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Photoshop Template for GREAT LOOKING MAPS - FREE

This is a discussion on Photoshop Template for GREAT LOOKING MAPS - FREE within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; This Template is for Presentations or Reports - not for complex mapping and statistical work. I spent a lot of ...

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    Photoshop Template for GREAT LOOKING MAPS - FREE

    This Template is for Presentations or Reports - not for complex mapping and statistical work.

    I spent a lot of time on this but I think it was well worth it. The maps look really good.

    To use the Template, open it in Photoshop then go to MapPoint.
    Use the Road and Data Map which gives you a plain grey background so that you can get your Pushpins isolated in Photoshop.
    Zoom to the "48 states" setting, and then goto Map Settings and turn everything off so you have a blank map.
    Then import your Pushpins - and hit Alt-PrintScr to copy everything
    Switch to the Photoshop Template and hit Ctrl-V to paste it in as a new Layer.
    For that layer you select the grey with the wand and Ctrl-X to cut it all out - repeat for the water - leaving ONLY the Pushpins in that layer.
    Then you flatten all Layers for the final image and save it as a JPG file.

    Here is one I just did as a Sample - you can color it the way you want of course:


    The Layers can be turned Off or On to allow or hide the Borders.
    The State Abbreviations and/or the Country Labels can be turned Off or On.
    You can use various colors of Maps, etc. Best of all - it looks a lot better than the stock maps.

    IMPORTANT - this is a full-screen template. I use 1280x960 Screen Resolution - if you use something different (which is likely) just open the Template in Photoshop, resize to your screen dimensions, and Save):
    Download the Template:
    MapPoint-to-Photoshop Template (Photoshop Pro CS2)

    Here is the Template being used in Photoshop - you can see the Layers shown:




    You can also paste in a stock Road map and just use the solid borders to make it look better (shown below).

    Last edited by lifeson99; 10-16-2010 at 03:09 PM.

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