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    Map resources

    Hi, student here. I was just wondering what resources planners use to get base maps for projects. Most time, Google Maps/Earth is out of the question - I just want to find outlined maps that I can import into Photoshop/Illustrator/CAD to edit on. Any ideas?


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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    It depends on the level of geography and the base layers you may want to have shown, as well as how you want the final image to look. I have used three techniques:
    1) There is a great deal of GIS data online. I will search out the layers I need, create the base map in the GIS, and export it as a JPG or TIF image to use in a drawing or photo editing program.
    2) Sometimes it is possible to find simple line drawings online in a format that I can use. For example, you can easily find free world maps, maps of the US states, and even states and counties.
    3) I will sometimes create my own, using aerial photography or a map image to trace the elements I want and construct a new map.
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