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This is my beginner’s guide to Photoshop – specifically in using it to create custom battle maps with my 2-Minute Tabletop assets. Please leave your requests and questions in the comments!

Want to give it a go? Here are some hand-picked asset packs to get you started.

Dungeon Map Assets

Create a dungeon map just like the one above with these:

  • City Street Tiles - Main
    City Street Tiles
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Treasure Hoard RPG Map Assets, Preview
    Treasure Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Cave Room Builder, demonstration cavern pieces
    Cave Room Builder
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Dungeon Room Builder Demo
    Dungeon Room Builder
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Dungeon Trap Tokens, preview 1
    Dungeon Trap Tokens
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Dungeon Passages
    Dungeon Passages

Forest Map Assets

If your adventures are above the ground, these are the assets for you!

  • Tiling Grass Texture - Main
    Tiling Grass Textures
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Bandic Camp Assets and Battle Map, Preview
    Bandit Camp Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • River & Water RPG Textures & Assets, demonstration map
    River & Water Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Grass & Road Assets, Preview
    Grass & Road Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Roadside Forest Tokens Page 1
    Roadside Forest Tokens
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Camp Tokens
    Camp Tokens
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00

Ocean Map Assets

For seafarers and those sailing the seas, you might like some of these.

  • Ocean Surface RPG Map Assets, preview
    Ocean Surface Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Ocean sea water tile texture map assets, preview
    Ocean Water Textures
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Sailing Ship Map Assets, build your own sailing ship map
    Sailing Ship Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Airships & Assets RPG Graphics, Mockup
    Airships & Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • galleon sailing ship map
    The Galleon
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • The Schooner
    The Schooner
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00

Modular Buildings

These buildings have consistent dimensions and staircase placement, meaning you can mix and match the different floors and create a huge number of combinations!

  • Little Library
    Little Library
  • General Goods Store
    General Goods Store
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • The Alchemist
    The Alchemist
  • Delightful Dwelling
    Delightful Dwelling
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • The Blacksmith
    The Blacksmith
  • Humble Home
    Humble Home

Miscellaneous Map Assets

Finally, some of my favorite asset packs that don’t fit the other categories!

  • Lightning Rail & Train Map Assets, Preview
    Lightning Rail & Train Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Caboose, Color Preview
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Sewer Map Assets, Preview 1
    Sewer Map Assets
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Steam Train Passenger Cars, Preview
    Passenger Cars
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Sewer Battle Map Tiles, Preview
    Sewer Map Tiles
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00
  • Mansion Furniture
    Mansion Furniture Tokens
    PWYW: $1 or FREE $1.00

And it doesn’t stop there! I have even more map assets on my gallery:

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Ross McConnell

DM, aspiring artist, and founder of 2-Minute Tabletop! I love drawing, writing, and worldbuilding, and this is the website where all of it comes together.

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  1. I’m having issues with the grid size as I’m trying to get the same outcome as you. Do you have a specific preference on the grid size?
    Other: just found your maps etc, and so far very happy.

    1. I always recommend 300 DPI for the DPI, which will control your grid size. You can refer to 00:28 in the video for my explanation, and 11:31 for how to use assets that don’t list the DPI or which import at strange dimensions. If you find assets like those please let me know! I’m trying to hunt down and convert them all to convenient dimensions.

      1. Thanks! It sorted itself out once I changed the grid preference to 300 DPI! I’ll let you know if I find any assets like that, so far all good.

  2. Hello, I have some trouble with a few element. Every Time I drag one element, like “wall corner inside diagonal” for example, in photoshop after i put the right diamension I don’t see anymore the real edge of the image because the program doesn’t see anymore the blank part inside the image that i had put inside. So i can’t use grid for align two or more image.
    Maybe is something in the Photoshop setting. Can you please help me, thank!

    1. Hi Chiara! I believe that you need to activate Transform again. When you first add the element it is automatically in transform mode but, when you select it later, this is not so. You can active Transform mode again by selecting the element layer and pressing Ctrl+T or navigating to Edit > Transform. This will enable the bounding box and all the fine controls. I hope this helps!

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