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 create a customized city map

Any ideas how to start making a customized city map (one example below). I'm fairly good in using Illustrator and Inkscape but I'm unsure what an optimal workflow would be.
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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How to reduce the number of nodes in a traced map using inkscape?

I was trying to incorporate a map outline in a logo using trace bitmap feature in inkscape. I was able to trace with some modifications in the setting, but the problem is it has more number of nodes. ...
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How do I select a high-contrast color set for a map?

Obviously, black & white are the highest contrast. I also want 2 sets of colors, so that regions on the map can be colored with good contrast. For instance, one region might be red, another blue,...
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Multi colored strokes in Illustrator?

I'm drawing maps in Illustrator. Our way of depicting divided highways is parallel lines with a fill. Here is an example: The way I did this was a 1 point yellow stroke, command c, command f, send to ...
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Fastest way to custom design a race course map?

Here's a decent example of what I'm trying to do - a print version of something like this: I need to pick-and-choose which crossroads and street labels to show, add custom icons, plot the actual race ...
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Before computers, how did cartographers draw roads with perfectly parallel sides?

If you're drawing a road on a map, and that road happens to be straight, it's easy to draw its two sides parallel: you just move the ruler. But most roads twist and turn, and drawing their sides ...
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Convert a map image to black and white

I would like to convert an image from google maps into a black and white edition, without gray scale, something that will look like that How can this be achieved with Adobe Photoshop CS5?
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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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Is there an easy way (a pattern or plugin) to create urban maps? Inkscape preferred

This is a tall order, but I thought it might be worth asking. I'm working on a project where I need to basically fake a large urban map: streets, parks, rivers, etc. Essentially I'd like to wind up ...
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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 ...