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« on: March 19, 2013 05:44:04 PM »

Is 'done entirely on the computer' still considered craft?  I hope so!  You can make something like this with paper and glue, too, which would probably be prettier and more homemade.  But this takes very little time and can be easily replicated, so I thought I'd share anyway!

These are the maps with hearts you see all the time on etsy and pinterest.  Filled with an actual map, or a pattern, and some people have three for their wedding anniversary, the place they met their SO, their honeymoon location.  I say choose whatever town is special to you, but you do you.  Here's mine:

Here's how to make your own hometown map:

1. Get your background image- chevron, a vintage map scan, a photo of your town, etc.  Google image search for large images only. 

2. Get your map blank at docstoc.com, or again google image search 'X map Blank' on large. 
Save and open it on photoshop.  Copy the background to remove the lock and keep it from being a smart object.  Using your Magic Wand, select only the outline and copy.

3. Arrange your workspace like this: Make a new file to a normal paper size, or whatever size you want.  Put your pattern on one layer.  Paste your outline in the second layer.  Go to the left side layers menu and select 'create clipping mask.' 

4. Create a new layer.  Select the eye on your new filled map to make it dissapear.  Select new layer and fill with a color.  Drag this layer under the first, and click the eye to make your map come back.  Move around the map to where you want it.  Control-" (Command-" on Macs) to show your guidelines, same command to make them go away.

5. Use the type tool, write your town name and state.  To find good fonts, go to dafonts.com.  The one I used is 'Tightrope.'

6. Create heart in Custom Shape tool, or find another blank if you like.  Fill it up.  Put it in your hometown location.

7. Flatten image, save as PDF or JPG.  Print it out.  You're done!

For this one, I used a texture overlay.  To do this, pick out a digital texture- an old paper scan, fabric, cardboard, etc.  These are the textures I use the most.  Texture helps your image look less vector-y and more like it has been made by hand.  Avoid anything too photographic or abstract- the best kind just make your image look more interesting without being obvious.  For my texture, I used an old piece of paper with a burnt edge.

After you've finished your image, create a layer on top of the flattened image, and size it to fit over your image.  On the layers panel, go to the drop down menu and select 'Overlay.'  You can also choose 'Soft Light' but it will significantly lighten your image.  Then adjust to opacity to whatever looks nice- mine is about 45% or so.   Flatten again and save.  You can also move this layer to just over your background layer, or map layer, if you don't want your colors to change too much.

That's it!  Easy peasy!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013 05:54:57 PM »

Very cool!  Thanks so much for the tute!
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2014 07:24:10 AM »

These would make great gifts, too. I love the chevron pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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