Anyone got any tips on as to best draw railway lines in Illustrator/Photoshop?
Could be worth it - I've never made a map of that sort before, and you seem to make them more often than other map makers do.Hey guys! I thought about creating an advice thread for rapid transit maps, but I'd like some feedback if it's worth it.
I'm afraid I don't use those programs, so unless they're very similar to Inkscape someone else will have to field that one.Anyone got any tips on as to best draw railway lines in Illustrator/Photoshop?
Oh, well in Inkscape I would draw the path showing where the railway goes, then make three copies of it and overlay them with different properties. The path at the bottom would be black and of middling thickness, the path in the middle would be the same colour as the background and be thinner than the other two paths, and the path on top would be the thickest and be a dashed line with very short dashes and very small gaps inbetween the dashes. The result looks like this:Well maybe the process is somewhat similar. I'm just desperate for inspiration, tbh
Sorry for taking so long to reply to this.Thanks guys, however, as I should probably have noted (sorry!) I was hoping more for something along the lines of what Blomma has done here, for example:
Something akin to a horizontal path with vertical slits inserted along it.
If you're talking about the rectangular outline that's there even in a blank document, then as zrew said you can change the size of that in the Document Properties.Probably something really simple I am missing but can anyone explain how you can crop the actual canvas so to speak in Inkscape so that it is an appropriate size for the picture? I was looking for something like the MS Paint crop tool but just couldn't find one.
I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no idea. Changing a map from one projection to another is something that I've never tried to do, and I've no idea how you'd achieve that, I'm afraid.How do I distort an existing map so that it matches the Robinson(?) projection used in the standard q-bam world map projections used in this community?
I thought I had a system that worked, involving a bunch of Excel formulas to calculate a rotation and a resize scaling factor, but for anything that is far removed from zero on both the latitude and longitude axes, it seems I also need to include a "shearing" factor, which is pretty much impossible to calculate automatically (or at least, I have no idea how).
What I've been doing with the maps I've drawn so far in the q-bam thread is to rotate/resize them using my Excel formulas, then create a new semi-transparent layer on top of the main q-bam layer, and trace the borders. However, this won't work for most regions of the world and most maps, due to the shear distortion that is also present in most parts of the overall projection.
I have good knowledge of Paintshop Pro (v8). I also have use of Photoshop (v7), but would need step by step tutorials for anything involving that.
Is there a way to stretch an arbitrary map image as a layer to match a second map layer for "tracing" purposes?
Ah, that'd be awesome! I'll be sure to add it to the OP once you've posted it.I'm beginning work on a tutorial of my own, I'll post it in here as soon as I have finished. Or at least Link off to it
Well, you can export all or a portion of an Inkscape map as a .PNG. I think it's under the File drop-down menu as "Export PNG image" or you can press "Ctrl + Shift + E" to bring up the panel on the right. Just choose a destination and name for the file, then click the "Export" button with a green tick sign on it. Once you've done that you'll have a .PNG image of the map which you can open and edit in MS Paint.Does anyone know how to convert an Inskscape map into a Paint map??
You can achieve that effect using the Offset functions under the "Path" menu. Near the bottom there are a few options called "Outset", "Inset", "Dynamic Offset" and "Linked Offset". If you make a copy of a country's shape then select "Inset" it should shrink the shape inwards so you can have a thick border around the outside and a paler interior. The Dynamic and Linked Offset function might also help, as they let you alter the offset yourself using the Node Selection tool (second from the top on the toolbar to the left).