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Atlas Elyden Style Guide (tutorial) by vorropohaiah Atlas Elyden Style Guide (tutorial) by vorropohaiah
By popular demand, a guide to how I create my Atlas Elyden maps.  

This isn't a full-out tutorial, though more of a guide to how I create the maps, so a working knowledge of how Photoshop and projected maps work is assumed. I don;t go into details like which exact colours are used and so on as I expect anyone wanting to emulate the style to use their own colours. It's no fun copying things word-for-word :)

Hope you enjoy, and as always, you can check out my Patreon for more images and details of the world. Patrons get exclusive content, like PSDs and high-res JPGs of the maps, as well as textless versions for use in your own work. A more detailed version of this tutorial should be up for patrons later on in the month.

#atlaselyden #fantasycartography #tutorial
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ArthurNewton Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Wow, 10 years? And I thought my friend spent a long time on his world (8 1/2 years now).
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
not much difference really. I know people whove spent half as long on their worlds but have put a lot more work into them. I;ve written a few unpublished novels (im editing one im hoping to release), a bunch of short stories, and 1,000,000+ words of lore
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ArthurNewton Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I don't know...that's quite a bit. but, i guess i can't stay focused on the stuff i do on DA...

Well, let's hope you don't grow weary at the wrong time! Clap  
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
thanks :)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Very great overview, are those extra pograms beside PS for free?

:icontonio103: might enjoy this tut as well.
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Tonio103 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this DArtist and watching him. I already knew about this tut ^^
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
No u don´t I showed u sth super cool and new and u r totally impressed!
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Tonio103 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes Markü-sama
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
<3
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
G. Projector is free and available from NASA though you need Java installed and updated for it to work.

Flexify 2 is $54 but the free trial is good too
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nanwe01 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
This is amazing. Your maps are really good. I had a small question regarding the mountains, how do you decide where to place them and how they should look like? I'm trying to come up with a realistic mountain range and a massif but I don't know where to start. So any recommendations would be awesome ! :D
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I look at real world maps and atlases, at regions I imagine to look like the area I'm working on at the time and extrapolate from them, trying to make them a bit more extreme to look more fantasy-like, which is difficult with topographical maps
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irishhighlander Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist
Awesome :D
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks :)
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Impesio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
How did you manage to to so precise coastlines?
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It's just freehand using either the lasso and then filling it, or the pen tool
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Impesio Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Did you really made every single little island on the map yourself?
Some are barely visible. That's incredible.
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yep :) I never took note of how long the black and white world map took me but it must have been months
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kuby64 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing.
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thanks :)
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kuby64 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No problem dude. ;)
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:iconpsychowolfvsinsanity:
Wow this is awesome!:)
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the comments
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testabuddy05 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student
so this is how you design maps for fantasy shows and games right??? owo
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
well I cant speak for other people, but this is how i make these particular style of maps :)
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testabuddy05 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student
Ok :3
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Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Thanks for adding this. It's nice to get an idea of the design processes that contribute to maps you produce.
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thanks :) quite a lot of people had asked me about them so I figured better write this rather than repeating the same thing over and over :)
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Nhlaqgor Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I also have to thank you fot creating this!
I always admired the style of your maps. They are by far the best and most beautiful one in my opinion.
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thanks :)
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inuzupunupi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this!
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
you're welcome :)
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