How to design a town the fantastic maps way


Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps has published a fantastic quick tutorial that teaches you how to design a town. I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s work for a long time especially since he was commissioned to produce The Lands Of Fire And Ice.

I’ve also been playing with the idea of focusing my whole world building efforts on just one city. So here is the result of a city I’ve sketched out using the tutorial and it may very well be the city I use for my future world building.

Read the full article here


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.

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.

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.

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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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 :)


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.