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Tutorial by 1Blomma Tutorial by 1Blomma
This is a tutorial for making maps. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me here or send me a PM. The finished product will be uploaded separately.
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darkheartkitten Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Great tutorial!Epic La 
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Blomma Iīm sorry to irritate you again, but another thing is not clear to me.

In step 4 you say, cut the nations out. How exactly, do again paths with the pen tool on an extra layer?
But when I do this, it doesnīt fit in perfectly. Could you explain this more in detail?

Sorry for asking, Iīm just learning this technique and have never done it before.
1Blomma Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
What you could do is trace it with the pen tool, right click when it is done, click on "make selection" and that will give you a selection of the area you just traced. Another option is to use the polygonal lasso too, thought I have personally not had much luck with it.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thanks a lot for your help!
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Hi 1Blomma,

I have a surely stupid problem. I can find the style options, but you say: Trace all land areas and islands.
What exactly do you mean how, with the magic wand tool click into every country? I did it, and the style didnīt appear.
What am I doing wrong?
And is it right to do a "Layer-Style" over the Layer option on the top? Sorry I donīt know all about Photoshop,
and itīs even more complicated in English.

Maybe u can help me thx.
1Blomma Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
For the first question, I use the pen tool to trace and then right click and click "fill path".

Not sure what you mean in your second question. Can you elaborate?
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks for the reply, I found out how to work with it, I never used it before,
so it was rather confusing.

Just one more question, when you trace everything with the pen-tool, what is the fastest way to do it?
Do you use the standard pen tool and change after every anchor point the path, that it is bowed and not
angular, or do you use the free form pen tool, but this one is making angular too automatically?

And I saw the pen tool path is on a special "layer" called "Paths", so do I need a standard layer for it too,
or not?

Thanks for your patience.
1Blomma Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Regular pen tool. If you zoom in you don't need to bend the anchor points because they will be so small anyway. After you've finished one path, right click and click "fill path" and then "delete path" to get it on a normal layer.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thanks a lot Blomma, and that you created this tutorial, I hope to see more of your maps soon :)
MaraxxusEredexa Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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