Fantasy Maps in Photoshop Part IV: Colour and Details

Daniel Hasenbos, Freelance Illustrator

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6 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Flat Colours

    • 3. Shading

    • 4. Lighting

    • 5. Finishing Touches

    • 6. 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 56 minute class we are going to explore how to use the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop to add colour and some finishing touches to your Fantasy Map! Make sure you've also watched Part I, Part II and Part III of this series!


In this class we continue working on the map that we started in my first class of this series: Fantasy Maps in Photoshop Part I: Coastlines my second class: Fantasy Maps in Photoshop Part II: Terrain Features and my third class: Fantasy Maps in Photoshop Part III: Icons and Labels. I'll assume that you know your way 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?

  • Flat Colours: In this lesson you'll learn how to lay out the flat colours for your map, step by step. We'll start with colouring the mountains, then the forests and finally the icons.
  • Shading: Next we'll add some rough shading to all these features and when the basic shading is done we'll go over everything to add more detailed shading.
  • Lighting: After the shading is done we'll start adding some light. We'll follow a similar process as before, but with some slight changes and shortcuts for a more efficient workflow.
  • Finishing Touches: In this final lesson we'll cover a variety of things. We'll start with manipulating our lines to make them blend in with the map more. Next we'll add some add some decorative rhumblines to the map. Finally we'll add a parchment texture to give your map a worn and authentic look.

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!