Maps have many purposes. One of the main reasons people come looking for a map is to decorate a space. People want something to represent their travels, show them the world or simply bring some color into their lives.
Graphic design is a very crucial part of the map-making process. We work with color, graphics, pictures and lots of data. This tutorial gives you a little insight into our world and how one type of map is created.
If you’re not familiar with the graphic design world, this is a quick rundown of what Illustrator is and how a Clipping Mask works.
Adobe Illustrator is a vector drawing program. It is often used to draw illustrations, cartoons, diagrams, charts, and logos.
At this point, you might be asking yourself, “What is a Vector?”
Vector graphics is the creation of digital images through a sequence of commands or mathematical statements that place lines and shapes in a given two-dimensional or three-dimensional space.
I might have lost you at this point. Don’t go anywhere! we promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Pick two images that you want to overlay. Important note: for this to work, the graphic that you want to color in has to be a vector image. This means the graphic has to have been created in Illustrator.
Open or create the map you want to use.
File > Open
Open the image you want to use as a mask.
File > Place
Place image on top of the map, covering the whole area.
Under the Layers tab, send the color layer to the back by dragging the color to the bottom of the layers.
You need to select the map and the color image.
Select > All
Create a Clipping Mask.
Object > Clipping Mask > Make
READY FOR THE BIG REVEAL:.
Now you have a colorful map that you can proudly hang on your wall, but we get it, sometimes life gets busy. For those moments leave it to the experts, we can create a special map just for you, you can even pick different finishing options.