I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but for publication purposes, I
"save image" the piece I want, (well, sometimes I "snip" it) or
get it so I can manipulate it as an image file.
Then, I open it up in Adobe Photoshop and put names, arrows, and other the
other significant "stuff" I need.
I have even "cut out" the pertinent part of a section, and superimposed it
on another map, say a county map or township map.
It's been awhile.
Also, another source of topo maps is: http://map-pass.mytopo.com/index.asp
It's a subscription service, but I've also been able to take plats created
in DMU and place them on these topo maps, which have more options for
annotating. You can use a pencil, mark a route and make text notes. Again,
though, I use the "snip" to take them to Photoshop. It's easier with the
rectangular plats, but a steady hand will also do meanders!
Doesn't, however, replace DMU -- you need something to work from!
Hope this helps.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Marie Robinson
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:37 PM
Subject: [DMU] Map background
I'm curious what everyone else is doing about naming roads and creeks in the
map background, at least as far as in maps to be published in some form.
I'm using backgrounds purchased from Steve.
I don't really like the topo maps but I see the value in showing the
terrain, especially in the mountains and steep hills. And the roads and
creeks are named although it's hard to pick them out in the terrain lines in
some cases. So far I have named only the three main creeks and no roads.
I'm justifying it by thinking people can compare the map to a real map to
figure out exactly where their particular tract is located today.
I would really like to hear opinions and recommendations!
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