How to Create Stunning 3D Maps with 3D Map Generator - GEO
If you are looking for a way to create realistic and detailed 3D maps for your projects, you might want to check out the 3D Map Generator - GEO plugin for Photoshop. This plugin allows you to generate isometric 3D maps from any shape and size, with heights and depths in the terrain, and customize them with various tools, textures, effects, brushes and icons. You can use the 3D maps for illustrations, presentations, game design, location descriptions, weather maps and much more.
In this article, we will show you how to use the 3D Map Generator - GEO plugin to create your own 3D maps in minutes. We will also share some tips and tricks to make your maps look more realistic and professional.
What is 3D Map Generator - GEO
3D Map Generator - GEO is a Photoshop plugin that was created by Orange_Box, a graphic design studio based in Germany. It is the third version of their popular 3D Map Generator series, which also includes 3D Map Generator - Atlas and 3D Map Generator - Terrain. The plugin was released in August 2015 and has received many positive reviews and ratings from users[^1^].
The plugin works with Photoshop CC-2014 or higher and requires an internet connection to access the map data. It is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. The plugin costs $21 and can be purchased from GraphicRiver[^1^].
How to Use 3D Map Generator - GEO
To use the plugin, you need to install it first. You can download the installer from your GraphicRiver account after purchasing the plugin. The installer will guide you through the installation process and create a folder called \"3D Map Generator - GEO\" in your Photoshop presets folder. You will also find a PDF manual and some example files in the folder.
To launch the plugin, you need to open Photoshop and go to Window > Extensions > 3D Map Generator - GEO. A panel will appear on the right side of your screen with various options and buttons. You can resize and dock the panel as you wish.
The plugin has four main steps: Shape, Texture, Style and Export. You can switch between them by clicking on the tabs at the top of the panel. Let's go through each step in detail.
The first step is to create the shape of your map. You can use any text layer, vector shape, smart object or one of the 52 vector country shapes that are included in the plugin. You can also use your own custom shapes by importing them as smart objects.
To create a shape, you need to select a layer in your Photoshop document and click on one of the three buttons at the bottom of the Shape tab: Top View, Left View or Right View. These buttons will generate an isometric 3D map from your shape in one of three orientations. You can also adjust the map scale by using the slider or entering a value in pixels.
If you want to create a shapeless map, you can click on the Shapeless button instead. This will generate a random terrain based on your layer size and color. You can also use the Height/Depth tool to manually paint heights and depths on your map.
The next step is to apply textures to your map. You can use one of the 16 textures that are included in the plugin or use your own custom textures by importing them as smart objects.
To apply a texture, you need to select a layer in your Photoshop document and click on one of the four buttons at the bottom of the Texture tab: Auto Texturing, Fake Contour Lines, Diffuse Surface or Custom Texturing.
The Auto Texturing button will automatically apply a texture based on your map shape and color. You can choose from four presets: Default, Snowy Mountains, Steppe or Ice and Snow. You can also adjust the texture size by using the slider or entering a value in pixels.
The Fake Contour Lines button will create contour lines on your map based on your map height. You can adjust the line width, color and opacity aa16f39245