps for worldbuilding
Here are all of the articles we've published on the topic of fantasy maps.
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.
Fantasy map generator
Vancano's map generator is a Photoshop tool that will help you create a map of your imaginary world.
Fantasy map icons, brushes and other tools
If you’re looking for a little something to spice up your maps then I've collected a number of great map resources from around the web. Most are free but I’ve also included a couple of premium options when they’ve been great.
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.
This is the 3rd part in a series about drawing your own map. If you missed part 1 or part 2 then it’s recommended that you read those articles first. Also, don’t forget to draw along as you read the articles as you’ll learn much more from doing than you will from just reading.
If you’ve randomly generated your land from the last tutorial then you should have a green island ready to start this next part. My island looks like the following:
You’ve asked for a more detailed tutorial on how to create a map. So here we go. This is the first part in a number of tutorials that will show you exactly how to create a stunning map using nothing but Photoshop. In this first part you’ll learn how to generate random terrain using Photoshop. […]
There are 3 Laws that your rivers MUST follow if they exist on an Earth like planet. You won’t find a river on Earth that breaks any of the following laws follow the below laws and your maps will look realistic. Simples. 1, Just Like Us They Are Born Every river has a source.