Table of contents
- How to generate random terrain using Photoshop
- Adding texture to the ocean and land
- Drawing the sea and coastline for your own map
- Finishing your map off with typography and a border
- Photoshop map resources and tools
To help you get started the articles below will teach you step by step how to draw a map in the same style as the one below:
For a quick way to create a map in Photoshop you could use a map generator.
Here are the articles
1, How to generate random terrain using Photoshop
This is the first part of the tutorial and as the name suggests it focuses on a simple technique for randomly generating terrain in Photoshop. If you haven’t drawn the outline of your map by hand or you’d prefer to have a random terrain generated for you then this is a great tutorial to start with.
However, if you have the outline of your map already drawn and in Photoshop then you may want to move onto the 2nd article in this tutorial.
2, Adding tecture to the ocean and land
Once you have the outline of your map drawn and ready the next step is to texture both the ocean and the land. It’s a simple process that requires a little bit of brush work.
3, Drawing the sea and coastline for your own map
The sea layer is where you start adding more colour to the map. Up until now your map has consisted of green and white gradients but with the sea and coastline you’ll now add a fresh blue into the mix.
4, Finishing your map off with typography and a border
Finally no map is complete without the names of regions, cities and locations for your heroes to adventure in and your baddies to scheme over. By following this final part in the series you’ll learn the exact settings to use for the typography on your map. I’ll also teach you an effective way to add a border around the map.