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Map Making

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Quillstine, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Quillstine

    Quillstine Troubadour

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    Thought I would share a map I made for one of WIP's. It's got a long way to go...need to work a lot of the names out. The borders of the forests need to be a lot smother etc...
    I made this map in a few hours, I really needed the dragon head as part of the world as one of the main religions is based on it, as well as some particular coastline styling. I managed to manipulate my map as required to get exactly what I wanted in that regards.
    Sorry it's a little hard to see on here, it's huge on my computer!!
    Still thought I would show it here for comments, ideas, suggestions, critiques etc...

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    Also for anyone interested (I am sure it's been mentioned here a lot) there is a lot of useful info on using photoshop to make fantasy maps at Cartographers' Guild - a community for maps of fantasy, sci-fi and real world locations
     
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  2. Bee

    Bee Dreamer

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    I shall try this out as I have always simply drawn them in the past
     
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  3. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

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    I like the color-scheme you're using, but some of the names are a bit hard to read at a glance. It may be that it's easier on the bigger picture but on this scaled down version the curly letters and curved makes the smaller names hard to decipher. I can still read them if I look close and focus though.
     
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  4. Lunaairis

    Lunaairis Sage

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    try lightening the actual map. Maybe put some more blue into the water. Oh under names add a layer with a light (white or pale yellow) color (use the soft brush) that way the black text will pop more.
     
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  5. Quillstine

    Quillstine Troubadour

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    Unfortunately that is due to the way it imported into MS, the original is not hard to read at all.

    Originally the water was a very light blue....but I found the two tone brown effect worked better, at least to my eye. Good idea for the wording though, I will do that.
     
  6. TrustMeImRudy

    TrustMeImRudy Troubadour

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    Which WIP is this for? Aside from the darkness, which you explained, I love it.
     
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  7. Quillstine

    Quillstine Troubadour

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    Thanks....this actually from, well lets just call it WIP#3. Not either of the ones I explained to you yet Trust! But another complicated twisted plot line all the same!
     
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