Creating Maps for Print

We all rely on maps for a plethora of things. Nowadays, most mapping needs are satisfied online, but for publications, printable maps are indispensable.

But a map online is not the same as a map in print. There are a few things you’ll need to consider when creating a map for print, and in this article we’ll show you what those are.

Bulk is not just for buying

You might be familiar with the notion that buying in bulk is always a good idea. But did you know that uploading your geo-data in bulk can be just as advantageous?

It is often that companies have not only one or two or maybe three brick and mortar stores. Often it’s so many that the idea of finding out their coordinates in order to locate them on a map for printing or presentation purposes seems like the most cumbersome of tasks. This is where bulk-geocoding comes in.

By merely copying the postal addresses into a bulk-geocoding uploader, all the postal addresses will be converted to their respective geographical coordinates. A good bulk-geocoding tool will let you use information copy and pasted from a spreadsheet or database and do all the heavy lifting for you. The result will be all your points of interest (POIs) located on the map within minutes.

Taking advantage of Printmaps

Apart from the many other features Printmaps offers, we also have a built-in geocoder that allows you to batch-upload and convert your addresses to their respective coordinates. It really is as easy as copying and then pasting data from a spreadsheet or a database column. Just click this Button in the editor: and you’ll have a familiar sight right in front of you. All you need to do is paste your content into the respective fields, and Printmaps will do the rest.

Once our geocoding engine has converted the addresses to their respective coordinates, you can go ahead and change the type of marker, the colour, icon or their size. All POIs will be saved in a separate layer, so once you’ve downloaded your map in Photoshop format, you can open it up and fine-tune the positioning of your POIs.

But wait, there’s more

Apart from being able to position as many POIs as you want, Printmaps offers a wide array of tools to make your life easier. Say you want to draw a border around the country or municipal area you want to emphasize? That’s what the Printmaps shapes tool is for. Click this button  and then simply search what you’re looking for.

Using shapes will not only help guide the viewer’s focus to the area you want to show off, but will also remove areas you don’t want to be visible on your map, whatever your reasons may be.

Another important and useful drawing tool is the route editor. Have a route between places you want displayed on the map? Either just draw it or, if you have it as a GPX file, simply upload it and it will be added to your map. And yes, you can of course draw more than just one route on your map.

It is what you make of it

Creating printable maps for a publication is not only a matter of having the right geo-tools, it’s also about using your own designs or ideas. With Printmaps, you get full flexibility, whether it’s the type of cartography used or the kinds of features included in your map.

And once you’ve created and downloaded your map, it doesn’t just end there. Want to add more details to POIs? Maybe add your own logos, more graphics, some text? That’s why we create your map in a layered PSD format, allowing you to change virtually anything you added to your map, down to single POIs.  

So why not just try our editor and see how you can transform your ideas into your ideal map fit for publishing?

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