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Ladies and Gentlemen. I present: Map Patterns for the Realm. Please feel free to use them, so long as you credit me.
Included are 11 patterns that you can set to Multiply or Darken to add a little flavor to your D&D maps. There are two versions of the aquatic pattern, one black on white, the other white on black.
To use these, simply copy and past the file into the Photoshop > Presets > Patterns file. Then you can load them into photoshop by selecting Edit > Presets Manager > Patterns > Load. The Patterns will then be available for use in PS!
Please note that these were created in Photoshop CS2, so they may not be backwards compatible.
 it works this time. -.-
[edit edit] *12monthsOFwinter tells me that these even work for Elements v4. Hurray!
I read a lot of fantasy stories set in Medieval European-esque worlds. One thing I notice is how commonly everyday objects from our times find there way into these stories - things us archaeologists call Anachronisms - so I made this graphic as a quick reference for anyone who wants to keep their world 'authentic'. By far the most common anachronisms I see are food items from the Americas (please take note writers of Skyrim).
Disclaimer: I'm not an historian (technically I'm a prehistorian, the 'pre' bit meaning I didn't have to read as much to get my degree!). Although I have tried to be accurate to the best of my knowledge, I've been wrong before. So if you spot any factual errors with this let me know and I'll update it.
ERRATA I: I stumbled on a source that mentioned bananas made it to the Mediterranean in the early medieval period, but it was unclear whether they were widely cultivated or whether they were just curiosities. However, there is a strong suggestion they were cultivated in medieval Arabia and would have been known about.
The first technique I adopted after reading about it on the blog of Natasha Newton when she very generously shared her particular style of dry-brushing. The other, I developed in response to my problem of not owning any PanPastels in dark shades and having difficulty creating shadows. Previously, I would only use Rangers Walnut Distress Ink to create shadows when using PanPastels but this was very time-consuming so I added another step using a Burnt Umber wash.
The most important part of mastering any individual style: the face.
1. Kishimoto makes his eyes in two basic shapes. Square and rectangle. Square for the young/naive character. And rectangle for the wiser/sly character. 2. Kishimoto tries to put some realistic anatomy principles into his face. The nose changes usually on the angle of the head, and if the nostrils show or not. 3. His faces are usually round, not angular like most anime styles. I haven't seen many other face style then the two; fat and skinny.
Hope these help anyone trying to master the Kishimoto style! I'm still learning, so if I've mistaken anything let me know.
Other Tuts: (In Russian)
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