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GIMP brushes for map making Noel Stoutenburg 04 Jun 19:04
  GIMP brushes for map making Chris Mohler 04 Jun 19:17
  GIMP brushes for map making Rob Antonishen 04 Jun 19:52
  GIMP brushes for map making Noel Stoutenburg 05 Jun 07:40
Noel Stoutenburg
2012-06-04 19:04:34 UTC (about 2 years ago)

GIMP brushes for map making

Friends,

I'm seeking recommendations of GIMP brushes to use in making maps. I'm more interested in roadmap style, with different styles of lines to represent different characteristics of highways, crosshatched lines to represent railroads, etc. I'm less interested (at the moment, anyway) in texture brushes one might use on other styles of maps, e.g., stylized mountains, trees to represent forests, etc.

I'd think these would be common, and simple to find, but at this point this does not seem to be the case.

ns

Chris Mohler
2012-06-04 19:17:20 UTC (about 2 years ago)

GIMP brushes for map making

On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM, Noel Stoutenburg wrote:

I'm seeking recommendations of GIMP brushes to use in making maps. I'm more interested in roadmap style, with different styles of lines to represent different characteristics of highways, crosshatched lines to represent railroads, etc. I'm less interested (at the moment, anyway) in texture brushes one might use on other styles of maps, e.g., stylized mountains, trees to represent forests, etc.

I'd think these would be common, and simple to find, but at this point this does not seem to be the case.

I would suggest using something like Inkscape or Illustrator for this.

Chris

Rob Antonishen
2012-06-04 19:52:02 UTC (about 2 years ago)

GIMP brushes for map making

Noel

You will find many brush sets for stylized features in the resource forum of http://www.cartographersguild.com

Many are hand drawn, but some are more stylized. For roads and such, most of us just stroke paths with a variety of regular brushes.. Railroads, for example can be created with a narrow stroke followed by a dashed stroke or a rotating line brush with larger spacing. Double like everyone highways can be drawn by stroking with a wide brush, followed by a narrow brush in a contrasting colour, etc.

Though as Chris suggested, Inkscape tends to be easier for stroke type work.

-Rob A >

------------------------------ *From:* "Noel Stoutenburg"
*To:* "gimp-user-list@gnome.org"
*Sent:* June 4, 2012 3:04 PM
*Subject:* [Gimp-user] GIMP brushes for map making

Friends,

I'm seeking recommendations of GIMP brushes to use in making maps. I'm more interested in roadmap style, with different styles of lines to represent different characteristics of highways, crosshatched lines to represent railroads, etc. I'm less interested (at the moment, anyway) in texture brushes one might use on other styles of maps, e.g., stylized mountains, trees to represent forests, etc.

I'd think these would be common, and simple to find, but at this point this does not seem to be the case.

ns

Noel Stoutenburg
2012-06-05 07:40:17 UTC (about 2 years ago)

GIMP brushes for map making

Thank you, Rob and Chris for your prompt replies.

What motivated my question was one of the ways I use GIMP. I am an afficianado of a particular game which supports user supported content, including landscapes. Sometimes when I don't have access to my computer, I'll create proposed landscapes in the form of hand drawn maps showing certain features: contour lines, bodies of water, railroad alignments, and various types of roadway. When I happen to create a map that I particularly like, I'll use a scanner, and scan the image into GIMP, which I use to trim the map into appropriately sized pieces (about 1/2 mile square), and save them in the appropriate format. Sometimes what is clear when all of the pieces are in their original position, becomes less clear when the pieces are separated; when separated, it can become more of a challenge to remember which of the parallel lines running across all the way across a piece of landscape are contour lines, and which are a highway, or river, or other feature, which is running parallel (more or less) to those lines. I thought about how easy it might be if there were a set of lines, or brushes which I could use to indicate rights of way, adding a bit more clarity to these working documents, which are not likely to be seen by anyone other than me. I think Rob's suggestion of stroking a path with a colored line is a quite good solution to the problem I'm trying to solve. Since these map segments are unlikely to ever be published, I've no need for a full complement of cartographic symbols.

regards, ns