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Marcia L. Day

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I happened upon this site while researching new techniques for my business. I create and publish hand drawn, watercolor maps for areas rich with history and tourism. I've been creating maps for years with pencil/pen/ink/watercolor.

I need to learn digital skills to assist in my map design finishing process. I googled "hand drawn maps" in search of other map artists to find out what programs they're using and why. Although I've not found my style of map design on this site (yet), I have found an unbelievable amount of talent, knowledge and absolutely beautiful maps!

How do I know which program is best to develop for my maps?

Thank you for your time ; )

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I happened upon this site while researching new techniques for my business. I create and publish hand drawn, watercolor maps for areas rich with history and tourism. I've been creating maps for years with pencil/pen/ink/watercolor.

I need to learn digital skills to assist in my map design finishing process. I googled "hand drawn maps" in search of other map artists to find out what programs they're using and why. Although I've not found my style of map design on this site (yet), I have found an unbelievable amount of talent, knowledge and absolutely beautiful maps!

How do I know which program is best to develop for my maps?

Thank you for your time ; )


Hi Marcia, welcome to the forum. In order to help answer your question you might want to start a new topic under General Cartography or Software Applications and include a more detailed description of what your looking for with samples of your work. You'll get better info if we can see exactly what your attempting to reproduce digitally.

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Marcia L. Day

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Thanks! This is all new to me - not maps - but rather the forum. Would it be best to show a finished map or map art just painted without text, hence the dilemma?

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Hi Marcia, and welcome to Cartotalk.

Thanks! This is all new to me - not maps - but rather the forum. Would it be best to show a finished map or map art just painted without text, hence the dilemma?


I'd say it's best to show a finished map.
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Hi Marcia
I spent a few decades hand drawing maps and gradually them enhancing with electronic tools, first just adding type and eventually doing entire landscapes. Specifically I have done it all with Photoshop.
There is nothing hand done that cannot be done with photoshop but it takes a while to learn how to use the tools.
Jean-Louis Rheault
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Welcome, Marcia!
I would also be interested in seeing examples of your work. Do you have a website we can browse?
I've always been fascinated by handdrawn/painted maps, even though I work on the "techier" side of things!
Dave Barnes
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