Making a lot of maps


Eldolan
It has been rather quiet from me lately. The reason for this is that I’m doing some jobs for Pelgrane press that has occupied most of my spare time that I use for mapping.

The maps are for an upcoming 13th age adventure named Shadow over Eldolan. For this adventure I’ve made a city map (that you can see at the top of this post) and nearly ten different location maps.

The city map is made in CD3 from Profantasy using my customized style that I have developed in the program. You can see some tutorials on how to tweak CD3 to get the same result in the tutorial section of my blog. The tutorial also shows what steps I’m doing in Photoshop to get a more unique look of the map. I still think that the colours in CD3 are too bright to accomplish a satisfying result. So I correct that in Photoshop.

All the location maps are made in the new lovely style by Mike Schley that you can buy from Profantasy’s homepage. The maps are all quite different from each other and you can see an example from one of the maps below. The style was great fun to work with but as always when you use a style in CC3 there will be one or two symbols that you miss when you make a map.

Map H colour preview

Apart from the 13th age maps I’m also doing some maps for their Trail of Cthulhu game. Those maps are however done completely in Photoshop. Originally I was planning on using CC3 here, but when I got the descriptions of what kind of maps they asked for I quickly realized that none of the available styles really would work out. So I started from scratch, making something up on my own. You can see part of a map below. The aim was to make a map that had a 1930th feeling, something that could have been in an Indiana Jones film. I am very pleased with the result and I’m looking forward to see them in print. But first I need to finish all the maps.

Whistle and I’ll Come preview

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2 thoughts on “Making a lot of maps

  1. I just found this site and I love this blog. I’m all about maps…love them. You are amazing at this! I was especially impressed by what you said in the Oct 2013 post. This is exactly how I feel. I was excited when I read the very feelings I have about maps, in your words.
    I really need to make about 50 maps of imaginary places for a website I’m just finishing, geography-bookofmormon.com. I’m sure I can’t afford your going rate. Could you point me in a direction of someone who might be able to help me?
    The Geography Guy, Steve

    • Hello and sorry for a late reply. I’m glad that you like my maps, I put a lot of work into them. 50 maps is a lot, but you can always ask over at the cartographers guild.com.

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