Map production and fonts

Jason Oliver's picture

I just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoy your maps at all levels. I was wondering if any of you could give any insight as to the process involved in the production of the maps (programs used, amount of time spent on them, fonts used, etc.) The regional maps atlas maps, and Venarive map are amazing.

Thank you

ken's picture

Hello Jason.

Thanks for the interest in and compliments regarding our maps. A number of programs are used in their creation.

Our maps generally use a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The natural features you see on the maps are created in Photoshop with the resulting image imported into Adobe Illustrator where vectored graphics and data can be applied. From there the map is exported into PDF format.

The amount of time and effort needed to create these maps varies of course. A regional map such as Harn or Shorkyne takes an enormous amount. An interior plan can take only a few days depending on it's complexity. The challenge of balancing quality and expediency is constant.

The Venarive map is a purely vectored graphics effort.

The Atlas maps pull directly from the regional maps upon which they lie, and need only the vectored information to be added. The time consuming part here is not the presentation of the data on the map, but rather the creation of all that data. The more "stuff" that needs to be added to the map, the longer it will take.

Thanks again!