View Full Version : Schematic town mapping using Keynote...

04-21-2010, 08:35 PM
I've been using the simple drawing tools in Apple's Keynote, along with some fantasy icons, fonts, and clip art to generate simple, schematic maps for a campaign I'm working on.

The buildings in this one started as a Victorian house from Open Clip Art (http://www.openclipart.org/detail/49117) that was modified in Photoshop to create 4 or 5 different sizes and styles. Pieces of the map can be easily shuffled around as individual elements in Keynote... much simpler than using a drawing program.



04-21-2010, 10:19 PM
Reminds me a bit of early American maps of towns...just a lil bit. Interesting and simple = nice.

04-22-2010, 02:46 PM
Don't know keynote. Any pointers to it?

-Rob A>

04-22-2010, 08:56 PM
Keynote is the presentation program that is part of Apple's iWork suite - think PowerPoint but with more Appleyness.

Basically, my point was - to think about using a presentation program as a workspace for mapping instead of a drawing program. Keynote has the advantage in this regard over Photoshop, becuase it has things like built-in Alpha channel and transparency, which I don't think PowerPoint is capable of yet.

04-23-2010, 10:09 AM
Pretty cool. NB I think PowerPoint does handle transparency; at least for on-screen display though I've had trouble in all Office apps when printing to PDFs. I've never tried using PP for mapping, though I have imported a pre-created map and dropped built-in symbols on top of it to use it as a gaming prop (part of a mission briefing for a sci-fi game I'm going to be running.) It's great to see the range of tools you can use for mapping.

04-23-2010, 01:48 PM
I like it - one minor issue: Church Street doesn't seem to be near a church; I guess it could be a name that was given to the street from the past but the style looks very "founding father era" so this town probably doesn't have a lot of history yet.

04-27-2010, 12:18 PM
Actually, the building w/ the star on top *IS* a church!

04-30-2010, 08:25 PM
I love those labels on little pieces of parchment, and the color scheme/inked/hand-drawn look is great. Those roads are really nice too - great wet-ink/dry-brush effect. Any history regarding the town and inhabitants? It'd be interesting to hear; and would they use this map for navigation, or is more of a representation of the town and a rough idea of locations?

- Alizarine