Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cartography of Mother's Gate: a mapping directory

This post is part of a series to augment the Codex of the Known World available for free download.

The best and latest cartography resources are gathered here at

Find more worldbuilding content in my Codex Directory.

Also check out the maps for the TotKW Saga at

How to Make Fantasy Maps in Photoshop

This exclusive guide provides step-by-step instructions for making maps in Photoshop.

It also provides some great information on how to build a realistic world.

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Planning the Cartography of Awakening: what lands to map and what to omit #TotKW A mapping resource by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part 1 of a series.
Planning the Cartography of Awakening

Before making any maps, I had to decide what to show and omit from each map.

I reflected on each map's audience, the best boundaries for each map, and the best dimensions to depict those boundaries.

Start this cartography post series here...

Styling the Cartography of Awakening

I chose an old-world style of mapping that resembles antique watercolor.

However, this style uses topography symbols for mountains and forests, and I had to plan for the limitations of this cartography style.

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The Apprentice Cartographer of Awakening

For every Photoshop technique I employed, I envisioned how an old-world cartographer would produce the same visual result.

The idea of this old-world cartographer took on a life of its own.

Finish this cartography post series here...

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  1. Hello there! My name is D.N.Frost, and I'm a fantasy author, cartographer, and world-builder. My love for storytelling drives me to build the Known World, map its lands, and tell its tales. Let me send you my free ebook at!


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