Maptorian Editable Vector Maps of the World (Royalty-free layered map templates) Wed, 23 May 2018 15:16:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Maptorian 32 32 133853886 An imaginary inland sea in Australia Fri, 04 May 2018 15:09:17 +0000 Alan Day narrates in his book The A to Z of the Discovery and Exploration of Australia the following about a curious map of Australia dating from the early 19th century:

The Friend of Australia [is a book] attributed to a Retired Officer of the Hon. East India Company’s Service, now known to be a Mr. Thomas J. Maslen. The Friend of Australia (1830) combined the principal unexplored inlets and other topographical features round Australia’s coastline (…). Maslen was not shy aboutrecommending named individuals to be entrusted with the exploration of different regions. Should an inland sea be discovered, then Captain Bayfield and Lieutenant Fraser, the surveyors of the Canadian Lakes, should be sent to determine its length, breadth, and course. A fold-out map Sketch of the Coasts of Australia and of the supposed Entrance of the Great River together with accompanying notes, adds much to the book’s interest. Some unfamiliar and speculative geographical names appear…

Australia inland sea

Minimal Geography now available Thu, 03 May 2018 18:34:22 +0000 After a successful campaign in Kickstarter, my cartographic poster “Minimal Geography” is now available in digital edition ready for high quality printing (PDF and TIFF), and also in PSD for Photoshop, with no limitations for printing and/or editing: Further information.

Minimal Geography

Globally change Colors and Text with Adobe Illustrator Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:35:31 +0000 In vector maps, as in Maptorian, the layers of text labels are usually very numerous. Editing these layers of text labels is very simple, especially if you want to do it in large sets. First we will select in the layers panel the one we want to edit. Once all the objects in that layer are selected, all you have to do is change the options for all the labels at once by simply changing the parameters in the text properties panel. But, why not use the text styles? The next video (really interesting) shows how to edit text using these styles, which are a very useful tool.

Gall-Peters projection Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:07:13 +0000 The Peters projection (named after Arno Peters), also called the Gall-Peters projection, is a cartographic projection that was first described in 1855 by James Gall. This projection is equivalent, that is to say, it preserves the proportion between the areas of the different zones of the Earth. This is its main difference with the Mercator projection, which preserves the angles but not the areas.

This projection tries to avoid the Eurocentric image of the world, since the Mercator projection gives great space to the lands closest to the poles and therefore makes it seem much larger than they really are in northern Europe, Greenland, Russia and Canada.

I created a vector world map with Gall-Peters projection (using QGIS) and thought about including it in Maptorian. However, I have decided to postpone the incorporation to Maptorian until I clear up some problems with its use. If anyone needs a map with this type of projection, please contact me.

Minimal Geography (poster map – digital download) Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:48:23 +0000 This is a project that I developed some time ago and that I have just announced in Kickstarter. This is an infographic poster with a multitude of curiosities about our planet. Would you like to find out what it is? You have all the details here:

Minimal Geography on Kickstarter

With this project you will not only have the opportunity to get the downloadable version of the poster for high quality printing, but if you don’t already have the 2018 version of Maptorian, you can get it along with the poster.

Thank you all for your support!

New vector maps in the full version of Maptorian Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:31:21 +0000 In addition to all the updates that the new version of Maptorian has brought us (I have already commented on it in detail), we must add a whole new collection of vector maps of continents and regions that come to complement the maps of the world.

Here are the maps that make up this new folder of detailed maps, included in the full version of Maptorian:

Africa and Middle East
America vector map
North America (USA high detail) map
Asia vector map
Oceania and Southeast Asia map
Europe vector map
Pacific-focused vector maps of the world Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:26:01 +0000 In addition to choosing the appropriate geographical projection, designing a map of the world sometimes requires different configurations in terms of continental and ocean masses. For example, the classic map of the world with Africa and Europe at the centre is not very appropriate if one thinks of maps in which the Pacific must be of fundamental importance. That’s why Maptorian vector maps of the world include some vector maps centered on the Pacific Ocean. Here are some of those maps.

Miller Pacific political high detail map
Miller Pacific physical high detail map
Robinson Pacific political Medium detail
Robinson Pacific physical Medium detail
Disputed areas layer Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:28:31 +0000 Although most national borders have maintained their traditional form for a long time, political crises and armed conflicts have shaped various areas in which disputed territories are still located today.

When we design maps in which some of these “hot spots” appear, it is difficult to decide whether to indicate traditional boundaries, or to add those disputed territories as well. To help in this task, the new version of Maptorian (Vector world maps full edition) contains a special layer on this subject.

Africa and Middle East layered vector map Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:18:11 +0000 When designing detailed maps of countries, large regions or entire continents, vector maps (for Adobe Illustrator or other vector design software) are one of the best tools to consider. Here is, for example, one of the new maps included in the Maptorian full version. It is a vector map of Africa and Middle East, with forty thematic layers, thousands of labels, objects and completely editable details. The following images correspond to various configurations of the layers and objects on that map. With this map of Africa and Middle East (as usual in Maptorian), you can design countless other maps, combining layers and objects to achieve the desired end result, whether for print, web or any other project.


africa vector map

africa map

detailed africa map

map 1

map 2

map 3

map 4

map 5

africa and middle east vector map

map 6

Detailed vector map of Europe Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:34:58 +0000 The full edition of Maptorian now contains new maps from all continents. Among those maps, of course, a very detailed vector map of Europe (Miller projection) has been added.


In the following images you can see some of the thematic layers of that map, with which you can design maps of countries or regions.