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This is one of over 5964 effects generated by Filter Forge, a Photoshop plugin that allows you to create your own filters.

This effect:

  • can be easily altered;
  • offers up to 30,000 variations;
  • can be applied to any source image in Photoshop.

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Author: Crapadilla

Filter Details

  • Editor's Pick
  • Downloads: 9888
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2008
  • Usage Rank: High
  • Comments (43)


This effect filter turns your image into simple hand-inked and colored cartography, complete with meridians and border treatment. Usable for treasure maps, nautical navigation charts and the like.Thanks to uberzev for the 'Circular Angle Gradient' technique.Tips:- The 'Terra Firma' slider sets the extraction 'mode' used to generate the geography. It supports HSB (1-3), Lab (4-6) and RGB (7-9) channel extraction, as well as L (10) of HSL and Y (11) of HSY. Not every channel works well with every image, so be sure to experiment.NOTE: The meridians currently only work correctly on square source images and with 'Size, pixels' set to maximum.


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Filter Controls

  • Terra Firma
  • Sea Level
  • Invert Geography
  • Transparent BG
  • Coloration Chaos
  • Land Color
  • Paper Fabric
  • Shore Color
  • Shore Coloration
  • Shore Coverage
  • Shore Smoothness
  • Sea Color
  • Sea Coloring
  • Sea Coverage
  • Sea Smoothness
  • Ink Color
  • Ink Thickness
  • Ink Erode
  • Ink Jitter
  • Border On/Off
  • Border Color
  • Border Margin
  • Meridians On/Off
  • Meridian Offset H
  • Meridian Offset V