How To Create A Geographical Map Step-By-Step Guide
How To Create A Geographical Map Step-By-Step Guide

A map is a scaled and flattened visual representation of a larger geographical MAP area. See how you can make your own custom Geographical map, browse examples

What is a Geographical Map?

A Geographical map is a map which is of a larger geographic area but has been scaled down. To make it you need to calculate the scale of the larger geographic area and the scale of the maps that we will use for making the map and then represent the larger geographic area with the map for which you are applying the scale. It is not necessary that your map will be an exact copy of the actual geographic area but it will be a “composite” of the smaller area to make it. Features and benefits You get to make a customised map which is suitable for your application. A graphic representation of your geographic area is very helpful in understanding the details better. You can use it as an effective corporate communication tool in your brochure, presentations, radio spots etc.

How to Create a Geographical Map

A map is a scaled and flattened visual representation of a larger geographic area. See how you can make your own custom map, browse examples, and other related resources.

Creating a map with ArcGIS

In this guide, you will learn the basic principles of cartographic design, how to create a map, and how to edit a map.

Creating a map with QGIS

Let’s start with step-by-step instructions: To create a new map in QGIS, select the Toolbox icon from the Tools menu, click on the Details icon and select Create a New Map from the new “Select Object” dropdown menu. In the resulting window, name the map and click on the Create button. QGIS will ask you if you want to save the file as a jpeg or as an mp4 file. When you click on “Save as Jpeg”, QGIS will create a jpeg file in the saved-objects directory with the name “gis_dunstable_map.jpg”. When you click on “Save as MP4”, QGIS will create a wav file in the saved-objects directory with the name “gis_dunstable_map.wav”. After clicking on the Save button, your map is saved as a “Map” and you are redirected to the “Open map” link on the map options page.

Creating a map with Google My Maps

Loading example: United States All right, you’ve got a general idea of how to build a map in Google Maps. Now it’s time to actually use that map to show something. In this tutorial, we’ll start with a free overview map of the United States. You can see how each state is labeled, and the shape of each state is shown. The state names are static, but you can edit them. Once you make any changes, they will be shown when you select any state on the map. You can use this map to create our map of the United States in 3 steps:

Step 1: Using Google My Maps to load the United States map of the continental United States from Google

Step 2: Using the 3D map feature to position the map

Step 3: Building a map of the United States using various design options.

Conclusion

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