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In response to a couple of requests, I've put together a video tutorial that can walk you through how to make a terrain map out of an astronomical object like a nebula, the Milky Way, or another galaxy. I suggest you watch it with closed captions on.




I hope you like it!
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GLoRToR Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018   General Artist
This earned you another watcher, man. I've been trying to figure out a way to make terrain. Can you explain city terrain next perhaps?
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I've only ever tried a city map once, and that was back in my early days of mapping. There are some stunning city maps you can find on dA, and I understand most of the processes that goes into making them, but making them right is a long and arduous process; it'd be more of a series of video tutorials than a single one.
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GLoRToR Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018   General Artist
Does this mean you aren't willing to?
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not quite; it's a question of time and priorities right now; I've got a pretty big project I'm working on at present, along with a doctoral thesis I'm trying to finish (plus I have five kids, a full-time job, and a part-time job). Teaching myself how to make city maps and then making a video tutorial on the subject is not very high on the priority list, but it's something I'd like to try once life slows down a bit.
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GLoRToR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018   General Artist
Good luck with all of that. I'm finally following my dreams after all that education misery. Part of which is world design. Do you have any resources for cities and interiors perhaps that I can look up? Google is bad at being helpful these days somehow.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a very useful tool for making interior/dungeon maps in GIMP:
www.cartographersguild.com/sho…

That website is also chock full of great tools for worldbuilding; you can find tutorials for most everything you just mentioned there.
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:iconglortor:
GLoRToR Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018   General Artist
Thanks man. Also, happy birthday in five days :)
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KainTheSupreme Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifull Tutorial!
I will Try! °_°

P.S.: I use Gimp too ^_^
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Please share the results!
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KainTheSupreme Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ehehe As You Wish!

World-Map Gimp meets Wilbert by KainTheSupreme

I loved this tutorial, Thanks for creating it and for sharing with Us! ;)
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, cool! I like the landmass shape of this version better than my own.
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KainTheSupreme Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks XD
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dizzleman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good stuff. Very interesting. Doubt I will ever use it, but it was interesting enough that I watched the whole process beginning to end anyway! Thanks for sharing.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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MLPcomiclover Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
very interesting!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MLPcomiclover Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
its really cool! ur welcome!!
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AlexSkullUterna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
That's stealing!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, what do you mean?
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Amanda-Kulp Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well how do I make a nebula like that? Do you have any tutorials on nebulas? Thanks!!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's an excellent question! In this case, I did not make the nebula; it's a real picture of a real nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. I haven't created my own nebulas, but it's certainly possible. In fact, many of the terrain techniques for fantasy cartography rely on randomized cloud filters, which could easily be adapted to make a nebula.

Here's a basic video tutorial on making nebulas. It's for photoshop, but you could use the same techniques with GIMP.

Here's another video by the same guy using Apophysis, a flame image generator. I haven't tried it yet, but the results look fantastic.
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sbcpetew Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! 
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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KadenStrebe Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, that's really cool
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Please do share your creation if you give it a try.
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is the sort of thing that my brain tends to obsess about... even the patterns formed by grass clippings on a driveway after a rain storm can be quite amazing when viewed in the context of highly compressed fluid dynamics and natural erosion. i'm seldom without my camera and i'll photograph natural shapes that i find all the time... cracks in the sidewalk are beautiful when seen as rivers transposed over other landscapes... 
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome. I love it when art changes the way I look at something.
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
a few years before i was introduced to DA, i took a photo of a leaf in a parking lot and by using very basic techniques began to create well over 700 different patterns by diving deeper into the replicated shapes and textures...in fact one of the first posts i made to DA was a thin slice of a photo of looking up at a tree and branches then mirroring the image then replicating it several times which transformed it into an arching cathedral ceiling... even now, i look for smaller patterns in bark and lichens 
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, this little conversation of ours inspired me to make this map out of a hand x-ray. Thanks for making me think about useful images in other places!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D (Big Grin) glad i was able to lead you down a one of many new tangents... think you would really enjoy working with raw fractals at some point...just sayin' 
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll have to look into that. Got any specific tutorials I could look at for fractal work?
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you can look at the fractal forums site which should be helpful or look at the following gallery aureliuscat.deviantart.com/  he's been on DA for years and his own amazing work inspired me to start experimenting with several of the raw fractal programs available on the net...there are also many groups on DA for raw fractal art and  there are some rather amazing fractal animations on youtube that might capture your interest: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5YY2X… 
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015   Interface Designer
Now this is awesome, thanks for this 
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you like it.
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Cetlas Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
That is amazing!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I hope you find it useful.
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The-Black-Terror Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I never would have thought to use pictures of galaxies and nebulae in that form! good job!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I hope you find it useful in your own creations.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
Ah this so cool really, sadly I only use Photoshop :/
But maybe I can transfer your technique to Photoshop too,
let´s test it maybe^^
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Someone actually viewed my video! I think you should be able to follow this in Photoshop, for the most part. You'll still need Wilbur to do the erosion effects, but the other critical tools you'll need are in Photoshop: Color gradient mapping, bump mapping, selecting by color, feathering the selection, and sharpening the selection.  Please do give it a try!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
I will try it definitly, it´s in my favs!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I'd be very curious to see your results.
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