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As I start putting antique Vermont maps as overlays in Google Earth, I found that Google Earth might not be the best way to “digitize” maps. The complexity of the earth surface steals the thunder of the map details. And Vermont looks absolutely ugly when patched by a giant map.
The maps have already been scanned in high quality and stored in the college digital collection server (the website of which, unfortunately, did not work well.) What, then, does map digitizing really mean? Does it suggest a need of managing the scanned maps with tools such as Concerto? Or does it mean developing various ways of map visualization? How can the antique maps contribute – as an information source, a form of art, or a bit of both? What are the map viewers trying to get out of the maps?
The answers to these questions will define how and why maps should be digitized. There is a perfect example done by the David Rumsey Map Collection. On their website, maps can be viewed with different image browsers (InSight and Collection Ticker,) GIS, Google Earth and even in SecondLife. Although the maps look extremely blurry in SecondLife, it seems to fit the category of digitizing. I would like to hear your thoughts on which might be the best way to illustrate the maps.


Art in Illustrator

Hey guys,

I know Photoshop is not for everyone. It takes oodles of practice and working with a mouse can be an extremely frustrating experience. If you find Photoshop is not for you and still want to work with digital art in some capacity, Illustrator is your best option. Since the program is vectored, your anchor points can constantly be adjusted and coloring involves a few button clicks instead of the crayon method. So if you’d like to try Illustrator for some artistic purposes, here are some tutorials you might find helpful.

Beginner 1

Beginner 2
(If you follow the links in the Artist’s Comments box, she has several other tutorials on Illustrator, each dealing with different aspects of creating art.)

If you’re feeling adventurous, these tutorials assume you have a wider range of experience.

Intermediate 1
(To get to part two look for the link in the Artist’s Comments box.)

Intermediate 2

If you’re feeling exceptionally adventurous, here are a couple of expert level tutorials.

Expert 1

Expert 2

Expert 3

Nikon Scan and The Gimp

For those of you doing slide scans during the summer, you’ll probably need to install Nikon Scan 4.0 since most of the computers don’t have it. The link is nearly impossible to find, so here it is.

Nikon Scan Download

Also, for those of you who would like Photoshop, but can’t afford it (most of humanity I believe,) you could try the Gimp, a freeware graphics program created by the University of Minnesota. It has almost all the functions of Photoshop and none of the cost. You can find it here.

Gimp Download

I believe Brendan even pointed out they have a Photoshop appearance plugin so the layout will look the same.

Mapping for Dummies

A good and/or goofy place to map multiple locations.

Online excel to kml converter.

Introduction to Photoshop

Hey everyone. Mack went over a bit of this in his Photoshop workshop, but the methods for using the Photoshop interface for digital art rather than picture editing are quite different. Thus, an introduction to Photoshop for digital coloring. I hope its helpful to those of you who’d like to get a head start on doing this before I give a workshop on it.


Sites DOT Middlebury: the Middlebury site network.