I'm trying to come up with a map style in Illustrator that resembles the 19th century copper-engraved maps. This is what I have so far:
Basically set up the styles in Illustrator (hatching for the buildings, vignette for the water), then rasterized it and put it at 90% opacity on top of a "weathered" background to simulate discolored paper.
Some questions that come to mind:
- I've seen examples of those old maps which were colored (albeit very pale). Would it be common to have more than 1 tint of the same color (e.g. green) on those maps, assuming each extra color is a seperate print run.
- What's the smallest line width that could be achieved with this production process?
- Were text halos actually being used in that period?
Any other suggestions as to how I can improve upon this? Please keep in mind that the text placement is just "for reference" at the moment.