Fantasy map design
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Fantasy map design

Create Your own worlds from scratch
4.3 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
8 students enrolled
Created by Filip Korić
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 26 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To create entire world maps from scratch, and in process learn valuable informations about Adobe Illustrator
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  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator (and maybe Photoshop, but not necessary)

This course will teach You how to create entire worlds/world maps from scratch. 

From sketching continents and islands to tracing, from height mapping to naming continents- this course covers it all. 

You will learn many valuable and useful lessions about Adobe Illustrator as well as cartography.

Many overlooked tools in Adobe Illustrator which might seemed unimportant will become essential in map design.

I work in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. I suggest You also work in Adobe Illustrator CC or newer version.

Who is the target audience?
  • Concept artist for video games
  • Concept artist for (fantasy) fiction
  • Fantasy map enthusiast
  • Cartography enthusianst
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Course overview
1 Lecture 01:41

Short course overview

Preview 01:41
4 Lectures 12:45

Learn about basic and most important tool used in map creation.

Lession01: Pencil tool

Understanding layers in Adobe Illustrator is of crutial importance if You want to have well structured and organised file.

Lession02: Layers

Important and very useful feature in Adobe Illustrator that will save You lots and lots of time.

Lession03: Global colors

Basic action before any design occurs. I strongly recommend to take sketching very serious.

Preview 05:48
Designing an island
4 Lectures 52:17

Lession where real things start to happen. In this lession You will learn how to import sketch, how to navigate layers, how to trace the sketch and how to set up basic ground and sea levels.

Preview 12:34

Lession where our island starts to get defined look. Basically, this lession is about creation of height map.

Lession06: Creation of mountains and hills

By adding rivers, lakes and swamps we will add finishing touches to our map.

Lession07: Creation of rivers, lakes and swamps

Final lession in this section of the course. By adding landmark icons, roads and names we will create perfectly legitimate map. Type of map we see and use in everyday life.

Lession08: Putting landmark icons, roads and names on the map
Designing a map of entire world
6 Lectures 01:17:37

Starting point of new section: creation of entire fantasy world map. In this lession, we will repeat the same steps we did in initial stages of island design; importing and tracing sketch and creating basic height level.

Preview 11:47

In this lession we will deal exclusively with sea levels- deep, middle and shallow.

Lession10: Designing sea levels

In this lession we will create height map for entire world. Be patient- this is very, very time consuming endeavour but also very rewarding.

Lession11: Designing entire worlds height map

Lession dedicated to the placement of two types of rivers on the map.

Lession12: Designing rivers

Lession in which map gets its final look, after adding depressions, lakes, swamps and deserts.

Lession13: Designing depressions, lakes, swamps and deserts

Lession dedicated to the naming of continents, mountain ranges, rivers...

Lession14: Naming
3 Lectures 17:41

My way of sketching maps (in Adobe Photoshop).

Preview 09:43

Adding names of empires, kingdoms, republics...

Empires, kingdoms, republics

Great tip about turning multicolored world map into shades of one single color.

Turning entire world map into shades of 1 color
About the Instructor
Filip Korić
4.3 Average rating
2 Reviews
8 Students
1 Course
Graphic designer

Graphic designer, photographer and illustrator with strong emphasis on packaging, visual identity and print design, food and drink photography, hi-end photo retouching and photomontages. In almost 10 years of expirience I have mastered a number of software and creative skills, worked for numerous clients and provided best possible restults. My software skills include advanced knowledge od Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Camera Raw and lightroom. Fell free to contact me for further informations