Sample Maps - Adobe Illustrator
Map editing sounds complicated, but it's really very simple, and the best way to see how the maps work is to download a sample and try it yourself. Edit the map in any way you want, then print it out to see the high quality appearance.
We provide a range of maps styles to sample.
|Political Map Sample|
Political is the most common style used in Map Resources maps. A versatile style, it works for a range of maps, from very basic with just a few layers, to complex maps with numerous feature layers.
All political areas are drawn as individual objects that you can select and edit with Adobe Illustrator. This means you can cut and paste the object, fill with color, resize, etc. Depending on the map, the type of objects will vary. On world maps, countries are objects, on USA maps, states are objects.
In the Idaho map sample, counties are objects.
You can use the Idaho sample map to evaluate any Map Resources political style map because regardless of the map area, the style behaves the same.
Download the sample, open the file in Adobe Illustrator and experiment with editing. Select objects and recoloring. Turn the feature layers on or off to see how easy it is to remove unwanted features. Edit text font, size and style. Resize the map and print it out. You'll see there's no loss of resolution.
|Terrain Map Sample|
All our Terrain style maps are a unique combination of a beautiful terrain background with editable vector feature layers. Both are fully editable, giving you tremendous design flexibility in the final appearance of your map.In Terrain maps, a Photoshop file showing the shaded relief is placed in the lowest layer of the Adobe Illustrator file. If you want to change the appearance of the terrain image, you can edit the file with Photoshop (CMYK, 300 dpi).
The remaining layers in the Illustrator file contain all the vector objects such as line and text features from the Political Style (discussed above), and you have full editing control over these features. You can select objects, turn the feature layers on or off, edit text size and style.
Because of the Photoshop format background, resizing Terrain maps is not as simple as resizing vector maps.
But they make gorgeous images, so it's worth the extra effort. Use the sample map to test resizing and printing. In situations where you are printing a very large image, ask your output service for advice.
|"Fit Together" Map Sample|
Fit-Together States are exactly what the name says... US state maps that fit together. The 48 contiguous US states are scaled to fit like puzzle pieces, so you can create any custom US region you need.
The process is simple. Using the "Paste in Front" command in Adobe Illustrator, you copy and paste adjacent states, and they snap in place. You can put any 2 states together, or create multi-state regions.
|City Map Sample|
Map Resources city maps are extremely detailed maps showing all the myriad features that make up a city - streets, names, parks, bridges, tunnels, business and cultural centers, to name a few.
In order to manage all this information, and to give users control over the appearance of the map, features are organized into editable layers. You can easily turn layers on or off as needed to display the information that is most important to you.
You can also edit font-based text, lines, and color area fills on city maps to help you meet your design specifications City maps are 100% vector files, so you can resize them and still retain a professional quality appearance and high resolution output.
Want more info about editing maps? See videos with Map Design Tips.