Digitizing My Drawn Maps

I have drawn a lot of maps over the years for Ariadne, and I’ve shown it in the past (a rather fuzzy-looking photo).  But finally, I’m digitizing them.

I don’t have a scanner, so I used the next best thing, a digital camera.  I took a high quality photo to get as much detail as possible, and to make it absolutely clear, as it has faded somewhat.  I’m using paint.NET to do the editing, and so far I’m liking it.  Here it is so far.

Ariadne map editing

As you can see, it’s just a screenshot of paint.NET with my map.  It’s not clear, and you can’t read much of it, but that’s how I wanted it for now.  I just wanted to show you the progress.  On the left side of the biggest continent, you can see that the coastline is bolder.  That’s what I’ve done so far. The process will take some time.

The original map is unedited, though.  I’m drawing on a layer, and I’ll be using that layer for the basis of several maps, trying various styles, types of information, and maybe even an image of the planet itself.

So, I have a question for you.  What kind of map would you like to see? Leave a comment with your answer.

4 thoughts on “Digitizing My Drawn Maps”

  1. I’ll just throw this out there – places like Kinko’s and Office Max can scan materials for you for a nominal fee. I know ours does it for 50 cents a page and you can have the file e-mailed to you or put on a flash drive while you are standing there.
    You’ve found a good work around, but, given the work you put in to the original, I would consider FedEx or Office Max to really get everything.
    Many Libraries will also do this for free! 🙂

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