Five Steps To Make An Illustrated Map

An Illustrated map can be found in a wedding context. This map is a perfect addition to the invitation, as you can showcase your personality with the presentation. Few engaged couples feature some places which are special to them, while there are those who use the map for information, like the place where they will get married or where the reception will be held. Sometimes, the maps are used to commemorate anniversaries or show affection to a place. You can also use these illustrated maps as gifts or a piece of artwork displayed in homes. So, below you’ll find simple steps on how to make one:

  • Choose a Special Place to Include in the Map

Before you decide on a place to include in your illustrated map, consider the amount of space you need to fit them. If you plan to have a smaller number of places, choose a smaller map. If you want to accommodate more places, then have a larger map to draw the artwork. List down the number of places to include and the addresses, so you won’t forget in your map illustration.

  • Make a Layout Based on Geographical Locations

If you have determined the places to include, check out Google Maps. Type in the places you want to include and use the tool to give you directions. You may want to connect these various places to know how to conceptualise and draw the map.

  • Create a Pencil Draft

Use pencils for the rough layout and work with a draft using high-quality paper. This is where you’ll draw your draft and use ink in the next steps. Picture the places you found online and use landmarks for the draft. For the illustrated map, use tiny versions of these places where you can trace over on the draft.

  • Draw Over the Draft Using Waterproof Ink

Once you’re satisfied with the pencil draft, trace it with waterproof ink. Choose straight pens to use for the final copy. Allow them to dry overnight and then start erasing the pencil lines.

  • Digitise the Map Illustration

If you want to distribute the illustrative map to several recipients, digitise it with Photoshop. Have it scanned into your computer and play with Photoshop tools to make contrast before printing.


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