Some Tips On Creating Illustrated Maps

Thanks vastly to the evolution of today’s technology, the possibilities for everybody to create anything for that matter, have become almost unlimited. Almost. This is owing to the introduction of newer and better tools and methods which can help people of all age in creating their own masterpieces. And thanks to technology such as the very much useful Google Maps, people can make their own maps of any given place that their heart desires. You see, maps are important to anyone’s life because it helps people determine where they are at certain point in time and the location of the place which they wish to reach. While anyone can make the usual conventional maps that we usually see displayed in walls of classrooms which have grids, longitudes and latitudes and other necessary symbols that are found in normal maps, there are other kinds of maps that are more fun to use and are more artistic in terms of their styles. Among those maps that people can now make for their own are the illustrated maps. In simple words, an illustrated map, also known as the pictorial map, usually comes in simple map that is enlivened with various images of structures around the area of concern as well as animals and people if needed and/or desired. It simply provides a map of a territory by employing a more artistic style.


Nowadays, anyone can make their very own illustrated maps. But not everyone can produce good maps every time just by choosing the location, laying down the essentials such as the main and minor roads, structures within the area and other stuff that can be put into the maps. Creating an illustrated map is more complicated than it sounds and that’s the reason why people who are planning to make this kind of map will need to heed certain tips from professional map makers and below are just some of them:

  • As mentioned, an illustrated map has an artistic style. Having said that, you should always colour-code your map at your convenience because using colours for symbols will help people better understand the map itself.
  • Make sure that the overall design of the map is simple to make it easier for people to understand it. Simplicity is beauty, remember? Don’t overcrowd the map.
  • Always use a good reference so that you’ll be able to figure it out how your map will turn out.

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