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Fantasy Cartography Tutorial: Landscape Texture by ForgetDeny Fantasy Cartography Tutorial: Landscape Texture by ForgetDeny
Here's part 1 of my long-promised Cartography Tutorial. It deals with creating the basic drawing, establishing the tools that you will continue to use for the rest of the process and finally establishing a clear texture that will be applied over the colour layer that we develop in the next tutorial. Hope this helps some people out! I'm by no means an expert, but this definitely seems to be a successful technique. A great debt is owed to Jezelf, who created a similar - though far more detailed set of tutorials from which I was able to develop my own approach. Cheers.

I will post the finished version of this map after I have finished putting together the tutorial!

[EDIT] Part 2, dealing with colouring can be found here: [link] [/EDIT]
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leoshades Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I know it has been a year since you put this up, but I wanted to thank you for it. Now on to your coloring tutorial...
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Rejvaik Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
A very good reference thank you
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, cheers for the fav.
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DetectiveRoboMonkey Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Writer
This is really helpful, thank you!
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome - I'm glad you find it useful!
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Hellerick Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
What, I can't say it was useless -- I did learn some tricks, but the tutorial turned out mostly incomprehensible.
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I did this out of generosity, not for income. Go home with your entitled crap.
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Hellerick Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Uh, unexpected reaction. I'm sorry if it did sound too rude. I just wanted to follow your instructions and failed -- that's all I wanted to say. In fact, my result was rather impressive -- but quite different from yours.
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps that is what you should have said then, instead of implying that your failure was my fault. This tutorial assumes an already existing fluency with basic photoshop functions as it is not a basic technique tutorial, but a tutorial on a specific method for producing cartographic material. If you want to learn basic technique - find a tutorial that's actually intended for that instead of calling my work "incomprehensible". Seriously, so rude.
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Hellerick Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I am fluent at Photoshop. It's your tutorial I cannot comprehend.
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
See, rude. Would it not have been far more productive to clearly state which particular parts you were having difficulty with and request further clarification? I may even have been inclined to try to help. Instead, you come stomping onto my image thread, and make a sulky comment about how you couldn't get it. Well many people have found it very useful, several people have sent me polite notes asking for clarification, and I have provided such. Seriously, learn how to be polite and maybe you'll get a better response in the future - you don't deserve to understand, and I don't owe you a tutorial that speaks on your level. People asked for a tutorial that elaborated the techniques I use in the production of digital maps and I made one, out of generosity. End of story really. Your kind of response, simply makes the effort gone to in elaborating my technique feel like a waste - and frankly if you go around talking to people the way you have to me then I'm glad you didn't understand, as I don't really want you to benefit from my effort.
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Kawaiikloudkat Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't see how his comment came off as rude. I can kind of understand how his first comment may have seemed rude, but i think he's just generally saying that he doesn't understand some parts of your tutorial, and just wanted a bit of help. I think your reaction was a bit too negative.
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But since you bring it up, this comment: "What, I can't say it was useless -- I did learn some tricks, but the tutorial turned out mostly incomprehensible" is horrifically rude.  It's not a request for help, it's a bitchy little statement, and it lacks anything constructive.
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can.  And anyway, this was a LONG time ago now, so you're kind of digging up old news here.
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers for feedback I guess. But Rude.
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zljackson13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What program was used?
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Photoshop
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial(s). I'll give them a try :D

Any more in the pipeline?
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One more. It'll detail populating the map with settlements, roads etc.
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Brian-van-Hunsel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! :D
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for this, I hope it wasn't too much trouble
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. It's a useful exercise actually, as it forces me to consider my own workflow and any inefficiencies that it might contain.
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DWebArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial.
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ForgetDeny Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers.
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