how to draw a map

Here I’ve used the style of line to sell the feature it represents. For couple of days i am trying to draw a regional map simillar to one of your older free map Dresdon Surrounds I see that you dont have many maps (at least uploaded) in this technique.

This is the brush that I use for the majority of the light and shade. Save the map out as a tiff, or as an uncompressed jpg. To learn how to create a key for your map, keep reading! You’ve got the core techniques down. Far from your work, but thank you for sharing.

I followed your tutorial and make my first map (actually i tried to recreate yours. Kinda Fairly distributed. This tutorial covers my entire process for how to draw a map – from start to finish.

You’ll see things you want to change. Looks kind of like what Jon did. Finally, after deepening the shadows, I go back to the new overlay layer pick a nice bright highlight, and a small brush. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. Looks great! I’m in a gaming group, and the GM is allowing the players to create the world as we go along (adding in context via our backstories as well.) Digging around there has already given me more insight than any written words ever could. Once you have that, you can pick up a cheap second hand wacom tablet. I use a hard round eraser with pressure sensitivity set to opacity. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Can this map-making technique be done on a tablet computer, like a Microsoft Surface? Learn more... Maps have been a part of human culture for millenia. Good luck!

They usually make actual geographical maps, but sometimes they can be employed by to make fictional maps in books. This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. These questions mean that the bones of the map make sense, and ensure the final map will hang together. I start with the largest areas first. Now, let’s talk a little about brushes. How much would you charge to draw a sketch for me? For me, I tend to start around 3000 pixels by 3000 pixels at 300dpi. Lines are a very efficient way of conveying detail.

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They’re close, but I’d go with the Intuous if you can. Make the darker areas dark, and if there are particularly light areas, lighten them up. A globe is probably the most accurate map we have of the Earth. Thank you! I it just that they’re a bit intense? For the cliffs, I use the eraser to remove some of the green. Otherwise you end up with neon lines across your map and it looks very bad very quickly. Great battles are fought on, around and in the shadow of mountains. Man, I think this is your best one up until now. So far, so unexciting, but this is a solid base to start from. These are the most important details of the map – they are the information. Pure black text is a little jarring.

This allows me to define the bulk forms of the forest within the outline. One you put the maps up, link back to the posts that were useful – it’ll act as a map for others . However that has a hard edge which looks a little odd on a hand drawn map. If it helps, do a scale of populations and area before you do the map. Secondly, maps help people to navigate. I used Photoshop for this map, but all of this can be done in Gimp (for free). Does it fit the page? You're probably familiar with digital maps used by GPS devices and phones for navigation. I’ve tried a bunch of tablets, and I always come back to Wacom. This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. Problem is there don’t seem to be any drivers for recent versions of Windows. The workaround is to use Drop Shadow, since this can be manipulated into producing the same effect most of the time, and appears to be more memory efficient. As a mouse is not the most suitable device I am looking for a pen or drawing tablet. But where there is a line, there should be a highlight or a shadow beside that line to show whether that side is higher or lower. What we have so far is really a pretty picture – but it’s not really a map. And I know it can be done in photoshop on he Surface. Cliffs tend to be steepest at the top, so I work into the top edge carefully (decreasing the size of the brush so that I can get a sharp edge there). You can see the forms of clumps of trees that break up the mass of the forest. My steps in drawing a map are pretty consistent: I’ll go through each of these steps in order. This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. Probably the best example is the London Underground map. Now for the trees. Just found somewhere you wrote sea is just a gradient and some nice grunge brush, but i would appreciate to see a way it is done . A friend has the Pen & Touch ($100) and it’s also pretty good. Those look great! The map itself is a map of two towns, Bargewright Inn and Womford (one of which I transformed into a small city). It actually gets a lot easier pretty quickly. The 100% foreground background jitter means that the brush can be entirely the foreground colour, entirely the background colour, or anything in between. So we’re going to add an outer glow too. Here I want to lay out a town, some forest, and a cliff. Respectively there are others out there that are pretty good, but yours goes that extra mile. Because the blend mode is overlay, all this does is create a darker tone of paper – and we keep those nice paper textures. Each map becomes a layer that adds detail to the base map but remains separate for clarity. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws.

I was thinking an adjustment layer set to overlay with the grid in it work, but I’m curious to see how you’d go about doing it.

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