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How do I change a google map into something similar to the map in the 1st poster? How do I change it to blue and also include shadows?

Please help!

Regards, sammydude

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    Are you asking how to turn any map into black and white and overlay on blue? Or are you asking how to make a Google Map look like a turn-of-the-century engraving? – DA01 Oct 21 '12 at 20:17
  • I want to make a Google Map look like a turn-of-the-century engraving. Probably after that I could overlay the image with blue to resemble something similar to the above image. – sammydude Oct 24 '12 at 15:20
  • Well, there's no magic step to do that. There are some fairly nice engraving plug-ins for Photoshop that MIGHT get you close, though. – DA01 Oct 24 '12 at 16:00
  • But note in your example that that is an old engraving. It would have been hand illustrated. – DA01 Oct 24 '12 at 16:01

You can do these steps in Photoshop:

These has a license that can be purchased if you need to use it commercially.

  • In Photoshop, load the map and texture into two different layers and use Multiply on the top layer:

Multiply layers

That will give you something like this:

Map flattened

At this stage you might want to consider extending/cloning edges and so forth depending on the usage.

  • Flatten the two layers and convert the image into a "3D Postcard" (Photoshop CS5+ extended):

3D Postcard menu

  • Rotate as needed (use the camera rotate tool).
  • Then add a spot-light to the scene, place it where you need it and set colors for scene and the light.
  • You want to turn down ambient light pretty much almost to the bottom. Also give it a blue hue:

Ambient lighting

  • Then set the light color - also adjust hotspot, softness and intensity to achieve best results.

Light color

This will result in something like this - not identical, but to show the steps in one approach to achieve this type of look:

Final result


Stamen Maps looks like a great resource for changing the styling of maps.


  • That page is amazing! Perhaps it'd be good to add an explanation of what it does or a couple of images of the results, so the answer gives a better idea of it before clicking the link. – Yisela Oct 31 '12 at 21:02

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