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Overhead making tutorial.

Post by DeoX on Thu 18 Mar 2010, 5:03 am

This is a short tutorial how I make these overhead maps. It's not the best one around but I hope you get the point.

Software used: Photoshop CS2 or newer

First, open the screenshot image and use a rectangular marquee tool to crop the image. Remember to hold SHIFT while dragging to get precise square shaped selection. Press crtl+c (copy).
http://i43.tinypic.com/4seg5d.jpg

Press ctrl+n (new) and ctrl+v (paste). Now you should resize the image into 512x512px pressing alt+ctrl+I. Do this and you should have something like this:
http://i40.tinypic.com/2rlyfcy.jpg

Create a new layer below the previous layer and set it's opacity to 50-70%. Select the empty layer and paint all the ground with black.
http://i43.tinypic.com/9qwl12.jpg

Create a white background below the layers. It should look like this:
http://i42.tinypic.com/2mb692.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/oix7rl.jpg

Fill (ctrl+f5) the ground texture:
http://i41.tinypic.com/14ahjwh.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/1fdywz.jpg

...and the hill texture:
http://i43.tinypic.com/seau4z.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/w8nkw9.jpg

Some filter effects on textured layers:
http://i43.tinypic.com/r1n70j.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/4lps8j.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/23m6c6b.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/vgtw80.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/16k1g6x.jpg

Press ctrl+U to change the hue of these two layers:
http://i39.tinypic.com/1cewz.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/10dsguq.jpg

Overlaying a texture: Duplicate the ground layer and select it by pressing select->load a selection->ok. Fill there a nice pattern.
http://i39.tinypic.com/4q4sg4.jpg

Overlay it.
http://i39.tinypic.com/e8stpy.jpg

This is where I though that the previous background looked crappy so I decided to make a new one. TIP: While spamming 'difference clouds' use 'last filter' tool (ctrl+f) to save time.
http://i41.tinypic.com/290ugap.jpg

Duplicate the cloud layer.
http://i42.tinypic.com/158b6g8.jpg

Change the hue (ctrl+u) of these two layers:
http://i44.tinypic.com/2l9poqs.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/23jg6t3.jpg

Hardlight it:
http://i41.tinypic.com/2ntej2o.jpg

more hue change:
http://i41.tinypic.com/2ro0494.jpg

Layer style effects:
http://i42.tinypic.com/jtqblh.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/13z4x9h.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/24m6n8x.jpg

Texture fine tuning...
http://i43.tinypic.com/2mwtuac.jpg

I copied a mapobjects psd file from newerth.com. Just cut and paste them on the image.
http://i42.tinypic.com/2v2bj9c.jpg


I can make an another tutorial to show you how to make generic forest overheads. This was just an experimental overhead image.

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Re: Overhead making tutorial.

Post by TNaismith on Thu 18 Mar 2010, 5:52 am

DeoX wrote:
Fill (ctrl+f5) the ground texture:
http://i41.tinypic.com/14ahjwh.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/1fdywz.jpg

...and the hill texture:
http://i43.tinypic.com/seau4z.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/w8nkw9.jpg

Some filter effects on textured layers:
http://i43.tinypic.com/r1n70j.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/4lps8j.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/23m6c6b.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/vgtw80.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/16k1g6x.jpg

Press ctrl+U to change the hue of these two layers:
http://i39.tinypic.com/1cewz.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/10dsguq.jpg

Overlaying a texture: Duplicate the ground layer and select it by pressing select->load a selection->ok. Fill there a nice pattern.
http://i39.tinypic.com/4q4sg4.jpg

Overlay it.
http://i39.tinypic.com/e8stpy.jpg

This is where I though that the previous background looked crappy so I decided to make a new one. TIP: While spamming 'difference clouds' use 'last filter' tool (ctrl+f) to save time.
http://i41.tinypic.com/290ugap.jpg

Duplicate the cloud layer.
http://i42.tinypic.com/158b6g8.jpg

Change the hue (ctrl+u) of these two layers:
http://i44.tinypic.com/2l9poqs.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/23jg6t3.jpg

Hardlight it:
http://i41.tinypic.com/2ntej2o.jpg

more hue change:
http://i41.tinypic.com/2ro0494.jpg

Layer style effects:
http://i42.tinypic.com/jtqblh.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/13z4x9h.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/24m6n8x.jpg

It seems in this section you went over pattern/overlays twice. It isn't a big problem, but it did make me confused for a second because I'm not 100% sure if I have to follow every single step to make an overhead, or if I can skip some of the stuff you already went through before *during the tutorial*.

I like the clever trick though at the beginning to change the opacity of a layer and fill black + white in different layers to separate the ground and hill sections -- without having to annoyingly use the lasso tool to outline it by hand. Very clever trick. =D Also, it was cool to see how you used different overlay patterns afterwards to make the map look nice -- combined with the hue settings. I never thought it was that easy to change the colors of something. I should have known how to do that when I started photoshop a year ago. xD

Nice tutorial! I found that I had to click open a new tab for every image in the tutorial, and then had to click back and forth from the tutorial to each image to follow what was going on. (I understand why though -- you save people time from having to load 20-30 images when they open this topic, which is a good move). Overall great job, can't wait to try something like this on my own time!

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Re: Overhead making tutorial.

Post by DeoX on Thu 18 Mar 2010, 6:21 am

Thanks!

Duplicate/overlay makes colors glow. If you add there a texture it becomes more cooler looking. Nothing really important.

There are some tricks I left out because they didn't really fit well in this tutorial.

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Re: Overhead making tutorial.

Post by Pauke on Thu 18 Mar 2010, 8:24 am

That's my map Smile nice tutorial DeoX ! thanks a lot

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Re: Overhead making tutorial.

Post by $asi N!nja (IL) on Sat 20 Mar 2010, 1:34 am

Thank you deox im realy need that i searched a lot of tutorials and....
im just need to download PhotoShopand improve my minimaps and overhead ty!

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