Video: How To Create Topographic Map Patterns in Photoshop

Follow along with today’s Photoshop tutorial to create a topographic map effect. I’ll show you how you can quickly create a detailed pattern with a combination of Photoshop Filters, then show you how the parameters of those filters can be adjusted to customise the effect. This new technique provides some really useful advantages over my previous Contour Map tutorial, such as infinite scalability and a super-fast way to process unique pattern styles.

How To Create Topographic Map Patterns in Photoshop

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  1. Another one where I pulled several bits of knowledge from, thank you so much! Love it and will try it out soon.

  2. When you added gradient map, you did fast or you didn’t show some steps or clicks. I slowed the video to 0.25% and still didn’t see how you applied the gradient

    • Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.

      In the properties panel click on the gradient and change the colour values or click through the presets above to change your colours.

      If all you’re seeing is a gradient without the map coming through you’ve most likely created a ‘Gradient Fill’ rather than a ‘Gradient Map’

  3. Great tutorial, but wondering why my lines are multi-colored after I apply the Find Outlines. If I apply the gradient, it covers the whole area.


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