Mapping Star Systems (NEW CONTENT - FEB 2017)

 

Creating a Star System Map

In This Lesson:
This video shows you how to map out Star Systems.

To start, select a pre-defined template from all of the beautiful templates available in the Cosmographer add-in.

 
 

How to Trim Lines and Add Details to your Star Systems

In This Lesson:
You will learn how to trim lines in Campaign Cartographer 3, place orbits to moons, and create elliptical orbits. It also shows you how to add a sun, planets, moons and even an outer asteroid belt.

 
 

Adding Labels to your Star System Map

In This Lesson:
This video shows you how to add labels to your Map.

Add labels to your Star System Map and have fun naming the planets and moons.

 
 

Creating Original Planets for Sci-Fi Maps using Filter Forge

In the previous lessons, you learned how to create a lovely sci-fi map using CC3 and Consmographer. Now let's take your mapping up a notch! Let's create unique planets for your sci-fi settings.


Our goal for this lesson is to:

  1. Create a streamlined process for creating planet artwork that saves time
  2. Render hi-res planets in such a way that they can be added to a CC3+ map and...
  3. so they can used in printed documents (say, a portfolio of planets and systems) 

This lesson assumes you have downloaded and installed Filter Forge, a powerful tool I use for a variety of tasks.  You can get a trial  version of Filter Forge free. However, since the application is pretty expensive (sorry, it is!) I've rendered a about 400MB of sci-fi planet symbols from Filter Forge and placed them in the resources section, below.


Activities for This Lesson:

  • Download and Install Filter Forge - Run in trial mode
  • Get the PlanetGen3 Filter - Browse to the Filter Forge site and grab the PlanetGen3 filter.  
  • Create an Earth-Like Planet - Once the PlanetGen filter is loaded into Filter Forge, try creating an Earth-like planet. Be sure to:
  • create a new 800x800, transparent image workspace (File -> new image)
  • select a starting preset and immediately deselect the background
  • set the radius to 90
  • tweak the planet settings until you get the sort of planet you want
  • render the planet to a PNG file
  • save your planet setting as a preset
  • move the "variation" slider to a different value and generate an alternative but similar world... then save that as a PNG file too!
  • Take it to the Next Generation! Also, note that there is an even more advanced version of the PlanetGen filter, called PlanetGen4. Try adding that filter and messing with the controls! So much more power and features in this little baby!
  • Share your planets by uploading them to your social media account. Please tag me in the share @storyweavergames so I can checkout your creations.

 
Filter ForgeJoe's Megapack of Planets
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Creating Original Planets for Sci-Fi Maps using Filter Forge

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In April 2017, Profantasy released a mapping toolkit for High-Space galactic scale maps, based on artwork I prepared for the High-Space sci-fi RPG. This pack automates a lot of the mapping tasks I developed manually (see the Galact Mapping with Photoshop tutorial in this masterclass.)  

Our goal for this lesson is to:

  1.  Learn how to activate the High-Space Galactic Mapping wizard in CC3+
  2. Choose a map background (both portrait and landscape) 
  3. Add 'areas of influence' (aka sectors) to your map
  4. Add major system planets and 'translight' (wormgate) lines.
  5. Add labels and map title. 

This lesson assumes you have downloaded and installed the Profantasy Annual April 2017 and are running CC3+