Questions tagged [maps]

Questions about maps; two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional space. Usually applied to represent geographic features.

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How to merge vectors in Illustrator into 1 compound path only displayed with an outline/stroke?

I have an overlay I want to drape on top of another map of SC for a project. The screenshot below is supposed to be an overlay, and the vectors came from ArcGIS Pro. If you are unfamiliar with GIS ...
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Best way to paint on a texture map?

Let's say I've got a UV map with defined edges of the certain elements of an object and white lines inside those edges. What is the best way to paint upon that? It seems a little bit unnatural (as I'm ...
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Mapping 3D RGB color-space to 1D Visible light wavelength

I wonder how to make a 1-to-1 mapping between the 3D RGB color-space and 1D visible light wavelength (nanometers)? I have shown their images below: I mean if I want to know what is the RGB color that ...
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Software to help me create an approximate route (just sites and arrows) on a map?

I'm in the middle of writing a thesis on the most authentic Exodus route (following the clues given in the bible). I would like to demonstrate on a map the sites and locations where the Israelites ...
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Inkscape - How to fill a shape with this specific pattern?

I want to copy the style of this technical map of a racetrack with Inkscape, but I don't know how to fill a shape with: the bigger and uniform blue dots and the smaller and more diverse blue/green ...
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Transparency appears white on Illustrator CS6

I'm digitalizing a map I drew and scanned, and overall everything is working, more or less, fine. I wanted to make the names of places stand out and found THIS tutorial on how to do a knockout border ...
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Cut out a city in a map based on (a path) administrative boundries

I want to cut out this city, from a map, based on the yellow dotted line (administratieve boundries). So what is within the yellow line I want to remain and what is out off the line I want to delete. ...
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What order should floor plan views go on a tower illustration?

I have a tower illustration which has circular floors, of differing sizes. I have small, but detailed plan views of each floor, and I want to arrange them around the tower to serve as an over all map. ...
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Replicating a fantasy map coastline pattern along a path

In fantasy maps coastlines are sometimes portrayed using a combination of two parallel lines and wave shapes on the seaside. I wish to replicate this behaviour for a custom coastline (a path) in ...
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Can you in some way design a "sketch" illustration theme for Google Maps?

Is there any way to make Google Maps like this? This is promising, but not for Google Maps. This doesn't look promising :)
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SVG Problem - how to minimize the number of segments in an SVG, such that it is easily tweenable in d3.js (Arcmap -> Illustrator -> d3.js)

I am creating a tweening web map that switches between different configurations of borders within a map. I'm using d3.JS to do this - here's an example of where I'm going http://jsfiddle.net/cormundo/...
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How does one align two maps with different projections in GIMP or a similar program?

I am trying to take a modern world map and transpose historical borders taken from various snippets of other maps onto it. Unfortunately these maps are all of different perspectives and thus no amount ...
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Custom map terrain brush in Photoshop?

I have this antique style map: I wish to customise it by adding more land. Is it possible to create a custom pattern that represents the land? How would I add the "edge" of the land; perhaps as a ...
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Orthographic projection of 2D SVG texture map onto 3D SVG sphere

Background Looking to project a 2D texture map onto a 3D surface. Texture & Globe The SVG source for the texture map is online: The crack data without gradients, simplified: The SVG source ...
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Is there a way to change the colour of a line in Illustrator depending on its angle or azimuth?

I want to create aspect-aware contours (also called illuminated contours or Tanaka contours) for a map I have created in QGIS but finishing in Illustrator. To do this I need the colour or luminosity ...
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Any guide or rule for the importance of information in map-like mobile application design? [closed]

A side question to this one. Is there any guide-set or set of rules to judge which information is more important than other when designing a map-like mobile application? When using Google Maps in ...
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Design a map for a 3d game similar to Discord's style in SVG with Affinity Designer

I'm just a backend developer who has no talent with design, and I'm currently developing a game for iOS, Android, PC, macOS, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. I just want to design something like ...
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3ds Max - What's the three types of texture maps? 'D, N, S'

Using 3ds max, I'm just playing with a model, which I found from a game. I'm not familiar with 3ds max, Hopes the question is not so silly. It has three types of maps, with 'D', 'N', 'S' suffix. So I ...
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Typeface Identification

I have been trying to figure out the typefaces or stencils styles that were used for this 1941 map. I was thinking that it could be something like a Leroy Lettering template, but I can't find it. This ...
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How can I get a real map and write on it? [closed]

I am in bad need to have a real map and add a route on it with some writing on it. Like the image attached. Any suggestions please
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Export Model Textures Per Face

(Note that as far as attempts go, I can't find anything that helps me) I have a 3D polygon, and for simplicity's sake it's going to be the one below: It is textured using the UV map below: Side ...
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How can I distort an image to wrap around a sphere with no pinching?

I already made an image which I want to wrap around a sphere. However, I know if I were to try this, the top and bottom of the sphere would look like they are pinched. I want to distort the image in ...
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Add and change border type, color and thickness to a path

I want to create a map, with lines that have borders like roads or railway lines, either solid or dotted borders like normal OS maps. I have tried to draw lines with the pen tool (and this would be ...
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How to draw roads?

How to draw roads in fireworks cs6? In the next way: I paint a line/path and I obtain two paralell lines/paths Pasing from To And changing the "roads" with the central/path of the "roads" This is ...
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How do you make top down tileable mountain ranges like fire emblem?

TL;DR: my goal is to gain the knowledge necessary to make these kinds of mountains from scratch. I've been searching hard all over for tutorials and dissecting tilemaps but I just can't figure out ...
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Create objects for each plot in cadastral map

I have this village cadastral map consisting of all plots in the village. The plots are numbered by their division and a sub-division. The numbers appear within the enclosed area of the plot. I want ...
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What methods to use to create a city map with buildings footprints and import into Sketchup?

I would like to build a 3D miniature of a city, and I think the best way to do that is to import an image to Sketchup and then use the 3D tools provided by the software. It works like a charm if I ...
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Google map utility for printed maps? [closed]

I'm more of a software guy than a designer, but I've done some design in the past and got talked into doing a print job for a charity. I was wondering if anyone was aware of a utility to make a ...
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Creating a treasure hunt map from my city [closed]

I need to know a fast way or at least something that may look good. I have the map of Bucharest and I have to make a map to unite 5 specific pubs with a red dotted line. The problem is that I don't ...
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How to make all layers seamless in a same way?

Let's say I have created one photoshop document with 3 layers. (visible in the image I posted). I am going to use these maps in a 3d-modeling program, so it is very important that I need to have ...
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Where to get free high quality maps (vector)

So I search for a long time, but couldn't find anything... So basically I'm searching for high quality maps to create something similar like: https://www.mapiful.com https://www.mujumaps.com The ...
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Nice OpenStreetMap rendering for print

Using map data of OpenStreetMap (OSM, openstreetmap.org), I want to create a nice map rendering for a print magazine (don't know yet whether it's going to be b/w or color). Of course, I could simply ...
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How do I feather the edges of a geographic border in Inkscape?

I'm brand new to Inkscape and I'm trying to feather the edges, or create a gradient on the border of a geographic area for a map I'm making. The desired effect looks something like this:
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Two-dimensional divergent color scheme?

I have some data I want to represent on a choropleth. It's a divergent data vector, but the data has an additional dimension that is a 2-value factor. Some states are "yes", some are "no". I'd like to ...
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Rendering maps in Illustrator

Is it possible to see a map in adobe illustrator with zoom rendering? What I want to do is use google maps or OSM or any other map as a reference background for a map I am trying to create in ...
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Trying to align a text object to shape

I am using illustrator cs6. I am making a transit map for bus stops. I want to make sure that all the stop names are at the same distance from the stop symbol across the map, or at least on one route. ...
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Illustrator: rounding corners of paths

I am trying to create a transit map using round corners, both 45deg as well as 90deg angles. Now, I know I should have used the pen tool initially, but I didnt. I used the line segment tool, then I ...
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using photoshop to vectorize topographic maps

I have scanned topographic maps and i want to create layer for contour lines only. Is it possible to remove all colors but the contour lines. Thanks
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How can I create images like this one?

Does anyone here know how I can create tileable images like this one: Can I use photoshop? any good tutorial? I am a novice when it comes to design.
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How to make a site plan using Google Earth images in AutoCAD?

What command do you use in AutoCAD to make a site plan (a map or something like that) of a certain place (like a school) from Google Earth? Someone told me that it is possible and it will even give ...
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Convert PNG/JPEG/PDF map to SVG for laser cutting

I am trying to convert a PDF map into SVG to then send it out to the laser cutter. I have been using the Image Trace tool with the "technical drawing" presets (and a bit of tweaking), which give more ...
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Please help to identify this map-printing technique

Most old maps in my home (ranging from a school atlas to professionally made large maps from the National Atlas of India) use a peculiar technology. Instead of colored 'dots', they use 'strokes' of ...
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Which tool/workflow to design personalized maps?

I would like to design maps that include a mix of current cities, historical cities, natural landmarks, roads (current and old). These maps need to be accurate, but I would like to be able to ...
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Illustrator CC: how to join lines without closing?

I'm a map-maker working with line information for roads, railways and other network data. I make my maps pretty with Illustrator, but I am running into a problem, a combination of two aspects: The ...
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How do I make the inner outline of a stroke have a gradient on my map?

Excuse any ignorance, I am actually a GIS Analyst (a cartographer) and do most of my work in GIS software. I am making a map where I need to create inner outlines, based off of an older map my work ...
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offline complete satellite map

I'm doing computer art with images mixing low zoom areas with high zoom areas automatically. So far, the only images I can use reliably are vector graphics images, since they support infinite zoom ...
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Create multiple images with diffrant zoom level from one document in Adobe Illustrator

I’ve following project… (Inspire by Fastest way to custom design a race course map?) Download vector data from www.openstreetmap.org Import in Adobe Illustrator Dismantle and separate everything on ...
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Best way to design map markers based on their 'heat' parameter

I'm creating a google map, with some custom markers on it. Each marker has a "heat" parameter, and I would like to design those markers depending on this parameter. But I can't figure the best way to ...
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Labeling river of a map in Illustrator

I'm wrapping my map up in Illustrator. I want to create a line that has the same geometry of my river and I want to label it: "Klamath River". The thing is, I don't want to label it once, I want to ...
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How would I divide up this vector map in Adobe Illustrator?

So I just traced out a map of Westeros using Illustrator's pen tool, what I want to do is divide the map into the different "provinces" or kingdoms. In other words, how do I draw the borders on the ...
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