This is my commentary on how I color my battle maps using Gimp, a free alternative to Photoshop. I focus mostly on the ever-important skill of layer management, and ramble a little about color theory too.

 

 

In summary:

  • Isolate your line art
  • Put your colors down on separate layers
  • Put your light and shadow down on their own, top-most color layers
  • Play around with your colors until satisfied.

This video features the Dwarven Outpost map.

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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. This is fascinating to see your process… though I admit at one point I think I got motion sick it was moving so fast XD. Very cool! Love seeing in progress videos.

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Published: June 29, 2016

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