Our maps are created either
'royalty free' or can be based on other
publisher's existing mapping. There is a different
approach to creating each of these types of maps.
Royalty free mapping - This type of mapping is produced
using aerial photography to interpret buildings
shapes and road alignments and then
on-the-ground surveys to obtain street names
etc. This tends to be more expensive because it
is more labour intensive than other methods.
UK mapping - Following the
freeing up of Ordnance Survey data in April 2010,
most UK maps can now be based on O.S. sources
without the payment of royalties or licence fees.
This makes the production of UK maps much more
efficient and therefore less costly to produce. A
simple acknowledgement on the map or in the
document crediting the use of O.S. data is all
that is required these days.
Most of our
maps are created in the graphics software
Illustrator. This software allows us to export
in a number of different formats such as EPS or
PDF for high resolution printing or as JPEG
images for use on the web.
All our map
files are fully layer structured in Illustrator
which allows us to make changes to the colour or
design of the map quickly and easily. You are
welcome to purchase the mapping in Illustrator
format but you will probably require Adobe
Illustrator in order to edit the files.
portion above shows the blue keylines and points which are used to
create a vector map. These are what the map is made up of and dont
print in the final version. Above right - just a few of the layers on a
typical map created in Illustrator.
information on royalty free mapping
World city maps
World city maps
city centre map information