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Historical Map Tutorial for Photoshop by Arminius1871 Historical Map Tutorial for Photoshop by Arminius1871
Requested by a lot of people I created a historical map tutorial for Photoshop.

I had to learn most of this by myself and you can correct me if you know an easier way for a step.
Some techniques might be a bit difficult for people who never or rarely use Photoshop, but I really
tried to explain as much as possible in detail.

If something is very unclear write me a comment or note.

When you tested the tutorial I would like to see your result :) You don´t have to give credit,
I am just curious if it is useful for others.

It is a tutorial of this map:

German Empire with Northern Bohemia by Arminius1871
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Thanks for support to: :iconlumi-natis:
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:iconstrelet9:
Strelet9 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
I've started making historical maps via Photoshop. I will keep your tips in mind.

Thanks!
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
Great you can show me ur masterpieces then!
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:iconsaracennegative:
saracennegative Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Student
Thank you very much ! I will try.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
If u have questions ask me^^
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:iconwhiteeaglepl:
WhiteEaglePL Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
Thanks a lot for this tutorial! ^^
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:icondolphinyoshi:
DolphinYoshi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
Herro Hussar
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:iconwhiteeaglepl:
WhiteEaglePL Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
DolphinYoshi Hello, Matt
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:icondolphinyoshi:
DolphinYoshi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
lolusuk
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:iconwhiteeaglepl:
WhiteEaglePL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
omg kys matt
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:icondolphinyoshi:
DolphinYoshi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
loldie
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
Welcome a lot mate :)
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:iconwewlad11:
WewLad11 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
Hello Arminius, I'm f1nalstand (remember me?). Could you please help me out? I've been trying to follow along your tutorial however I've run into a problem: I cannot seem to recreate the cities I'm able to create the black circle and fill it with white, however I cannot recreate the dot in the circle. Here is an image of it so far, do you see anything wrong?
imgur.com/a/wx4lN
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
Hi!

Mh let me think. Two things are possible. The size is wrong of the dot (6 px) or
your layer is still a shape and not rasterized and it doesn´t overtake effects.
Try to rightclick on the layer and rasterize it.

If that doesn´t work we can do a quick skypecall^^
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:iconwewlad11:
WewLad11 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2016
Thanks for the quick response! I was able to fix it by setting the inner glow choke to 50% and the size to 4 px. However, I am having issues following your instructions on states: I cannot seem to get either method to work (my results is the imgur image below). Perhaps you can readd me on skype so I can ask you a couple more questions? It would be greatly appreciated!

imgur.com/a/BpgUq
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
I sent u a note
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:iconkingtorrhenstark:
KingTorrhenStark Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
Where do you usually look for / find base maps?
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
There is a great collection on wikipedia, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mai…
Just search for stuff like map, germany map, europe etc

or go to the page of David Rumsay:

www.davidrumsey.com/
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:iconkingtorrhenstark:
KingTorrhenStark Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
Thanks, and are lakes on the same layer as rivers?
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016
I made an extra layer for them, because when you want a dark blue contour
around the lake, you usually don´t want them around the rivers too,
so you must do separate layers^^
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:iconrjdetonador97:
RJDETONADOR97 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gimp is easier and free.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016
Gimp is Photoshop for poor people we always say XD
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:iconavatarvyakara:
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent! Now, all I have to do is get Photoshop...
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016
Thanks, I hope it helps you when u got it :)
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:iconpanzerbyte:
Panzerbyte Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Thanks a lot mate!
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:iconthemountainexplorer:
themountainexplorer Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Nice!
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Thanks :3
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:iconthemountainexplorer:
themountainexplorer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
No problem!,
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:icontullamareena:
Tullamareena Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2016
Aww yesss. It's enlightening to see how you do things. I so far I only have the knowledge that I discovered myself and what I had to find on the internet. Thanks for this!

However, open source master race . Inkscape will always be superior >: ) you sellout.

Btw, have you seen this video of colour footage of Berlin around the beginning of the 20th century?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-m9A8…
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Great that you like it, maybe you find something you can need^^

Haha Inkfake :P Nah it is definitly great some say even easier,
but I like Photoshop.

Yes it is awesome, do you know this one:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDpJcy…
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:icontullamareena:
Tullamareena Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016
Sad, what happened German and European cities. Even though we were in both world wars, Australia is so isolated that no considers attacking us :D (Big Grin) (ok well, there was that one time when Imperial Japanese aircraft bombed Darwin, but that was an exception). I've seen articles that evaluate which countries would be the safest if a WW3 broke out, and the answer is always #1 NZ and #2 Aus. Unless its a nuclear war, the we're all f*cked. But out of the rubble that was created by WW2, cities rose back up. That's why some cities have such modern buildings (modern-style bridges, skyscrapers, shopping centers). Do you prefer modern buildings or traditional ones?

Have you seen this colorized photo?
i.imgur.com/yv80mqb.jpg
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
Indeed, and I hate the Nazis for being the main cause of all that.

Then I know where to go if ww 3. is coming XD I am sure Europa would be a battlefield
if it breaks out, but at least I can go to the Alps :/

I love both, historical and modern building but...the modern must be really beautiful,
not just a grey communist cube, as they were created a lot in the 60s and 70s.

Looks great did make it?

Also do you have skype?
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:icontullamareena:
Tullamareena Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
Yeah go to the top of Jungfraujoch :D .  The communist cubes are an insult to European cities. Budapest has plenty, almost all of them are grey. The government is promising to paint them coloured, but they've been promising that for a long time now.

No I didn't make that. But apparently its not that difficult to colourise old photos. I'm planning on trying it soon. I have skype. I'll send my name over on a PM so you can add me :)
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
Great I check it soon.
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:icongabbanoche:
Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The toil :o (Eek) 
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Toilette? XD wtf
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:icongabbanoche:
Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No :D I mean it was a lot of work to make one map, takes a lot of energy. It's a toil.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
Lol weird english words XD
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:icongabbanoche:
Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anyways, good map :)
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
Thanks XD I just troll English sometimes^^
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:icongabbanoche:
Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now you made me confused using internet slang :O
I thought troll was when you were being a jerk?
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
Trolling is also doing a joke to friends.
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DakyIllustrations Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Haha XD Halleluja lobet den Herrn XD
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:iconlehnaru:
Lehnaru Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Inkscape seems easier :P
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Like deine Mudda :P
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:icongregxter:
Gregxter Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool Arminius!
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Thanks so much!
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:iconterrantechnocrat:
TerranTechnocrat Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Awesome. I'm gonna need this when I get Photoshop.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Great I hope it will help you then^^
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