DRAWING A ROUGH SKETCH
Hello and welcome to our little
How-to-make-a-nice-little-map-thingy tutorial. Our plan is to deliver a typical
Santharian grayscale map in the style you can view it in the Santharian map
section. In this very case I've taken the drawing of the R'unorian Isles to use
it for this tutorial.
So what ingredients do we need? First of all some imagination. Then a good graphic program, Adobe Photoshop (Version 5.5 or higher) prefered - at least this tutorial refers to all functions which are provided with Photoshop. Yup. And finally some time. Or lots of. Depending on how detailed the map should look like.
Okeydokey. Time for a start:
Change the resolution of your
screen to 1024x768 (or higher).
Open your Adobe
Assure yourself that all
important palettes/windows are visible. The main TOOLBAR on the left, and four
small windows on the right: the BRUSHES, the LAYERS, the HISTORY and finally the OPTIONS window (they are all shown by default). If any of these
is missing make it visible by clicking on the appropriate menu entry at the
You can also click on FILE --> PREFERENCES --> GENERAL and then click on RESET PALETTE LOCATIONS TO DEFAULT in order to receive the same effect.
Select FILE --> NEW in the
Give the picture a name and
an appropriate size, e.g. 700 pixels width and 600 pixels
shown here accompanying this tutorial are only reduced in size, but
initially have much larger proportions.)
as the mode and click on the WHITE option button in the contents frame.
Confirm this with OK.
Grab a simple PAINTBRUSH TOOL (or press "B") with a small brush size to draw a very rough sketch of how the isles should look like. No need to do hundreds of details now. We will come to this later on. This should result in something like this:
Before proceeding to the next stage: Time to save the whole mess! Important: Ensure yourself that you save the file with a PSD extension!
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