Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Re-creating the world map, part of Designing an Infographic.
In these next few steps, I'll be recreating the world map. Showing which countries were fighting on what side and which countries were neutral. I'll also be adding the insets for the Western Front and the Eastern Front. I'll begin with this scalable vector world map, downloaded from vectorworldmap.com. This map is available for remixing, so long as I show you this disclaimer. To this file, I've added three source files. There is a pixel world map showing exactly the information that we need.
We can't actually use or edit this because the resolution is too low and because it's just not easy to edit pixels in the same way as it is vectors. So we need to transfer the information from this. To our vector map. This map is from the World War one Wikipedia page. For our insets, there's a map of the Western Front. And the map of the Eastern Front. We're going to be tracing over these and simplifying them. As I explained in the Work Flow movie, I'm going to create the map in a separate document.
Then when it's finished, I'll place it in the master document. To start with I'm going to change the size of my art board, so that I'm creating the map at the right proportion for the whole composition. If we move to my master document in progress and to the layers, and then turn on the wire frame, we see this is that portion that the map is going to occupy. Allowing for some overlap with other elements, I'm going to make my art board for the map, eight and a half inches wide by five and a half inches tall. Making sure I have the center reference point selected I will change the height of the art board to five and a half inches.
Next I'm going to choose my selection tool select all of the artwork. And scale it so that it fills the art board. The vector world map has been well put together, making it easy for us to adapt for our purposes. The only problem is that the modern borders differ somewhat from the 1914 borders. As best I can, I've modified the map to reflect the 1914 borders. I'm going to start out by deleting the background layer, deleting the lakes layer, and hiding the text layer.
We don't need to see the text layer, but it's useful to keep around in case we need to identify countries. I'll come to the swatches panel and add out color palette, to the swatches panel. I'll select all countries and apply this green. The color that I'm using to denote the Allied Powers to my whole selection. Next, using the low resolution map as visual reference, I'll select those countries that were neutral and color those. Now, I may be slightly inaccurate there, and I would need to take more care in doing this, but you get the point.
And then, I will select those countries that were fighting for the central powers, and color those. I'm going to jump now to a document where I've assigned the colors to the relevant countries. And here on a separate layer, I'm going to create the key. I'm using Franklin Gothic Demi. And the size will be eight points, and rather than a rectangle, I'm going to draw an ellipse with the color. Since I'm using a few elliptical elements, I want to be consistent in my use of shape.
And then when I have one of those, I'll duplicate that. Duplicate it again. Change the colors and then select all three of those elements or rather all six of those elements. And group them together. Now the main map is complete, we're ready to add the in sets and that I'll do in the next movie.
- Building a grid
- Choosing colors and typefaces
- Creating a map and diagram key
- Creating a pie chart
- Modifying stock images
- Creating a timeline
- Adding bulleted lists