Monday, May 26, 2008
Two videos on some of our favorite customizing tips including Part 1, use of the shift key, grouping and ungrouping, and Part 2, enlarging and the Snap To Grid option.
A video on converting PowerPoint files to jpg graphics for your web site.
And finally look over our shoulder and watch us solve a customers complex customizing problem on a regional county map.
Send us your PowerPoint map questions and we might turn them into a video. Stay tuned more to come.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Answer: Yes every state or county in our map is an individual element that can be customized, colored, deleted, moved around. The counties themselves are grouped together by state to help you keep organized. But all elements are individual. If you are using Adobe Illustrator make sure you check out the layers features, it will help you a lot with keeping things organized.
thank you, bruce jones
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Answer: We have a number of US maps that would help with your project. My recommendation is that if you are publishing a book you probably want to work in Adobe Illustrator so that you can produce the best and sharpest graphic.
From Illustrator you can customized all you want and then export it as an .eps or .ai file for your desk top publishing program where you can lay out the book.
I have attached a black and white jpg file of one of the maps with capitals so you can see what it looks like. We also have this in color. All of our illustrator maps are completely editable, each state or block of text is an individual element. You might also want to use some of our individual states to give more detail when you are describing that place.
Hope this helps, please contact me if you need further info
thank you, bruce jones
Friday, May 2, 2008
1. Click on a single map say Ohio, Ungroup it, you will see that you now have two groups, text and land. Don't need to Ungroup any further.
2. Click in the ocean to De-Select the map
3. Click on just the Ohio counties to select the land and then choose a new color from the Drawing Tool Bar
4. Once the color has been changed, drag around the entire state with your pointer to Reselect the two groupings, the text and the land and Regroup them together, that will keep that state whole and a single unit until you are ready to do something new.
5. Do the process for each state. Ungroup, change land color, Regroup.