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Afternoon sports fans!

Following on from a previous map/poster for a different race - here - I've been drawing up a map of another race route.

What do people think?

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One thing I want to look at is the red-ness of the map. The distance markers and some of the annotation relates to the route so I coloured it red to emphasise the relationship but looking at it now it seems like a bit of a poke in the eye - what do other people think?

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Very nice, well done. Was this just for fun, or did they commission the map? It seem almost over done for a club race map.

I like the red, it's a dark enough hue that it doesn't over emphasize the features or notes. I might use a different font for the safety notes and maybe a different color for the START & FINISH notes. I also think your halos are a little too wide, reduce their point size or even get rid of them.

I'm, partial to road names and route designations flowing with the road line (type on path). your's are too far off the lines in some spots, they don't have a clear association with the road, especially since you left off the suffixes.

Overall the type is too similar between each feature class (roads, water and towns). I know you have different colors in there but because they all appear as the same font, similar point sizes, same style (bold or semi bold) with halos etc... they all look very much the same and make it difficult to quickly id what feature each piece of type goes with. I'd remove the water feature halos, use a darker blue, thinner font style and put them in italics. I might even find a serif font to use instead, in addition to increasing letter tracking and maybe arcing the water names across the area they represent.

I like the haze effect around the edges of the main map, but the extra haze under the notes seems to be encroaching on the race area in the top right. maybe see if you can pull those notes back a bit. I also don't like the halo under the route. I think your red arrows and gradient line (I like these BTW) will stand out enough by themselves.

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Afternoon sports fans!


I'm not a sports fan, but I do like the map! What was the workflow? I'm particularly curious about how you did the trees.

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Very very nice. Pete!
The best of this kind I,ve seen
I love your trees , the overall color, and I adore the inclusion of the elevation profile.

I see what you mean about the red. But I think it,s not the color though it could be a warmer lighter red.

It may be that your effort to minimize its prominence by fading in and out actually does the opposite and makes it stand out more. When I first looked at it the red line looked as if it was put on by a calligraphic brush which bothered me but when I looked at it closely, I liked the effect.

It could be one of those things when an effect is good when you examine it but gives a different impression at a quick glance.

Try a thinner, warmer consistent line and see what that looks like.
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I'm not crazy about all lower case. Maybe I'm just getting old... :P

Seems like there is quite a bit of vertical exaggeration in the profile view. Maybe that should be noted. Looks like they're riding through the Alps! At least the last quarter or so is mostly downhill.

I noticed the heights in the profile are meters (abbreviated "m", surely they're not miles!), but the distance between markers is miles. I guess your audience will know what you mean.

(Jemimaville, that's a traditional Scottish name, is it? :lol: )

Overall, though, it's a very nice map for a one-off bicycle race map! It's also definitely a "Pete" map. :)
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Evening sports fans ...

I'm not a sports fan, but I do like the map!


... and Charles ;) :D !

Thanks for all of the feedback - I really appreciate it!

It is complete overkill for a club event but we have a problem in the north with races being cancelled or postponed because of a lack of entries. This race usually suffers - it's the longest and most hilly of the non-standard time trials - which is a damn shame because it's a brilliant course. Anyway, that's a rant for a different forum ;) !

I've made changes in line with what's been suggested but I can't show you right now because my little computer at home is struggling with the map :rolleyes: so I'll distract you all with a version of the map with no annotation or marginalia so you can see the details of the background clearly.

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Briefly -

I've slightly reduced the size of the annotation but increased the tracking so the text covers a larger area without being too heavy. I've also introduced the variations on the Myriad font to make a clearer distinction between the classes of annotation. The solid halos have been removed and replaced with a fluffy halo - it sounds hellish but it's not your typical 4-point outline and 4-pixel blur ... it's cleverer than that ;) ! It's based on a layer of flock-like texture so the text is lifted off of the background slightly but not completely divorced from it. I've also rotated the road numbers in line with the roads.

The vignette around the outside of the map has been drawn back from some of the areas and roughened before it is blurred to soften the edges a bit more. I've reduced the opacity of the halo on the route by a half - I did remove it completely but the route sort of "sunk" a bit without it.

What was the workflow? I'm particularly curious about how you did the trees.


The map was made in Illustrator CS2 with plently of opacity masks - I can't get enough of them! The workflow for the whole map is more that I can remember without having the file open infront of me but the trees are straighforward enough - a combination of scribble filters, scatter brushes and drop shadows.

Starting with the woodland polygons the parts that intersected roads and water features were cut out. The woodland areas were then copied twice for a total of three woodland layers. The bottom and top layers were given heavy outlines of 20 and 40 points respectively and then expanded so that the outlines could be clipped out of the areas - this gives one slightly contracted woodland area, one of the original size and the topmost layer contracted surther still.

All three layers were treated with the scribble filter at slightly different angles - 30, 10 and -30 degrees - to give a reasonably even hatching. The effect was expanded to give the actual lines of the hatching to which a scatter brush was applied - the scatter brush being a simple greyscale tree-plan made from very rough polygon shapes. The bottom layer was tinted dark green with the two layers above being tinted lighter shades of green and all three were given the same drop shadow effect. The variation in size and colour, and also the layering of the drop shadow effects help to give the woodland a sense of volume and depth.

... did i say "briefly" :lol: ?! Sorry!

I see what you mean about the red. But I think it,s not the color though it could be a warmer lighter red.

... When I first looked at it the red line looked as if it was put on by a calligraphic brush which bothered me but when I looked at it closely, I liked the effect.

It could be one of those things when an effect is good when you examine it but gives a different impression at a quick glance.


I've reduced the intensity of the red to about 80% of the original colour and it does look a lot better. I tried removing the blur from the masked areas on the line (another opacity mask!) but the overall effect was more clumsya nd stoppy-starty - the faded gaps seem more elegant. Like you said, people are more likely to "get it" if they examine the map and I'm hoping people will give the map more than a quick glance ;) !

Seems like there is quite a bit of vertical exaggeration in the profile view ... Looks like they're riding through the Alps! At least the last quarter or so is mostly downhill.

I noticed the heights in the profile are meters (abbreviated "m", surely they're not miles!), but the distance between markers is miles. I guess your audience will know what you mean.


The profile does look very "alpine" - you think that'll put people off ... :D :lol: ;) !? I'll knock if down a little and bring the map down to take up the extra space. I am kicking myself over the mixed units - I could always write "route profile - heights in metres" to save any confusion.

(Jemimaville, that's a traditional Scottish name, is it? :lol: )


Don't knock Jemimaville ... there's a Barbaraville on the opposite side of the Cromarty Firth :lol: !

... It's also definitely a "Pete" map. :)


Aw ... shucks ;) !

Sorry for the lack of visuals but I'll post a copy of the updated map and some details when I get back to my Super Computer!

Thanks again.

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Here's the updated map with the chages I outlined above:

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Over-the-top or not, I do like this map. I think it could do with the total mileage appearing in the heading text; or possibly, rather than show the distances between points it might be preferable to show the cumulative mileage at the points.

I'm old as well and not too keen on the e e cummings style of text either :rolleyes: .

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I had to Google e e cummings ... hmm, I see you're point :lol: !

I've done the text "properly" now and I've added another route for the time trial - there is a junior and ladies elective course that is much shorter than the complete course.

As per Nick's suggestion I also moved the distance into the actual markers and made it cumulative rather than by section. I "borrowed" that idea straight from the OS 250k but it makes more sense to have a running total for the whole course rather than just little bits of it.

It's more or less good to go now ... just have to train myself up on the bike for this one Posted Image !

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(edited attachement for spelling!)

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Excellent!
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A cycling smiley! Posted Image ! That's so cute!!

And I like your map a lot, very nice.
Cheers,

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Did anyone come up for the race ... ;) ?!

The map went down very well - the organisers were very happy with it - and I had a good race too ... I won :D ! Fastest cartographer in the North :lol: !




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