madcatprime Posted June 30, 2014 Share Posted June 30, 2014 (edited) My name is Chris, or you can call me mad_cat. I am a writer. As a writer, it often involves me doing worldbuilding. I recently wanted to know how to make maps of my world, and saw that there were a few tutorials out there to do it. They are good tutorials, but they were not what I wanted for myself. So I decided to look at these tutorials and many others to learn to do what I wanted to create. I was then impressed what I developed that I decided to share my techniques with others. Below is a list of tutorials I offer. They do make use of other tools beyond paint.net, but it is mostly paint.net you will be using. You can find a list of them here and future updates as well: http://writing.chrisvotey.com/worldbuilding/ Map Making Worldbuilding #1 – EarthA look at the our own world and what we can learn in making a map of our fictional world. Worldbuilding #2 – ToolsThese are the tools you will need in order to create your fictional world. Don’t worry, they’re all free. Worldbuilding #3 – ContinentsWe use a special tool to get a shape of our continents based on a cloud rendering and a basic introduction to Paint.net Worldbuilding #4 – Ocean, Continents, Lakes, and IslandsHere we begin editing our world to properly define and expand our features, and add a touch of colour to it. Worldbuilding #5 – Ocean Depth and Land TextureWe make our oceans appear to have depth and our lands to have elevation with a cloud rendering technique. Now our world is starting to come to shape. Worldbuilding #5a – StarsUsing the technique from our last tutorial, we can create a star similar to our sun. We also make use of a 3D tool to turn our flat image into a sphere. You can do the same with your world map, but that will be a different tutorial. Worldbuilding #6 – Beaches and Shallow WaterNow we begin adding features to our world. We start with the edge of our continents and oceans with beaches and shallow water. This features the basic technique of adding both. Worldbuilding #6a – Advanced BeachesUsing a new technique, we can give beaches a more organic look rather than a static look. Worldbuilding #6b – Advanced Shallow WaterUsing the techniques in Advanced Beaches, we now apply that to Shallow water to give it a more natural look. Worldbuilding #7 – DesertsNow starting work on shaping our land, we learn what is a desert and how placing one will affect the decisions on how we design the rest of our map. Worldbuilding #8 – MountainsOne of the most important tutorials for worldbuilding is finally here. This will go over the basic technique for making mountains on your map. Worldbuilding #8a – Advanced MountainsTaking our mountains, we now add texture to our mountains like we did with the ocean and the land itself. I show two techniques. One that is simple, and the second that requires a bit of work. Worldbuilding #9 - Basic Forests Next on our journey is forests. We learn a lot of helpful facts about forests, and a basic design to them. Worldbuilding #9a - Advanced Forests Time for us to see the Forest for its Trees. Worldbuilding #10 - Basic Rivers September is going to be dedicated to Rivers. There is a lot of information and technique to go over to do Rivers right. Woldbuilding #10a - River Sediment and FloodplainsLearn more about rivers in the component of how they form and how nature attempts to reduce flooding in a geographic area. Worldbuilding #10b – Advanced RiversA common misconception is that rivers are straight. We’ll look at alluvial rivers and discuss meandering and braided rivers and a technique to take your basic rivers design and turn it into a more organic look. Worldbuilding #11 – WetlandsIn literature, swamps are dark places where evil hides, or is it bogs? In actuality, wetlands are important for the planet and serve a number of uses. This article has a lot of information, and will go into how to make swamps, marshes, and bogs. Worldbuilding #12 – MunicipalsA quick tutorial on placing random cities and villages and dispel myths about them. Optional tutorial. Worldbuilding #13 – End WorldFinal tutorial for the map-making series. This takes you map and makes it a globe to a planet you see in space. Optional tutorial. (All Links Updated, New Articles Added) Edited May 9, 2016 by madcatprime Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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