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Sketchy Cartography Brushes by StarRaven Sketchy Cartography Brushes by StarRaven
- The zipped folder contains a Photoshop brush file containing all the brushes shown here, as well as a transparent .PNG file with all the images on it, in case you're using something that does not support this file type.

- Please link to this if you use these brushes, so that people can easily find them if they like them! (In fact, that's just a nice thing to do with any stock you use.)

- You don't have to ask my permission to use these (except for commercial purposes*) - the answer is yes. If you ask me anyway, I'll tell you yes and thank you for being polite. :3
*You may use these in deviantART Prints. For commercial use outside of deviantART, please do contact me for permission.

- I always appreciate a link to deviations made with my resources; I love to see what people make!

- If you have any comments or critique, I would love to hear it! Tell me what you think so I can make these better and more usable.

Edit: Now contains bigger town icons, by popular demand. Also contains the jungle blocks, which were missing from the first version for some reason. If you want to download the recent additions only, you can find those here: [link]


My favorite maps that use these brushes: [link]
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Given 2012-08-31
[Stock & Resources] Sketchy Cartography Brushes by ~StarRaven A well thought out and executed brush pack that will help your cartographic adventures to become more detailed. ( Featured by Elandria )
:iconthisboyistoast:
thisboyistoast Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Did I just see these brushes used to create the map in the Shannara Chronicles show?
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:iconroyaleisia:
Royaleisia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Hi! May I use these brushes in the map I'm making for my fantasy novel? It will be published in the back of the book.
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:iconzooguido:
zooguido Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2016
Hi!! Awesome brushes!! I'm writing to ask if it would be okay for me to use these brushes to aide in creating my band's debut album art.

Cheers and thanks for your time,

Dave of Tidewalker
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:iconzyrinh:
ZyrinH Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
This brushes are very, very nice man.
U are one of the best!
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:icondamlovski:
damlovski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Hello. Can you tell me what those things in the two lines above "Sketchy Cartography Brushes" mean? They are pretty nice and I would like to know what they symbolise. 
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:iconfallenavalon:
FallenAvalon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll let you know as soon as I make something. Thanks for making these available :D
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:iconborderwalker:
Borderwalker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Student Photographer
considdering using these, commenting to make note of this. Pretty neat stuff.
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:iconrexsvea:
RexSvea Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  New Deviant
Thanks for letting me use your brushes. Here is the result! rexsvea.deviantart.com/art/Map…
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:iconphesant33:
Phesant33 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks hey
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:iconmonkeyangelou:
MonkeyAngelou Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hey there! I used your brushes! They were mega helpful and it would mean a lot if you checked out what I did with your work!

Map Squad!
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:iconcassandralove09:
CassandraLove09 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
very thankful for these! I was using a map making site and it is hard to edit there. photoshop is easier!
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:iconjmcnelis:
jmcnelis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Thank you for posting these!  I got the link to this page from www.instructables.com/id/How-t….

I've never made a map in Photoshop before and I found that tutorial and he linked here.  So looking forward to creating loads of mountains and towns and stuff!!

I know you said we could use these without asking, but I do want to ask if I could use them to make my new maps!  I won't be making any money off these maps, just using them for my own local campaign.

Thanks again!!
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:iconhyrule452:
Hyrule452 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's coool I can use it for ZELDA 2 looooool.
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:iconmarciin:
MarciiN Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice brushes! I love it :D marciin.deviantart.com/art/Map…
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:icononyxxiii:
OnyxXIII Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is such a godsend! I'm putting together a LARP campaign, and trying to make a simplistic map (that's easy to remember) look cool and realistic, so I scanned in a pen outline of coasts and rivers, thinking I'd have to cut and paste bits of other fantasy maps, only to stumble upon this beautiful set of brushes! I'm sure this will make my life as a fantasy writer, campaign author, and otherwise connoisseur of fantasy cartography so much easier! Many many thanks, StarRaven, and my compliments on beautiful artwork.
Despite your precluding this question, May I use your pack in many maps to come? With any luck, you'll stumble upon a novel and see your own work in the inside cover! (An unlikely prospect, if I'm a judge of my own writing)

Now to go see how this is going to work out in practice! On the off chance that I remember, I may come back and post a copy of the finished map.
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:icononyxxiii:
OnyxXIII Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
(IF I end up selling one of the maps I use these in, either by commercializing my tiny LARPing group, or actually finishing a novel, I will let you know, and ask your permission to publish, once again)
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:iconarzoncnaster:
ArzonCnaster Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much. have a look arzoncnaster.deviantart.com/ar…
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:iconfateofthevalkyrie:
fateofthevalkyrie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
I have a group online I use for creative writing, this is acceptable? just want to make sure; it isn't for money, just for fun and i'd love to use these brushes
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:iconrconfiant:
rconfiant Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
I would like to use a map created with your brushes for my book. Do I have your permission?
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:iconlordfrost9:
LordFrost9 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Hello , I am new here and need some help.... I want to start making Maps for my home brew D&D games.
And I need to know if these Brushes will work in Photoshop Elements or Corel Paintshop Pro X6.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

LordFrost
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:icononebattleman:
onebattleman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
May I use theses for the a map I'm making for my book?
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:iconnikwriter:
nikwriter Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
I'm a fantasy author and I'm writing a web series where readers can sign up to play the role of characters.  Though I have many profit projects, this one is completely free!  I'll contact you if that changes at any time, as I've used your brushes for my map, which you can check out in the side bar at www.lives-of-gethra.com (click it to see the size!)  I'll feature and link to this from my credits page at that website.  Thanks for the great brushes!
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:icon19grassb:
19grassb Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
Is this compatible with Photoshop CC? I keep trying to use it but it's giving me an error, does anyone have some advice?
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:icontriffid1502:
Triffid1502 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
These are great brushes, and I would like to ask permission to use some of them on a map for a book I am seeking to publish. I would of course write an acknowledgement on the map page.
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:iconacuriousm:
aCuriousM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Not sure if I'll use these but wondering if I could use them in a design? Thanks =)
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:icongcreation:
GCreation Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Amazing material 
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:icongreenhorn001:
Greenhorn001 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
These look awesome. Im trying to make a map for my fantasy world that I created years ago when I was writing a fantasy story during high school. Got any tips? Cause im not so good at drawing and this is my first time at map making for photoshop. :)
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:iconzyrinh:
ZyrinH Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Youtube have a lot of tutorials how to do fantasy maps. I recomended to see this.
:)
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:icontriffid1502:
Triffid1502 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
There are some great map making tutorials on Youtube using photoshop for fantasy maps. If you search 'Fantasy Mapmaking tutorial' a selection should come up for you to choose from. Happy map making.
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:iconlesopeso:
Lesopeso Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist
Wonderful brushes StarRaven!, you inspired me to do this:
lesopeso.deviantart.com/art/Gr…
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:iconhoodlemon:
HoodLemon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
Hey StarRaven! i really love your brushes and would love to use them for a graphic novel im working on! I promise ill share any profit my production makes, and I will credit you as an artist in the novel.
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:iconnatural--20:
Natural--20 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student Writer
grabbing
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:iconkirom502:
Kirom502 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Thank you for these beautifull brush :)
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:iconkonnichiwamidori:
konnichiwamidori Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
amazing! thanks for sharing
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:iconoostormiee:
oostormiee Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
hi! I used your wonderful stock here: oostormiee.deviantart.com/art/…
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:iconcarte-ebene:
Carte-Ebene Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every map I made use your brushset. It's absolutely beautiful!
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:icontakbirallahuakbar:
takbirallahuakbar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Where is the zipped folder?
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:icontakbirallahuakbar:
takbirallahuakbar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
nvm
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:iconterpantine:
terpantine Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
I can;t seem to find the download link. these are incredible.
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:icontakbirallahuakbar:
takbirallahuakbar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
top-right
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:icontakbirallahuakbar:
takbirallahuakbar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
It's in the top-right hand corner (Download button with green arrow)
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:iconterpantine:
terpantine Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
How do I download this brush set?
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:icontulsadlance:
tulsadlance Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Love these brushes.... May I use them for my D&D Map Making  *recalls description* Thanks! You're Awesome!
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:iconemperorlou:
Emperorlou Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Hi there! I'd like to use these brushes to make a map for a game I'm working on as seen here: playinitium.com

As such, I'm asking for commercial permission. Thanks!
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:icondimeolas7:
Dimeolas7 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Thx for these, awesome :)
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:iconlesliemariedawson:
LeslieMarieDawson Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great set! Used here: lesliemariedawson.deviantart.c…
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:iconaufgeben:
Aufgeben Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Thank you so much! These are amazing. c: I used them here:
aufgeben.deviantart.com/art/Ia…
aufgeben.deviantart.com/art/Fa…
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:iconcaptainrobertdacher:
CaptainRobertDacher Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
I would like to thank you for letting this be "open source."  Is a huge help making maps for DnD campaigns!
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