Hello world!! In this post you are going to take a look how to create vintage maps. Everyone would like to have one, so why shouldn’t you make it on your own? At first you will need to download QGIS from the official site. It’s for all OS’s (Linux, Windows, Mac OS). QGIS is a free and open source GIS.
After you download QGIS, install it and take a look on the menu. In this tutorial we are going to use simple GIS and styling skills to create a simple vintage map.
My QGIS version is 2.14 Essen on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. So let’s start!!!
Here are some searches I did:
Now, after downloading some useful data let’s start mapping!! Open QGIS!!
Click on top-left the “New” button and a new project will start. I suggest to you to create a folder and drop all the downloaded data so you shouldn’t be confused finding the paths that the data are saved.
Now we have to open the raster data, that is going to be our background. To do that we have to georeference the background image. Click on the “Plugins” tab –> “Manage and Install Plugins” and search for Georeferencer GDAL. If it’s not installed, install it.
Now click on “Raster” menu tab –> “Georeferencer” –> “Georeferencer“. Then on the button (open raster) and load the background image.
Create at least four points.
Now we have to set a transform, so click on the button and select:
Lets make some styling updates to our map. Bellow are some suggestions I recommend.
Some more styling and important updates!!!
And this is our GIS map!!
Now we have to print the map and add some more elements like a map compass, some labels and ships.
Click on the menu –> “Project” –> “New Print Composer”
And here are the results:
I hope you enjoy it!! Let me know..