Posted by: Nate | January 11, 2013

The Map Generator For Photoshop


There have been a few of my followers asking when the cartographic Photoshop actions I’ve been working on will be available well today is that day! The World Building Store is now live and ready for your order. I’ve bundled the Photoshop actions up into one package “The Map Generator For Photoshop” and there is currently a special offer on to celebrate the launch of the store.

Normally the bundle will sell for £7 but as a special launch price you can buy The Map Generator for just £5 (and if you subscribe to the weekly world building articles from The World Building School then I’ll be sending out an extra offer for the bundle within the next day or two. So keep checking your inbox.)

What’s included in “The Map Generator For Photoshop”?

This bundle includes 3 of my most popular map styles in the form of Photoshop actions. You can see examples of some of these styles in my gallery on here. The Map Generator for Photoshop also includes the very useful Random Terrain Generator and a tutorial showing you exactly how to use the actions. I’ve even added a bonus into the package “The World Typography Action” which will generate a number of labels to use on your map.


So please click here to visit The World Building Store and buy “The Map Generator For Photoshop”. Thank you for your support.

Posted by: Nate | November 19, 2012

Customise Your Own Map on Graphic River

Are you an author, dungeon master or simply looking for a treasure map to use in a school or for kids parties? Well I’ve just published my first map pack on Graphic River – and it’s only $3.

This pack provides a fully drawn map detailed in two different styles and supported by 4 jpeg renders of the map, 2 for each style.

So it doesn’t matter if you don’t have Photoshop, you can still benefit from purchasing the map pack thanks to the inclusion of the 4 renders.

The first render is an ‘out of the box’ map complete with location names so you can instantly use it to create a world for your RPG , print and hang it on a wall or use it in an exotic treasure hunt.

The second render is the same as the first render however all of the place names have been removed. This means you can write on your own place names and even add extra icons and features to the map. All without the need of Photoshop. Simply print off the map and draw directly on it or take it into paint and draw in there.

However if you do have Photoshop you’ll be able to customise each map layer by layer.

Included in “Elfcarron: Customise Your Own Map”

1 Map
2 Styles
4 Jpegs
1 Layered PSD

Visit Graphic River to purchase the map. I would also really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about my maps and help me to rank on the Graphic River market place. It all helps towards the running of The World Builders Guild group on DeviantART and The World Building School website.

P.S. the link to the map pack is here. Please share.

Posted by: Nate | October 21, 2012

A Beautiful Photoshop Map Tutorial

The 4th and final part of the Elfcarron tutorial is now up on The World Building School.

This tutorial teaches all about adding typography and a boarder to your map.

If you haven’t heard of this before then The World Building School has been publishing tutorials on how to draw a map similar to the Elfcarron map:

I’ve included links to the other articles below:

Part 1: How To Rangomly Generate Terrain Using Photoshop

Part 2: Adding Texture To The Ocean And Land

Part 3: Drawing The Sea And Coastline For Your Map

Part 4: Finishing Your Map With Typography And A Boarder

I hope you find the tutorial useful.

Please share.

Posted by: Nate | August 31, 2012

How To Generate Random Terrain Using Photoshop

Here’s the latest article from The World Building School.

How To Generate Random Terrain Using Photoshop

With the success of The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps a few people asked for a more detailed article on techniques for drawing the map. So I’ve taken the map style from “Elfcarron” and built the tutorial around drawing that style of map.

This article is Part 1 on how to draw maps using nothing but Photoshop. The other parts will be published over the coming weeks.

I hope you enjoy.

You can read the article here.

Posted by: Nate | August 13, 2012

Help Promote The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps

I know a lot of readers have talked about promoting this guide to your writing friends and readers. So as a way to make it easier for you I’ve created a number of banners that you can either embed into a post, page or on a widget on your website. You don’t need my permission to use these banners on your website, though obviously please don’t spam the links around the internet – everyone hates spam even when it’s for a good cause.

Thank you for your kindness and help in making this guide such a success.


You can visit the promotion page here or use one of the banners below on your website.

Text Links

These text links are perfect for using in your signature on forums (especially DeviantART), your email address, blog or other social networks such as twitter or facebook.


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Posted by: Nate | August 10, 2012

Introducing The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps

The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps

This is a quick article to introduce The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps.

The guide currently features 4 of the tutorials on drawing maps that can be found on The World Building School, however they are all presented on a single page so it’s now even easier to follow the tutorials and draw your own map.  Also, as they are now all collated on a single page it makes it easier to link to the articles. So if you ever need to reference a guide for drawing maps then you only need one link:

And you can be sure that as soon as new map articles are written they will be added to The Authors Guide ready for reading. Please help to spread this resource amongst your writing buddies – I’ll be forever grateful and offer plenty of hugs in return. Thank you :)


Posted by: Nate | August 8, 2012

Fantastic article on archers by Shorty Monster. If you intend to have archers in your world then this article is well worth a read for some little tips and tricks of what it means to be an archer. Visit Shorty Monster and take a read 🙂


After watching the British Archery team go out in the first round of the Olympics, it made me realise just how much we have fallen in the world rankings in the last seven hundred years. So, presented here are my thoughts on the bowman in a role playing game. Enjoy.

The following tips and advice are all based on widely perceived historical fact, so feel free to use them, whilst I take some pleasure in using my History& Heritage degree for the first time since graduating over a year ago. The aim of this blog is to make being a ranged combatant in any medieval like setting a bit more interesting than standing at the back loosing arrows while staying out of trouble.

First let us consider one of the finest examples of a bowman from the medieval period, the English warbow user. This isn’t idle speculation, or a sense of…

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Posted by: Nate | August 3, 2012

Quidditch To Be Made An Olympic Sport?

Quidditch should be made an Olympic Sport.

As we all know Harry Potter is the biggest story franchise of all time. However what you may not know is that the famous wizard sport is also fastly becoming a popular sport for muggles.

Come Rio 2016 it would be amazing to see such a new sport played in the Olympics. For those of you who are a little unsure on what the sport entails here’s a quick rundown.

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Posted by: Nate | July 30, 2012

What’s Your Favourite Fantasy Sport?

With the Olympics starting this past week I’ve been pondering about sports, especially about fictional sports created by writers, directors or game developers.

The only game I could think of was Quidditch from Harry Potter.

So what fantasy games can you think of? and which is your favourite?

Please leave in the comments below:





Posted by: Nate | July 21, 2012

Landscaping Your World Map

“Continuing on from last week’s tutorial on Tectonic plates we’re looking at how the plates affect the landscape of your world and so the environment your characters will see and experience.

If you’re following the tutorial and drawing your own map then you will have the main islands drawn along with the tectonic plates of your world and the directions that they move. As a reminder here are the 3 different movements of a tectonic plates and what they do to the landscape around them.”

Read the rest of the article on The World Building School Here.

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