I'm new to illustrator and have been watching YouTube videos, but it seems like image tracing is more for larger images. I'm trying to recreate a map and scanned the old map, turned it into a JPEG and tested out image tracing to see if I could work off of that versus starting from scratch. However, there's a lot of lines to represent parking spaces, buildings, etc. so maybe image trace would only make this more difficult? I guess I'm looking for some advice in regard to map building, I have about 5-6 layout maps to recreate and if I can get the largest one done first I'm sure the rest will be a breeze. I'd appreciate any advice.
I've discovered a great tutorial for creating images from maps. It's called "How to turn a map into an artistic line drawing" but I think that pigeonholes the concept. Someone might have another purpose for a map image, not simply art.
I don't usually like to provide only links, but it's a bit too involved to paste here and would be merely duplicating someone else's work.
It could be easier if the image created was a direct vector image, but a clean bitmap is almost as good.
With the additional information regarding the target to be an apartment complex (valuable datum) one could consider contacting the county or city in which the complex is located. You can then identify the contractor responsible for the overall project, and from there, locate the firm responsible for the plan set. The entire property may be available in electronic form (and most certainly in paper form) from which you may be able to cull out the unwanted portions.
My house plans were originally paper, but the architectural firm responsible for the plans long ago converted to AutoCAD. I was able to get a copy and from there, removed various layers to clean up the final document. In my case it was suited for applying for a fence permit. I had to convince the company owner that I would not use the information for nefarious purposes. He provided the document without any business identification or company stamps or the like, which was fine with me. I hope you can be as lucky.