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Published on December 28th, 2012 | by Technable

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Create Stunning Gorgeous Maps Of Any Location With Map To Image

map to imageCreate beautiful maps of your favorite places, then download high-resolution copies of them. Whether you want a water colour outline of the city you recently visited or a detailed grid of your hometown, CityTracking.org‘s Map To Image is a simple web-app allowing you to turn your favorite places into art.

Sure, you could compile screenshots from Bing or Google Maps to make your own images, but Map to Image makes the process simple. Even better, the site includes a variety of stunning styles that can make any location into a work of art. From simple outlines you can easily place into other contexts to beautiful watercolors, Map To Image is the perfect tool for making beautiful maps you’ll love to look at. It’s an amazing resource, and one that you can use for your own artistic endeavors.

Making Beautiful Maps

Head to Map to Image’s webpage and you can get started immediately. Begin by typing the name of the place you’d like to make a map of, then start tweaking the settings:

map to image

As you can see you can set the frame to be whatever size you want, up to 2,000 by 2,000 pixels. You can also pick how the maps look. Above I’m using “Toner“, but you can also create a map using “Terrain“. Here’s how that looks:

image of map

You can explore the different settings all you want, but be sure not to miss “watercolor“. This amazing setting somehow turns any location into a work of art, so don’t miss it. Here again is Boulder:

image of map

Western towns like Boulder can look a little stark here – too many straight lines. So here’s how New York City looks using the same setting:

image of map

Zoom and change settings and you’ll eventually find a map you like – or that you can use.

Once you’ve found the location, settings and size you like you need only click the “Make” button. When you do the service will get to work creating your image, a download of which will be offered quickly. You’ll also get a chance to explore maps created by other users, so check that out. You might stumble upon something you like.

Cool Uses

The images this service creates aren’t just cool – they’re potentially useful for creative endeavors. On the CityTracking blog you’ll find these custom sneakers, imprinted with a map:

create map image

You can also use these maps to quickly create things yourself. In less then five minutes I put this map of my town together, complete with an image of our iconic rock formation, the Flatirons:

map to image

It’s quick, but you get the idea: there’s potential here. Take advantage of it and create something cool, ideally showing off some aspect of where you live.

Here are a few other we’ve outlined:

What will you create with these maps? I’m curious, so fill me in in the comments below. Also feel free to point me toward any other cool apps for making maps, because I love finding them. Oh, and if you’re a Mac user, check out Satellite Eyes. This turns your desktop into a map, and supports using the filters offered by Maps To Images.

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Question by Rust Man: When exactly will we find out who our next president is?
What time? Will we find out by midnight tonight? I just want to hurry up and know exactly who the president will be? Or will I have to wait a few more days? Will we know tonight? I will stay up till 12:30 at the latest to hear the news announce the next president? It’s just driving me crazy lol. I’m in NC.

Best answer:

Answer by The fifth ape
We’ll have to wait for Ohio to finish tampering with the ballots before we’ll know for sure and that could take weeks.

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2 Responses to Create Stunning Gorgeous Maps Of Any Location With Map To Image

  1. Elflaeda says:

    You’ll probably hear tomorrow.

  2. bookworm530 says:

    Technically… not until the Monday after the second Wednesday in December, at which time the Electoral Collge casts their electoral votes on separate ballots for President and Vice President !!

    Tonight, hopefully we will learn how the ELECTORAL voters are distributed though… then again I won’t hold my breath – there are lawyers from both parties poised in Swing States and close counties ready to file suits demanding recounts.

    Remember that during the 2000 Presidential Election… Florida’s Electors where up in the air for weeks !!

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