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    Question Help with roads

    I'm making a map for my nation on NationStates but i don't know how to draw highways, dotted line? red line? black line?
    same with railways and roads

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    btw, i'm not going to change the colors, this is the final style

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    It's really just personal preference, although you could look at modern atlases and duplicate the style found there. As long as you've got an identifying key though, it doesn't really matter. For a map like this, maybe dotted black lines for roads, solid black lines for highways, and solid red lines for railways?

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    Not sure what tool you are using but sometimes you can draw a line and then tweak it with bevels, embossing, stroking, whatever to get some good effects. If you just want it to be a simple line of some kind then I think you need to figure out the order of significance. Highways bolder than roads? Railroads probably need some kind of cross hatch unless the name of the track gives it away. Some detail may not matter depending on what level of detail you plan. You might make rails like roads but use a different color then you could do highways with solid line and roads with dashes or something.

    Take a look at some of the finished maps and see how others have done roads. That might give you some ideas as well.
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    I'd be tempted to go with a scheme like below, but as Diamond says, it's pretty much personal preference. Take a look at a number of atlases and see what you like best.
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    Thank you for your help, i finished it
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