Questions tagged [maps]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Making terrain contours in Illustrator?

I'd like to take the fantasy world map I created to the next level as a way of buffing my illustrator skills and portfolio. Currently, it's a flat political map like this map of Canada for example. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Layout Desgin 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 persons, so we are interested ...
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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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Coloring a map, one color per country

How could one use the Gimp to easily transform a map with many colors into a map where each country is fully colored in a single unique color. I used the Color > Threshold option to get a b&w ...
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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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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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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 ...