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Hey all,

Been a busy, busy summer. Here's a map I finished last month for Wilson College. Rendered in Photoshop based on an aerial photoshoot. The aerial shot used for reference was heavily covered in trees and thus obscured many of the building facades. However, I had excellent ground photography available to me from the college staff to bring out those building details. Since most of the buildings were of older stone architecture I also added in texture to the faces. This was important to capture the uniqueness of the campus. Even though the roof of each building had tiles or slats I didn't want to get too carried away with texture or too much detail because then you approach a bit of visual chaos, so I left the roof areas solid color. This also helps create visual contrast against the lush greens to create a bit of pop to bring those structures to the forefront. A subtle technique to further enhance building versus landscape contrast is I add a little thicker black stroke outline around each building. Additionally, I mowed the grass nicely on campus property while leaving non-property grass with its own texture. The creek was also nearly invisible from the aerial so I opened that up a good amount, brightened that mud color to a blue, and added subtle reflections on the water with motion blur for current flow. Drew in each parking lot line since this view was so close but typically I don't. And yes, I even added gravel to the railroad track and drew each and every railroad tie! Final PS size is something like 25" wide. Very large in file size. Exported a full sized TIFF.

All final text labeling and legend work was done in InDesign. Imported TIFF of map. InDesign gives me the best control of drop shadows and skewing of text, not to mention the high end readability of crisp vector text. Also provides easy color output options for print or web or signage. I used to do all of my text/legend work in PS. Not anymore. InDesign is awesome.

Client loved it and gave us a nice testimonial too!

The map can be found at the following link to mapformation Wilson College portfolio page. You may also want to download the 5mb PDF of this map on that same link as it shows a bit more detail in higher resolution.

http://www.mapformat...us/wilson3D.htm

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Very professional work, I liked it a lot :)

p.s. Some of the trees look like if they are blured. Is this on purpose?

Cheers,
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Very professional work, I liked it a lot :)

p.s. Some of the trees look like if they are blured. Is this on purpose?

Cheers,
Svetoslav



Thank you! No, any blurring or pixelation comes from the lower screen resolution on the Zoomify file and the PDF. The original Photoshop file is highly crisp and detailed.

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• Author of Map of Thieves
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Excellent work (as usual)! The color on the creek works well.
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... Michael, are you married ;) :lol: :D ?!

Stunning work!

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Thanks for all the compliments!

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Michael Karpovage

• Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map
www.karpovagecreative.com/savannah

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Mapformation, LLC - Atlanta, GA office
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• Author of Map of Thieves
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What can I say?....ummm, EXCELLENT!

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What can I say?....ummm, EXCELLENT!



Duuuuuude! :D

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• Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map
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• Account Manager/Illustrator
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• Author of Map of Thieves
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