Fantasy Maps in Photoshop Part III: Icons and Labels

Daniel Hasenbos, Freelance Illustrator

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7 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Rules for Labels

    • 3. Creating & Placing Icons

    • 4. Label Hierarchy

    • 5. Placing Labels

    • 6. Making Labels Readable

    • 7. Final Thoughts


About This Class

Learn to draw Fantasy Maps in Adobe Photoshop with Daniel Hasenbos from Daniels Maps.

Do you want to improve your Fantasy Cartography skills, or not sure how to get started? In this 38 minute class we are going to explore how to use the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop to add labels to your Fantasy Map! Make sure you've also watched Part I and Part II of this series!


In this class we continue working on the map that we started in my first class: Fantasy Maps in Photoshop Part I: Coastlines and my second class: Fantasy Maps in Photoshop Part II: Terrain Features I'll assume that you know your away around the basics of Adobe Photoshop and you can follow along with most of the tools without in depth explanations of how they work. Are you not comfortable enough with Adobe Photoshop yet? There's a lot of classes on Skillshare that'll help you familiarize yourself with the program!

What Will You Learn?

  • Rules about Labeling: In this lesson we'll go over some important rules to keep in mind when placing your labels on your map. This covers different type- and style sizes, but also where to position your labels.
  • Creating Icons: We'll go over the process of creating icon sets for your maps. We'll go from basic sketches to finished designs. When the labels are done we'll go over to our map and put them in place.
  • Label Hierarchy: Determining the hierarchy for your labels is a very important step. This includes type style and size.
  • Placing Labels: Finally it's time to start putting the labels in our map. In this lesson we'll apply all the rules and elements that we've learned in the previous lessons. We'll also see how some rules might contradict each other and learn what to keep in mind when making compromises.
  • Making Labels Readable: When all the labels are places you'll see that most of them are not perfectly readable. Most labels will be obstructed by terrain features or coastlines. In this lesson we'll go over some techniques to make sure your labels are readable. 

Whether you are an illustrator or simply want to create a fantasy map out of personal interest, this class will get you ready to pick up your idea and turn it into something great!