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Hello,

This is my first shot at this type of map. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Very nicely done!

I really like the tones and layout. How did you make it? - keen to know

Comments - why the angle on the relief cut? It doesn't relate 100% with locator map.
I would add Woodstock, though its a tad west of the turnpike, it may be a good POI reference.
Have you played with the relief exaggeration? Since its relative, you might bump it up a notch or two more to better illustrate the valley / foothills / mountains.

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maphattan, looks very good legibile and clean.

But I have to ask myself - what added value does the oblique/tilted view add to what you want to communicate with this piece?
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Very elegant and inviting. I like it a lot
I too would suggest slightly increased elevation.
Also, there is something about the angle of the presentation that does not look 'right' to me. Its like I expect the features to slide off.
I would suggest you play around with the angle so that it looks more like a table tilting towards the viewer or maybe it could tilt towards the right.
I am not sure. It is one of these 3D optical things wherein angles can be 'stressful' or 'restful'
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Thank you for your comments.

As I was writing the post, I knew that my map has a major flaw, it didn't really have a purpose. I was just trying to see if I am able to create a 3d/oblique/relief map with the tools at hand: free dem downloads, MacDem, POV-Ray, Photoshop, Illustrator, on a Mac. I agree with your comments, as I was asking myself the same questions.

Map Media, this is how I made it:
1. crop, color adjustments and heights in MacDem (an old little program which only runs in classic)
2. export to POV-Ray
3. view set-up, color and heights fine tuning, rendering in POV-Ray including a layer with a mapped image with roads, hydro, ...
4. photoshop layers for towns, hydro, color correction, ...
5. photoshop file placed in illustrator, traced roads, type, scale, ...

So now, the question is: are there better ways, more appropriate software, but again, I only have a Mac.

Best,

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Very nice. are your roads flat and drawn over the relief layer or are they draped onto the relief?

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