I used to love drawing my own treasure maps as a boy, especially the tea-staining stage which transformed my doodled piece of white paper into an antique parchment. I’ve been reliving that childhood experience by producing a toolkit for Adobe Illustrator which helps you construct your own treasure map digitally, using a range of vector assets to plot a route to buried treasure on a fantasy island. Download my free Treasure Map Maker to create fun artwork for party invitations, storybook imagery, wall art and more. It includes vector graphics, brushes and patterns that can be quickly combined to build a fictional landscape.
My free Treasure Map Maker is a combination of tools and vector graphics that help you to build an illustrated fantasy map quickly and easily. It contains 24 hand-drawn assets, including mountains, trees, ships, and a treasure chest to fill out the landscape with scenery. Copy/Paste each individual graphic, or drag and drop them directly from the supplied Symbol Library (Tip: The Symbol Sprayer tool is great for placing multiple trees!).
Choose from 4 ready-made island outlines, or draw your own using a selection of brushes to add details to coastlines and borders. Pattern brushes of doodled dots and dashes also help you plot your route.
Then finish off your map with 3 pattern swatches which add grid effects and an illustrated texture to the seas, before placing the bonus vintage paper texture as an overlay with the Multiply blending mode to give your treasure map the perfect aged appearance.