Maptorian Editable vector maps of the world (Royalty-free layered map templates) AI + EPS + PDF Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:29:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Maptorian 32 32 133853886 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.
(CC-By-NC-SA). Adobe.

Thematic layers: the magic behind the Maptorian vector maps Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:02:41 +0000 When designing a map, thematic layers saves development time. Below is a list with some main Maptorian thematic layers, ready to use, edit or adapt…

Layers composition: Coastline + Land + Oceans
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Physical
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Countries
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Countries + Countries labels
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Internal administrative boundaries
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Internal administrative boundaries + Internal administrative labels
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Urban areas
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Urban points level 1 and Urban labels
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Urban points level 2 + Urban labels level 2 + Urban areas
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Physical + Elevation points and labels + Marine areas and labels + Geographic points and regions with labels
Layers composition: Coastline/Land + Oceans + Rivers (Levels 1 and 2) + Lakes + Labels (rivers and lakes)
Layers composition: Lakes + Land + roads (levels 1 and 2) + railroads (levels 1 and 2) + Urban areas
Example composition 1
Example composition 2
Example composition 3
Example composition with graticules

In the Maptorian packs you can find many other thematic layers not shown here: Detailed vector topography, glaciated areas, reefs, minor islands…

Map packs currently available in Maptorian

Vector maps: why are they so useful? Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:27:38 +0000 When a designer needs to use geographical maps, he finds the possibility of locating a multitude of sources to take as a basis for creating new maps. Nevertheless, most of these maps are in bitmap (raster) format, so it is not easy to adapt or edit them.

Vector maps, such as Adobe Illustrator maps (AI) and similar ones, have many advantages that save a lot of time when designing maps. Here are some of these advantages:

  1. Vector maps are scalable without lost quality.
  2. Can be easily edited.
  3. No quality distortion in the edition process.
  4. Vector maps have smaller file sizes than bitmap images.
  5. Vector graphics are perfect for high quality print documents (when you need non pixelated images for printing).
  6. When you need detailed illustrations, vector files are the perfect solution.
  7. These maps can be used for presentations and animation works with optimal results.
  8. Using vectors poses a time saver when you need to create complex graphics.

These are some of the reasons why the use of this type of files is very useful for all type of designers and other professionals.

Map packs currently available in Maptorian.

Example showing vector graphics versus bitmaps.

Image CC D. Stabro / Wikimedia Commons.

We have new map packs! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 19:22:58 +0000 This end of the year, Maptorian presents two new special products.

For the first time, our new Maptorian Topographic World Maps Pack:

Here is something special. This pack contains topographic maps of the world in vector format (AI for Adobe Illustrator or analogous software). These archives can be used as templates to create topographic maps of the world and it is also compatible with our other Maptorian Miller Projection world maps.

Topographic World Maps

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