Questions tagged [maps]

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

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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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How to create a map in Photoshop with hills?

I am an aspiring author, and am creating a map of my fantasy world in Photoshop. The map is very detailed, containing information on wind patterns, temperature changes, and tectonic plate movement, ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Create equirectangular/sphere projection map

I have what is apparently called an equirectangular projection of the world. I can use the 3D functionality of Photoshop to use this as a texture for a globe, by creating a sphere mesh; or I can use "...
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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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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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What is a good resource for learning how to illustrate maps?

I'm trying to create an illustrated map for a friend's wedding. Most map tutorials I can find are for technical maps and I would like to find a resource with tips and tricks for designing more ...
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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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Software recommendation: What program can I use to create maps like these?

I have tried to look online for an answer but I don't seem to be able to find what I am looking for. Here is my questions: What is used to create maps like this: and like this: http://www....
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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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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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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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How to remake this typographic map?

I found these wonderful typographic maps on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilkeSpingies?section_id=15207850&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1) where city names are placed in the correct location, and ...
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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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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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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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Can I remove colors applied to a topographical map?

For a project involving a client-supplied map (clip below) I need to be able to turn colored layers on and off. The client, however, supplied a flat image and vector outlines for the color regions, ...
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Best tool/app to draw a map other than Illustrator

Is Illustrator really the most suited tool to draw a (fairly simple) map from scratch and print it on a flyer? Are there any other tools or apps out there that might make this task easier?
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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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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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City map making (cartography) with GIMP.

Does anyone know of good city specific (although I would be interested in others as well) plug-ins for fantasy role playing game map making using GIMP? I am more looking at macro-scale (so whole ...
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Software to make maps like on BBC website?

I'm looking for a piece of software that can (semi)-automatically generate maps like BBC use to associate stories from around the world: Example: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/79577000/png/...
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Where to find a milky-way skysphere map?

I'm doing a PovRay scene and am using NASA's Blue Marble images as a source to render earth. I also found some maps for the moon and the sun. Now I also want to have the milky way in the scene. The ...
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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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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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Copyrights regarding world maps

I am doing some freelance work for a client and she has asked me to illustrate a map visualising Africa and Europe. She is including the illustration into a book she is writing in the hopes of ...
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Critique this map with many labeled points. Is there a better way to do this?

This is the centerfold map in a booklet printed for the homeless. The numbers represent the page number that the information on each service provider is also found. We are limited to black and green ...
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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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Difficulties applying texture in 3ds Max for .obj export

So, I've started creating 3D model for my small application. Im using libgdx. I firstly created a model in 3Ds Max: Then, I did this 'render to texture thing' with those settings: I also used channel ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to match up map shapes of different map projections, in Illustrator?

In Illustrator, I've got vector map data that I want to match up to a map of Australia that I've pulled from Open Street Map (OSM). Problem is, the map my data is on is a different map projection. ...
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Combining elements from multiple PDFs -what options do I have, what tools can I use?

Here is my problem: I am creating mindmaps with Mindjen MindManager (see an example here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mindmanager.png) The problem is that this program has very poor printing ...
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Layout Design and Color Scheme for a Crisis Mapping Web Application

Here are a few screenshots of a web-based crisis mapping software, basically built for both governors and people. The design is somehow combined by ideas from different people, so we are interested to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...