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Show me the way

Posted by on February 3, 2011

The Bug’s question: How to integrate a map into the background (for traveling photos)?

If you haven’t done so already, read Mode of Operation. We will be using the same technique here.

To find maps for download, just type in “free downloadable maps” in your search engine. Below I will provide links to a few of them.

First things first, open a new file or a template. Place a background paper on it.


Next you will want to re-size your map to the size of your layout and copy it as a new layer. I will be using two maps for this layout. One, an old world map of the Scandinavian countries to pay homage to the type of wedding my son and DIL are having (Viking); the other a street map of the town in which they are being wed.


Hiding the street map, I select the old world map and change the mode to Overlay and the opacity to 30.


Unhiding and selecting the street map, I set the mode to burn and the opacity to 60. And to add just a little more to it, I will go to Effects>Edge Effects>Enhance.


Now all I have to do is finish the layout. Leaving spaces for the photos as the wedding isn’t until the end of the month.

Template by Pom aka Pom’s Breathing Room;
Whimsey (c)A+ Designs; Fonts:

Links to various Map sites:

Free Maps
Free World Maps
maps-gps-info.com
Owl & Mouse
USGS Store

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