Customizing vector base maps
Maproom maps are easy to customize using standard vector graphics editing software such as Adobe Illustrator. Experienced professional graphic designers will fully appreciate the careful layering of many thousands of vector paths and anchor points, which allow for easy selections and rapid changes to stroke and fill styles, plus custom plottings and labels, or hiding of unwanted elements.
Even complete beginners can quickly grasp how to make simple colour changes with a few clicks of the mouse.
When you have edited your map in the vector program, you save it to PDF, JPEG, PNG or GIF if it is destined for the web, or TIF, EPS, JPEG or high-resolution PDF if it is destined for print.
We do not supply graphics editing software, but you can download free or trial versions of these programs:
Adobe Illustrator® (RECOMMENDED)
Illustrator is the graphics industry standard for vector artwork. Maproom base maps are created in Illustrator, and you have the greatest range of options when editing in Illustrator, including easy layer selections. You can usually download a fully functioning copy of Illustrator on a FREE 30-day trial at Adobe.com, or subscribe to Illustrator from about £18 per month on an annual plan, or about £27 for a single month on Adobe’s Creative Cloud program. Every Maproom map is supplied with an Illustrator (ai) format, and we recommend this software above all others for both easy and advanced editing.
On the right are links to Illustrator tutorials for beginners.
You can use our SVG format to edit the file in CorelDraw, although the layers will not be ordered in the way shown in the Illustrator panel previews.
Inkscape is a free open-source vector graphics editing program, which you can use to make simple edits to our SVG file format, although the layers will not be ordered in the way shown in the Illustrator panel previews. Follow the download link at Inkscape.org.