You might think that creating a map can be a very daunting task and is for professionals only. You can actually create a map on your own and give it some illustrative designs. Here are some things to consider when you create your own map.
- Think about the location. Illustrative maps will use a lot of imagery and by this it should follow that you will create a map of a place that you are familiar with. The subject that you will choose should be your own choosing or if you are contractor, you need to be briefed well by your client. Wherever that place may be, you will need as much visual references to it as possible.
- Determine your composition. At times, you will be asked to include different view points and features on your map or that you are given a precise area where you should be focusing on. You need to decide what your map should contain and the angle from which it should be viewed. You need to consider also the usability of the map. Most map users feel comfortable viewing the map with the North end pointing upwards. This general knowledge will be a good starting point for you. But if this angle will present problems on your designs like vital roads will be obscured, you can turn the view off North. Your map should also include a compass with bearings that should help the users.
- Prepare your map image. If you have already taken an aerial photo or a screenshot of the subject, it is now time to place it in Illustrator in a suitably sized art board. Click the layer situated on the Layers panel and then give it a name and lock it and determine that the images on the layer should be dimmed by about 50 percent.
- Place some tarmac. It will not really matter where you will start drawing the map. But there are certain basic elements that you need to concentrate on. All of these should be distributed to different layers in order to improve workflow.
These tips if considered will surely help you make great illustrative maps.