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    hello ,

    I want to make historical maps like this


    and upload to forum.
    How can I do maps like this?

    I want to make historical maps with free/freeware software like inkspape.

    Where can I find (free) maps like this of the photo and worked inputting historical data?

    With inkscape I've worked a few days.

    I am begginer.

    How make historical maps-crusades1187-map1.jpg
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    Welcome to the guild!

    NASA has their Blue Marble textures, and there's shaded relief which has a good free texture too. These are basically satellite maps without clouds. You'd load a part into inkscape as one layer, then draw on top of it.

    http://www.shadedrelief.com/

    http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2429

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/BlueMarble/

    Do make sure that what you use is freely usable, you don't want to tangle with copyrights. NASA imagery is free (except their logo) as is everything else the US Gov't produces.

    Happy mapping!

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    Most everything else. There are a few exceptions, but most government sites are pretty good about clearly marking items that are not in the public domain.

    If you want to get those colors that indicate elevation, that's called hypsometric tinting, and it will likely require a height map in addition to the satellite imagery or shaded relief. It seems like there was a pretty good tutorial somewhere around here about creating a hypsometric gradient and applying it to a height map in the Gimp (which is free raster-editing software. It is to Photoshop as Inkscape is to Illustrator.) It's fairly likely that RobA was either the author or discoverer of that tutorial. You can get height map information from NASA also, but it might take a bit more work to find what you need and get it to line up with your imagery.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
    Bryan Ray, visual effects artist
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    I found this map but I can not open it because I have memory problems 256ΜΒ.

    A)Ocean with flat blue tint: http://www.nacis.org/data/NE2/NE2_WDB1.jpg (16.5MB) = http://www.shadedrelief.com/natural2.../download.html

    Not satisfied with anything I saw.

    And confused. I am a beginner.

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