MY PERSONAL FANTASY MAP
It was a busy week since Adobe decided to do a major update to their products including Lightroom and Photoshop. That kept me very busy since it seems to take forever for me to get it all working the same (still have a couple problems that aren’t working correctly). so I took a break from my normal blog and just decided to show what I worked on creatively this week! Chris Spooner made a short video called Create a Fantasy Map of Your Own Fictional World in Adobe Photoshop that really caught my attention. I had never thought of doing that! The more I worked on it, the more things I thought about adding. I named a few places after some my favorite people who create great work and some classical artists. It took forever to actually set the text, which I find really fussy with Photoshop anyway, and add a bunch of clip-art, mostly from PixelSquid, my favorite object site. Some of the images were from images I took and selected parts to add, like the resort hotel from Disney World. Chris Spooner also has a blog Download My Free Treasure Map Maker for Adobe Illustrator some basic map elements. I opened his Illustrator Treasure Map Assets.eps file, which opens up in PS. Created brushes from the objects by using the Lasso Tool and SHIFT+CTRL+J to put object on it own layer, then creating a brush by Turning on just the object layer and going to Edit -> Brushes. Not sure I used them on this map, but they looked like good, especially the pirate ships.
The hardest thing about making this map was to keep the layers organized (contains 84 layers). Therefore group of layers were created for lots of the different elements so I could find them quickly, including text layers (31 text layers). There are water layers, road and trail layers, and each text and object had groupings. Many of the layers had Hue/Saturation or other types of adjustments layers (26 in total) attached to them to adjust out the colors. Most of the object and text layers have layer styles added to them.
Overall lots of fun if you want something different to try. The basic land masses are very easy to create and as you can see, the maps can be as complicated as you want. I have to admit it was a bit of a challenge. Until later ….. Digital Lady Syd