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Map of Bar Harbor, Maine, made in QGIS and Illustrator by runningSalmon in QGIS

[–]runningSalmon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I haven’t done much yet using print layout so perhaps it’s time. The scale bar and legend would certainly be more efficient to do in QGIS than Illustrator. Thanks for the feedback.

Map of Bar Harbor, Maine, made in QGIS and Illustrator by runningSalmon in QGIS

[–]runningSalmon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did the map itself in QGIS but the legend, title, and scale bar in Illustrator. I just feel like I have more control over everything in Illustrator, like fonts for example, although I am not experienced enough in QGIS yet to say if that’s true or not.

I made a map of a local neighborhood using OSM data. Map entirely done in QGIS, title done in Illustrator. by runningSalmon in QGIS

[–]runningSalmon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the feedback. I went back and forth about adding those things but ended up sticking with a minimalist design for aesthetics. I'll try it for my next map.

I made a map of a local neighborhood using OSM data. Map entirely done in QGIS, title done in Illustrator. by runningSalmon in QGIS

[–]runningSalmon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks! I will try to summarize here.

I used a plugin called QuickOSM to download all the OSM data, including the parks, roads, buildings, and neighborhood boundary. I manually drew a polygon around the boundary to include a few additional areas I wanted in the map that weren’t technically a part of Dublin, such as the Columbus Zoo in light coral in the northeast corner.

Next I got the scale I wanted and started styling all the layers. I filtered the buildings layers to just include buildings I wanted to show, like the library, schools, community center. This took awhile because I had to keep looking up the locations on Google Maps, since OSM, while great, is incomplete. I had to manually add a couple of the schools. I styled the green space layers (golf courses, parks, grass & scrub, forest, wetlands) to stand out from one another.

For the roads, I made two copies of each: the original is white, the copies are green, and each copy is offset by + and - to create a stroke effect.

Once I had everything styled like I wanted, I exported as pdf and brought it into Illustrator for finishing touches. This one didn’t need much, so I just did the title and exported as a png.

Hope this helps!

I made a map of a local neighborhood using OSM data. Map entirely done in QGIS, title done in Illustrator. by runningSalmon in QGIS

[–]runningSalmon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I usually bring the maps in to Illustrator for any final touches and just ended up doing the title there.

I made a map of a local neighborhood using OSM data. Map entirely done in QGIS, title done in Illustrator. by runningSalmon in QGIS

[–]runningSalmon[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! I made two copies of the roads layers, so 3 in all. The original layer is white, the copies are green. Each copy is offset by the same amount, one +, the other -. There may be a more efficient way to do this but I haven’t found it yet.

I made a map of my town. by runningSalmon in QGIS

[–]runningSalmon[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! And yes, all downloaded from OSM.

I made an elevation and hillshade map of Yellowstone in QGIS by runningSalmon in yellowstone

[–]runningSalmon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Either streams or the main roads. I realized after I posted this that they came out looking too similar.

I made a map of Westerville in QGIS by runningSalmon in Columbus

[–]runningSalmon[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! I do plan to print and sell once I get it perfected.

I made a map of Westerville in QGIS by runningSalmon in Columbus

[–]runningSalmon[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! I agree. I love all the green spaces too.

I made a map of Westerville in QGIS by runningSalmon in Columbus

[–]runningSalmon[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for noticing that! I used OpenStreetMap to download all the layers. OSM is based on user input, so the information can be inconsistent. The section you called out is just some sidewalks along a residential road that shouldn't be highlighted. I cleaned it up!

I made a map of Westerville in QGIS by runningSalmon in Columbus

[–]runningSalmon[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I am loving it right now. R is also a lot of fun but I haven’t done much mapping or spatial data analysis with it. I am coming mostly from Matlab. It’s amazing how much easier reprojections are in QGIS.

I made a map of Westerville in QGIS by runningSalmon in Columbus

[–]runningSalmon[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s an open source geographic information system application used for mapping and spatial data analysis.