some real progress here. not in only the stage the map is in, but in learning some great photoshop techniques. i’ve added the snow at the entrance, some wall shadows, and defined the stairs with some shadows and highlights. all i really have left here is the lava.
as a point to note: i had sent Jon Roberts a message concerning some of the techniques he used as he wrote it for GIMP. i proceeded without an answer and i’m so glad i did! acting like a big boy i figured it out all by myself.