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Before computers, how did cartographers draw roads with perfectly parallel sides?

Parallel Pens with special split nibs or something similar. Sorta like using two pens taped together into one pen with two tips An example can be found on the Scribblers calligraphy website:
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Before computers, how did cartographers draw roads with perfectly parallel sides?

Airphotos have been the source materials for a lot of maps for a long time. To result in a nice exact machine made look they would use dials to help draw the lines on transparent mylar sheets. The ...
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How to create a map in Photoshop with hills?

Start with a very loose idea: Marquee tool to quickly go over the High: Add your high color: If I press Cmd/Ctrl+Plataeu thumbnail on Layer Panel it will select it for me. Then do Select → ...
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Before computers, how did cartographers draw roads with perfectly parallel sides?

There is always the parallel ruler for lines that are further apart. A more modern version would be those with rollers but that is not as good in accuracy as a fixed mechanical design.
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How to reduce the number of nodes in a traced map using inkscape?

I would do the following: Open the bitmap with a raster graphics editor like GIMP. Use a paint bucket tool to fill in the areas so you have solid black shapes, instead of outlines. Clean up any ...
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Before computers, how did cartographers draw roads with perfectly parallel sides?

Two other methods: Engineering drawings (e.g. highway plans) usually use curves with defined radii, so drawing those is mostly a matter of using a compass and creating the geometry from the same ...
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How to create a map in Photoshop with hills?

Mapmakers use embossing to create the effect from a height map. You can use the emboss filter on a image that represent your height field. If you must use photoshop for this then i would use the: ...
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Fastest way to custom design a race course map?

Get vector data You can download vector data from http://www.openstreetmap.org for free. Choose the region you need and choose 'share' (right side). Then select PDF and download. Recolor Artwork ...
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Multi colored strokes in Illustrator?

Yes! - Appearance panel to the rescue. You can duplicate the existing stroke by dragging it to the 'new' or paper icon. Then just make the second stroke larger. See my example for you below.
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How do I feather the edges of a geographic border in Inkscape?

If a blur effect is acceptable, duplicate the outline of the state, fill the shape with dark green, send to the bottom of the stack, apply a blur.
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Where to get free high quality maps (vector)

You can download the OpenStreetMap (OSM) data as svg files. Alternatively you can also download the raw data and generate a vector image if you need more control. There are many ways to do this, of ...
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Replicating a fantasy map coastline pattern along a path

I agree, for the double line I would use pattern along path. For the waves, I would make an offset object of the coast line, fill it with some color, draw a couple waves of different length, and ...
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How to remake this typographic map?

The software to use is Adobe Illustrator. A what I would do is: First of all create a list of cities and give each the desired size (before you start placing them on the map) Find a map with all the ...
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Please help to identify this map-printing technique

At its heart, this is simply called "line art," and as DA01 states, halftone dots are really just a method to get a continuous tone (photograph etc) into line-art form for printing with a single ink. ...
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Best tool/app to draw a map other than Illustrator

There are actually online tools that can do this. However, personally, I would start out with a google map screenshot and work from that - in Illustrator. You could take a round on the net and ...
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What is a good resource for learning how to illustrate maps?

While seconding Scott's "There's no magic button," what I did when I had to create city and country maps was to find an actual paper map, scan it, and trace it in Illustrator. That gave me a good ...
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What is a good resource for learning how to illustrate maps?

These are all hand drawn/painted. You won't really find many tutorials on how to draw something as specific as a map. Just look for general drawing tutorials. It's honestly just a matter of picking ...
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

Open Vector Maps In addition to the great suggestions already mentioned take a look at http://openvectormaps.com. I created a library/directory of free, high quality city maps that are editable and ...
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How to create a map in Photoshop with hills?

I have discovered another method which achieves the effect I was looking for far better than any other answer I've seen here. It has the added bonus of being 'non-destructive', meaning it can be ...
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Labeling river of a map in Illustrator

Use a Pattern Brush. Type your label and Convert to Outlines (brushes can't contain type). Drag your outlined type to the Brushes panel and choose Pattern Brush from the New Brush dialog. The text ...
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How do I make the inner outline of a stroke have a gradient on my map?

Here's an example that uses an opacity mask to create the opening and the inner outline. I'm using a red background just to clearly set apart the other objects that will appear above the background. ...
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Please help to identify this map-printing technique

It's not particularly a technology nor something exclusive to maps. It's essentially doing the same as your 'dots' method--which is screening back a solid color via a pattern. The only difference here ...
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How do I feather the edges of a geographic border in Inkscape?

If you'd prefer a fuzzy border inside the land's borders, rather than outside, try this... Create your vector land shape and give it a fill colour and no stroke Duplicate this land shape twice (press ...
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How to make all layers seamless in a same way?

If you want to apply the same pattern-making process to a number of similar images then all you need to do is make your edits non-destructively to smart objects; you can then swap out the smart object'...
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Design a map for a 3d game similar to Discord's style in SVG with Affinity Designer

If you want a good product, work with a designer. You could spend hundreds of hours learning how to work with a program and how to optimize the workflow. Just imagine a designer asking how to start ...
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Custom map terrain brush in Photoshop?

You could copy and paste a rectangular piece of the land from a larger piece of the land mass, create a path over it, and apply that as a vector mask, then add a stroke effect. For example Yes it is ...
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What order should floor plan views go on a tower illustration?

This question is opinion based. But here is my logic. As you are asking for "design principles" I should say: 1. The design should be intuitive 2. If the design is not intuitive enough you should ...
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How to create a map in Photoshop with hills?

Use what's available: Photoshop has had at least 6 years some 3D tools. One of them is "Create a mesh from BW layer". You can give the height map as greyshades. A gradient means a slope. A sharp ...
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How to go about creating 54 individual post cards that create a map when all put together?

Dimensions for desired specs of one card. Multiply that by 54. Create a new document with these dimensions. Create a map of the world at the size of this document. Select piece by piece saving each as ...
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Multi colored strokes in Illustrator?

I'd create pattern brush with any type of colors you want. For example, I created 3 rectangles and dropped them to brush panel choosing in popping up panel Pattern Brush. After that you can apply ...
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