Maptorian Editable vector maps of the world (Royalty-free layered map templates) AI + EPS + PDF Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:16:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Maptorian 32 32 133853886 Discover the Magallanes-Elcano expedition in a 360º environment Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:01:25 +0000 Some time ago Victor Caballero wrote to me saying that he needed a world map with certain characteristics for a new visualization project. I sent him one of my vector maps and recently I’ve seen that request turned into a really attractive method to visualize infographics. It is a 360º format (whether desktop or mobile, and I suppose it will also be ideal for virtual reality accessories) to present multimedia and interactive information.

The subject of the experiment is the famous circumnavigation of the Magellan-Elcano expedition. On September 20,1519, the five ships that were going to complete the first round-the-world voyage recorded in history, departed from Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain)… the rest of it is history. The experiment can be enjoyed here.

I invite you to discover Maptorian, my collection of vector maps, free to use for both personal and commercial projects:

Vector maps, full list Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:26:22 +0000 I have been asked on many occasions to publish a list with all the maps of Maptorian. It’s a request that makes a lot of sense, because my maps have been growing in number and, despite the descriptions of each folder, one can get lost among this vast collection of maps. Therefore, here is a list of all the vector maps that make up the full edition of Maptorian (listed as of today, September 15, 2017):

The complete collection contains the following maps:

World_Maps_1 (AI + EPS + PDF) / 713.7 MB ZIP

  • Very detailed world map (Miller projection)

World_Maps_2 (AI + EPS + PDF) / 1001.5 MB ZIP

  • Mercator (18 layers)
  • Miller (18 layers)
  • Robison (18 layers)
  • WGS84 (18 layers)

World_Maps_3 (AI + EPS + PDF) / 2.0 GB ZIP

  • Mercator (27 layers)
  • Miller (27 layers)
  • Robinson Atlantic (27 layers)
  • Robinson Pacific (27 layers)
  • WGS84 (27 layers)

World Maps 4 (AI + EPS + PDF) / 910.1 MB ZIP

  • Aitoff
  • Antarctic map
  • Arctic map
  • Bonne
  • Gall stereographic
  • Mollweide
  • Times
  • Van der Grinten
  • Winkel-Tripel

World_Maps_5 (AI + EPS + PDF + Raster) / 301.2 MB ZIP

  • Bathimetry vector maps
  • Relief bitmaps
  • Timezone maps

Europe_Maps (AI + EPS + PDF) / 181.0 MB ZIP

  • Europe map 1 (Equidistant Conic projection)
  • Europe map 2 (Miller projection)

America_and_USA_Maps (AI + EPS + PDF) / 632.6 MB ZIP

  • Mexico + Central America + Antilles
  • North America (Equidistant Conic projection)
  • South America (Mercator projection)
  • USA Maps
    • USA Map 1 (Mercator projection)
    • USA Map 2 (NAD 83 projection)

Additional Maps (AI + EPS + PDF) / 167.5 MB ZIP

  • Africa
  • Australia + New Zealand
  • India
  • Japan, Korea, Taiwan
  • Middle East
  • Southeast Asia

Maptorian Topographic World Maps Pack CC or later (Vector AI) / 1.9 GB ZIP
Maptorian Topographic World Maps Pack CS3 or later (Vector AI) /1.6 GB ZIP

Mercator_Maps (AI) /596.7 MB ZIP

  • Composition example with all thematic layers
  • Thematic compositions:
    • Admin Level 1
    • Admin Level 2
    • Airports and Ports
    • Vector Bathimetry
    • Geographic areas
    • Glaciated areas
    • Graticules
    • Land, coastline and ocean
    • Misc layer
    • Physical raster
    • Rivers and lakes
    • Transport
    • Urban areas
    • Urban areas 2

Additional Map_USA_Parks_V2 / 44.9 MB ZIP

Additional-Map-Brazil (AI) / 4.3 MB ZIP

USA_50_States_maps_NAD83 (AI) / 245.7 MB ZIP

  • 52 maps.

Simplified_Maps_Maptorian (AI + EPS) / 130.6 MB ZIP

  • Mercator projection
  • Miller projection
  • Robinson projection
  • Times projection
  • WGS84 projection
  • Gall stereographic projection
Simplified vector maps Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:48:33 +0000 I have created a new world maps vector pack.

In many cases, for example when designing some posters or infographics, you don’t need very detailed maps to get the final product you are looking for. For those occasions, Maptorian’s map collections may be too complex to use, as they contain a very high level of detail.

That’s why I created this new collection of vector maps of the world. With these new maps, simple compositions can be created quickly: the coastlines, rivers, lakes and other details have been simplified. However, nothing of Maptorian’s essence is lost on these maps: they are maps in which all objects are editable and allow you to create all types of thematic maps quickly using Adobe Illustrator or any other similar vector design program (Special content: Including USA + Canada + Australia internal boundary lines).

These maps can be freely downloaded by previous Maptorian Complete Pack (only 2017 Edition) buyers (in your product download area on Gumroad).

The rest of the interested people can buy the new pack, or else purchase the complete edition.

Go to the maps!

Vector maps of 50 states of USA Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:36:05 +0000 With more than 20 layers, fully editable: you can find vector maps for all of the USA States, and Puerto Rico, in two of the Maptorian collections: America Maps pack and Maptorian complete edition.

These templates contains vector maps of the 50 US states, designed to serve as a basis for detailed mapping, including at the county level, of the various US states.

Some screencaptures as examples:

Vector Map of Brazil Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:37:24 +0000 From one of my last map projects, behold is an additional map that I have published also in Maptorian. Is a vector map of Brazil, in Adobe Illustrator format (CS3 version or later is required), with more than 20 thematic layers. This vector map complements the America Maps Pack and also is included in the Complete Edition Pack.

Complete view of the new vector map of Brazil.

The Brazil vector map contains more than 20 thematic layers, all editable.

Additional map: US national parks (equidistant conic) Wed, 17 May 2017 09:20:43 +0000 Now, I have uploaded a new map to complementary some vector maps packs. Is a vector map of US national parks in equidistant conic projection, AI format and 50 Mb size. This map can be downloaded with the America Pack and the Complete Edition Pack.

Some screen captures of the new map.

A new way to contact me Tue, 02 May 2017 21:49:03 +0000 I have installed a new method to contact me in Maptorian. As usual, al people interested in mapping, vector maps, Illustrator or cartography, can use my e-mail to send questions:

But, a new way, direct and easy, is the new Messenger contacto method. In de sidebar or menu you can see this image:

When clicking on this image, you can directly send me a message via Facebook Messenger. 😉

Playing with gaussian blur in raster layers on vector maps Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:55:29 +0000 Some of my vector maps (published in Maptorian or AlpoMaps), have one or more layers in raster format (bitmap, not vector). Why this format?

In ocassions, when the geographic information is very dense or complex, as with shaded reliefs, mountains or physical layers, the raster layers are useful. I have a specific product with physical layers in vector format, but is very “heavy”. When we don´t need hight detail, the raster layers can be the best solution. But, in some ocasions, we can found a problem like this…

1.- Maptorian vector map with physical layer in raster format, distant view.

vector maps and raster layers

2.- The same map, in zoom view. See how the physical layer is pixelated.

raster layer

A trick to “repair” the problem (without use vector layers) consists in the gaussian filter. This is a filter inherit from Photoshop, but instaled with Adobe Illustrator natively. To proceed: first, select the raster layer, then apply the filter:

Effect –> (Photoshop Effects) –> Blur –> Gaussian blur (radius 1.0 or 2.0 pixels).

3.- The new map, after execute the filter, have a more soft aspect.

gaussian blur

The Werner projection (Bonne projection case) Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:30:15 +0000 The Werner projection is a special case of the Bonne projection. This projection is used to drawing maps with heart shaped, and is included in the Maptorian World Maps Pack and in the Maptorian Complete Edition. This projection was created by Johannes Werner, a parish priest in Nuremberg, and getting better by Johannes Stabius of Vienna in the 15th century. The Maptorian vector map version of this projection contains diverse layers with great detail, as seen in the next images.

Bonne world vector map

Bonne world vector map detail

Bonne world vector map sample

Illustrator maps: GPU vs CPU performance Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:19:08 +0000 When we work with extremely large Illustrator files, as vector maps, the computer performance may be adversely affected.

GPU performance enhancements let Illustrator pan, zoom, and scroll up to 10 times faster with 10 times higher zoom magnification (64,000%, up from 6,400%)…

With powerful computers equiped with modern GPUs, the use of GPU visualization can be very useful, but when we work with computers without a great GPU, the best election is work on CPU.

Enable or disable GPU preview:

  • Application bar > click the GPU Performance “rocket” icon to display the GPU Performance settings in the Preferences panel.
  • Select or clear the GPU Performance check box and click OK.

GPU Performance settings in the Illustrator Preferences panel.
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