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Other versions of brushes:
Converted to Photoshop 7 by :iconithilwenia: here. [link]
Converted to Photoshop 6 by :iconpiratelotus-stock: here [link]

Edit: YAY! The obscene amount of work put into this tutorial has paid off with my first DD. THANK YOU! :love:

I'm working on my next ridiculously obscenely over the top resource pack: "Color Me Terrified: Creating the Ambiance of Horror", just in time for Halloween, containing everything you need to make creepy art. It should be live some time in October, so remember to watch. :D


Everything you could ever need to make your own fantasy map: the tutorial (should work with any digital program that supports layers), and all the resources you'll require to follow the tutorial available in a .zip folder. Just hit the download button, and view fullsize for the tutorial.

Please consider giving a fave if you download. I do not require any link/credit or alert rules for use of my resources: though all of this is appreciated, I like a favorite so others can find the resources.

I must give a nod to Jezelf, who made the tutorial from which I leaned to make maps. It's no longer online, and so I've made my own tutorial based on the method of "render clouds" for the jagged coastlines.

Resources in resource pack are not free to DISTRIBUTE, but can be used for any commercial, non-commercial, on/off DeviantArt use you can think of, which will probably be fantasy maps, but hey, if you have some other use for these, by all means.

While everything is free, if you appreciate my resources, please consider tossing a donation through my StayClassy page to NaNoWriMo, the crazed month of November Noveling that keeps me going. Your donation gives me a shot at going to their Night of Writing Dangerously, and keeps the fantasy coming!


One Tolkien inspired font containing as many European characters as I could fit! It's a crappy font, but you get what you pay for.

One dingbat font containing most of the map icons. I hope you like exploring because they're mapped to both uppercase, lowercase, and symbols with no rhyme or reason whatsoever. The only interesting bit is, the sea serpent pair is on the two "smart" quotes, so if your program doesn't support smart quotes, you'll get the tree or mountain that's on the regular quote, and you'll have to access the sea serpent via alt codes.

Three Photoshop CS2+ brush sets, which contain all the map icons. All of them are new sketch-style brushes, but can be used with my previous map brush sets.

(The images are included for those without Photoshop. As always, feel free to convert to whatever brush format you would like, upload to DeviantArt with a linkback, and link me to it... I'll add it to the list.)


15 parchment-style textures for use as backgrounds.

Two different sets of prefabricated maps, in black and white, lineart, and color for the lazy who just want to get going with the stamps.

Three files of "render clouds" jagged lines for you to assemble into your own continents.

Check out my free fantasy webcomic, Between Places.
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Given 2011-09-25
Fantasy Map TutorialxResources by ~calthyechild Suggesters Words: It's a wonderful pack for all the designers who dream about making their own fantasy maps . It contains everything you might need : Fonts , Brushes , Textures , and renders ..All combined with an easy-to-follow tutorial . ( Suggested by spring-sky and Featured by shelldevil )
Birdhousebirdy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the help!!
Lost In Your World: World Map by Birdhousebirdy
anthorian Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Been using your brushes for a while now and forgot to say thanks so.....Thanks!!
Winged-kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What size document do you start with?
calthyechild Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Any size you want? I usually do a standard printer paper sheet size (8x11.5)
WalterOGrimm Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Just caught this on pintrest! Wish I would have seen it back in 2011; thank you!
calthyechild Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
WHAT? I'm on Pinterest? I'm famous now omg. I had no idea it was there!

I remember the first time I found someone else linking this tutorial on another site for other people and I was like "waaaaaaaaaaaaat". I really gotta redo it sometime and make it even better.

You're welcome.
RussianBlues Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Map of Nayavu by RussianBlues

Thank you SO much for the tutorial and resources, it was super helpful and fun. I'll definitely be making more maps in the future~
metal975 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
This seems complicated for someone who hasn't ever used Photoshop. I'll try. Wish me luck.
calthyechild Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Well, good luck! If you run into some hurdles, send me a message with any questions.
Meirelle Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
pianofortedesigns Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Professional Writer
I used this tutorial to make a map for my novel Rook and Shadow. It was so helpful! Thank you so much! I thanked you in the Acknowledgements section of my book and included a link to your page. :)  Here's my map. pianofortedesigns.deviantart.c…
Terror-From-Beyond Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It would have been nice to know to not actually use the eraser to create the rivers so that coloring your landmass still works :(
calthyechild Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hm? I use the eraser to create my rivers these days, I color the landmass with a 'clipping mask' usually. I can't remember for sure what instructions I gave in the tutorial but you certainly didn't bung it up if you used the eraser!

If you have it like this

Layer: land
Layer: water

And you erased the rivers from the land layer, create a clipping mask layer over the land layer, and put your texture/color there.

Even if the landmass is on the same layer as the water, just make a layer underneath the same color as the water, and merge it. Use the magic wand selector tool to select the water color, keep the selection on, make a new layer, and fill it. Invert, make a new layer, and fill it. You now have your land and water separate. Let me know at what point you're at on the map and I can help you out.
Terror-From-Beyond Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I got around it eventually but it caused a sudden halt to my map for a while because the wand wouldn't select the erased river portions for the longest time. Just was a surprise at first is all.
slavandria Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
thank you so much for this!  I am trying to make my own map and everything you've included here will help me so much.
NovusIgnus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
This is awsome, will definitely be using this in the future. Thank you very much :)
Valeaves Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I use some of the textures (and of course your technique *-*) here ( ) *-* thank you for sharing this tutorial! Credit is given here (… ) (:
calthyechild Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Bitte. Danke für die Kredit/Link. :)
iwillburnyou Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is incredible. Thank you so much for your hard work!
apocalipsis666 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
nice tutorial, anxious to put on practice
tiagoccarvalho Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Love your page! Excelent Resources! Thank You
satirique Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
This is so cool, thanks :)
cp3a Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Fantastic :)
Smudgefactor Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is soooo great!  Thanks you!
Valeaves Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Greatest thank you!! This tutorial is perfect AND easy! *-* Thank you!
Tothem Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Amazing! Thanks a lot!
Lihlo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
Used it here:septembersongstress.deviantart…

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! :iconbrohugplz: :iconbrohugplz:
Dart-Black Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You are wonderful! :D
daylightsdauphin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Cool - thanks!
han-maxi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the inspiration :)
TinManSam Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
This helped me understand a few techniques I had not even thought of before. Thank you!
rosebfischer Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for all the work you put into this.
PeculiarPerspective Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow...amazing and useful and wow :D Thank you!
calthyechild Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hah, thanks! You're welcome.
calthyechild Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool, thanks for showing me!
Arrillin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Great thing! I'll definitely use them! Thanks. )
calthyechild Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great, glad they helped!
Moved-Account Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
is there a verison for GIMP?
calthyechild Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No, I don't use Gimp. If you would have read the comments below the tutorial, I believe I list that there's an image pack as well as a font version for the glyphs, however, so you're set, whether you'd like to make yourself a Gimp brushset or just use the font.

All of the textures are regular jpgs.
Moved-Account Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have no idea how to do that. But thanks.
calthyechild Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, just google 'how to make a GIMP brush' and you will get instructions on how to take any image you'd like and make a brush for Gimp.

Or just install the font and use the map symbol font instead. :) To install a font you put it into C:/Windows/Fonts and then restart the program and it'll show up in the list.
Moved-Account Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
calthyechild Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem! If you do make Gimp brushes from the images, you're welcome to post them on DeviantArt--just link to the original tutorial, and send me a link so I can put a link to them from the tutorial comments as well, because I get asked a LOT for Gimp brushes. :)
Moved-Account Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it works for GIMP also i tried it ^^
Mishranna Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing :heart: A true life saver :dummy:
Using here [link]
amber-necklace Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Hi, thanks for the tutorial! It is truly helpful and I wouldn't come up with such a clever solution myself.
Yesterday, I've started working on a map of a fantasy RPG world and as far, it looks better than I hoped for.
Keep doing such amazing job! :D
calthyechild Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Honestly, I wouldn't have come up with the solution myself either, but people kept asking me on my map brushes how to make a map, and the tutorial I used to link to used this method--disappeared off the net. I don't take credit for the method, but I thought it was a great method that deserved to live on so I recreated the basic idea of the tutorial from memory and threw my own twist onto it. I'm glad your map looks great!
PokaDotPonies Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you gwet the fonts to work?
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