Getting Creative With Memories
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.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
Pick two images that you want to overlay; 1 as a map outline and 1 as a colored image or picture.
*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.
To open a file that you have found or previously created go to:[ File > Open ]
If you are starting a file from scratch, you can create any file size and setting by going to:[ File > New ]
Open the colored image you want to use. To do this we need to place it into the same document as the map you want to use.[ File > Place ]
Place the colored image on top of the map, covering the whole area. If you do not cover the whole area there will be gas in your final piece!
Under the LAYERS tab, send the color layer to the back by dragging the color to the bottom.[ Window > Layers ]
This will put your map outline over the colored image. Make sure that the vector map covers everything that you want to outline!
You need to select the map and the color image[ Select > All ]
* This will automatically select everything in your document so if you have additional text and images they will be selected as well.
Create a Clipping Mask:[ Object > Clipping Mask > Make ]
If you have a very complex map it will warn you of a failure to preview, but they usually preview regardless!
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.
We want to see your creations! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram, show us your best map.