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It's been a while since I posted anything here, so here goes.

This is for a mass-market non-fiction work about Commodore Perry's visits to Japan in 1853-54.

It's black ink only at 6"x9" and the fonts come from the publisher to match the book design.

There is still time to make edits if anyone has comments or feedback.
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Very niece work.

I would consider increasing the letter spacing for RUSSIA, HONSHU and KOREA. CHINA seems about right but the others are a bit tight for the space there is available. I would also consider changing the direction of the curved text for HONSHU by making it concave ( like the shape of island) rather than convex.

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Can you do a transparent overlay with the text so that the computer-generated text doesn't stand out so much against the presumably original/scanned parchment background?

Or what about changing the color of the text to something a little less black, e.g. HTML code #333333?

I don't know what "black ink only" means. Can that still produce a grayscale image?

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Nice! Great choice of fonts. I agree with prev. comments.

I don't need a north arrow (maybe true north?), but I would love to see a scale bar in nautical miles so I can get a sense of how long it must have taken to sail.

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Thanks for the comments. I modified a few labels as Martin suggested and added a scale bar (but in Statute Miles since average readers don't know about Nautical Miles).

Ben, I just meant there was no color available for this map. On Grayscale maps I usually like all text to be pure black and vector data so that it is as crisp and readable as possible. Any tinting to gray would make the edges fuzzy with the halftone screen.

Here is the updated map:

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Well done! The black text are crisp and well placed.

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Tiny little nitpick...

What about labelling the various colonial possessions as such? Hong Kong was British at that time, the Philippenes were Spanish.

Also, the area around what now is Vladivostok wasn't Russian at that time. More information is available in Wikipedia.
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