Map Design

Batch cleaning ArcMap exported Illustrator files

I outline how to build a simple batch action to clean up large quantities of ArcMap’s own brand of Illustrator file. Typically, ArcMap includes a thousand clipping paths and totally destroys curved text paths. Let’s clean that mess up to give us a fresh start in Adobe Illustrator.

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Free Adobe Illustrator Symbol Set: National Park Service Pictographs

Adobe Illustrator symbol libraries in three styles Many of the icons that the US National Park Service uses on their official park maps are available in various formats from the Harpers Ferry Center website. These include PDF files, True Type fonts, and ESRI style sheets for ArcGIS. However, none of these resources provide that “always […]

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March Desktop Wallpaper Freebie

Free Wallpaper for your desktop and iDevices Mount Hood, Oregon Please enjoy this free downloadable desktop wallpaper of a snow-covered Mt. Hood. I’ve been building a new rendering technique in Photoshop lately and have taken to calling this my frosted mini-wheat style. I love how the glaciated mountain tops look sugar coated against the subtly […]

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Exporting better hillshades from ArcMap

I recently created a walkthrough that describes how I generate a higher quality hillshade from ArcMap by using the “export data” option to obtain a 16bit grayscale Tiff.  There are a few tricks to processing this image in Photoshop to obtain a usable image, but the end result is much better than the default ArcMap […]

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Photoshop Dabbling: Old Weathered Map

One of my weekend traditions is to sit down and just dabble with whatever has been rattling around in my mind at night. Without any regard for a specific project, I’ll take out my tools and just see where creative inspiration takes me.  Sometimes I learn something new, or develop an interesting workflow, or just […]

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