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  • John Fitzgerald

    April 16, 2005 at 1:19 pm


    I need to create some maps for a project about Ireland. What is the typical workflow for adding a map to a project? Should I scan a map and pan/zoom on it? Or is it better to have a graphic artist recreate the map in Illustrator using the scan as a guide? I’m assuming the latter option is what is used by channels like TLC and the History Channel, but I’m not sure.



  • Steve Roberts

    April 16, 2005 at 1:37 pm

    You can scan it, then pan/zoom by animating the map’s anchor point/position, but I prefer using a 3D camera in AE. More intuitive. Turn off auto-orient. Make sure you scan at a dpi that will give you the image size you need for your tightest closeup: tightest map width (inches) x dpi = 720 pixels. So if you zoom into a 2 inch wide area, you should scan at 360 dpi.

    It’s great to have someone make one in Illustrator though, because you can zoom as tight as you want, and it’s nice and clean.

    However, if you want to show a specific map that has a place in your story, try scanning. If you don’t need to shoot a specific map, go the Illustrator route.

    You could try scanning, then using auto-trace to make masks.


  • Laszlo Kovacs

    April 16, 2005 at 6:40 pm

    Try this:


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  • John Fitzgerald

    April 18, 2005 at 2:09 am

    thanks for the help! i’m going to try the illustrator route and I’ll let you know how it goes.

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