About this course
In this creative course and using Photoshop as main software, we'll learn to generate from scratch a fantasy map. The course will be organized in several lessons. First, we'll briefly take a look to the origin and history of cartography or map-making on a basic level.
We'll do research on the different examples we can find throughout history, both real maps and other ones that were used to illustrate fantasy worlds.
We'll look for references about the style and the way of building these illustrations. All of this using the methods that are presented nowadays and through specific software for this task.
What project are we going to develop?
So once we've chosen the method, target and application, we'll start shaping our continents, seas, mountains, forests…
During most of this explanation we'll see different concepts like for example, drawing little creatures, making mountains, generating texts, seeing the possibilities of the layer styles…
So, once the work is done, we'll be able to fantasize with entering that imaginary world and going beyond the created map. The destination is up to you.
What we'll learn
- Brief story of map illustration
- Different styles and concepts about maps
- Map creation methods.
- To color depending on tropics
- Lakes and islands generation
- Mountain illustration
- Trees, fauna and settlements illustration
- To postproduce in Photoshop
- Mockup usage
Wat will we need for this course?
- Optional: Plugins for Photoshop like Lazy Nezumi Pro or Nik Software
- Typographic fonts