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How to extract lines from a map

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Nstocks, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    I need a map to show a location of a building site, I've taken a screen shots from one of the internet ( ordnance map ) and I need to only show simple lines and outlines of buildings etc.

    I've attached the map which I'm using and also a image of what I want to achieve. I'm really not sure how to do it, and it will take far too long to trace it in PS.

    Thank You
     

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  2. Becky

    Becky Member

    I'd trace it in illustrator :/ That's what we do for building plans and the like in work, doesn't really take that long
     
  3. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    Do I use the " line segment " tool ?, it always brings up a line option dialog which is weird:p I've never used Illustrator before...

    Thank You !
     
  4. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Yup I'd just trace off the information you require in Illustrator or Freehand.
    Or...hand draw the map details and colour up in Photoshop.
     
  5. Becky

    Becky Member

  6. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    Amen!
     
  7. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    Ok, now I've got the basic hang of it. It it better to draw the building then the roads ?
     
  8. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Do both...it's a map. Roads first.
    Keep it simple and clean, don't over do the fiddly bits.

    Keep away from fjords.
     
  9. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    How do I edit the line once I've drawn it ?

    There are a few parts that are messy and I wanted to clean them up.

    Thank You
     

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  10. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    Ok, I'm not use to making maps; do I keep the large grid place over the map ? Would the map be fairly pointless without the grid as it's only a locations map ?

    Thanks
     
  11. rossnorthernunion

    rossnorthernunion Senior Member

    Depends how accurate it needs to be.

    If its purely location based then no.

    If its some sort of military precision map where every mm counts then yes.
     
  12. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    Ok, that will clean a few lines up!

    I'm slowly getting there though... I'm trying to fill most of the white space, so then I will just mask ver the building in PS and clean all the background etc.

    Thanks
     

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  13. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    There is quite a lot of green farm land on the map, do you just shows this all in one shade of green ?

    thanks
     
  14. Becky

    Becky Member

    yes I would. But, why not try it out see how it fairs, best way to learn.
     
  15. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Keep it simple.

    Are you planning on adding colour in Illustrator or Photoshop?
     
  16. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    Yes, The buildings and roads are black, streams blue and grassland green.

    What is the best was to represent a railway line ?

    thank you
     

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  17. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Railway lines are usually a black line with multiple dashes.

    Check the Ordnance Survey Map key section.

    Did you never join the scouts?
     
  18. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    Ok I will check that out... I will post the newer version in 20 mins or so, to see that everything is good.

    Thank You !

    Nope, never joint the scouts.
     
  19. Becky

    Becky Member

    maybe use lighter shades of green otherwise it looks a bit too busy and it seems very small, maybe post a larger version.

    As an example [Simple Map], it's a quickie job I did at work to show circulation area (plus you can see the train line)
     
  20. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    How did you get the lines so neat ? Mine don't look half as good as that... mind you it's my first time
     

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