Vintage map design using QGIS

This is amazing, QGIS 2.0 is going from strength to strenth. Another great blog from Anita.

Free and Open Source GIS Ramblings

This post describes the three simple steps necessary to create a vintage-looking map using the blending feature in QGIS 2.0’s print composer. This is what we are aiming for:

alaska_oldpaper

1. Prepare the map

Like any other map, this one starts in the QGIS main window. Try to stick with earthy colors which will go well with the old paper look. For labels, try fonts which look like handwriting.

alaska_oldschool_overview

Once you are happy with your map

2. Prepare the composition background

To get that vintage feel, we need a background image with a great texture. You can find such textures on sites like lostandtaken.com. Download one you like and add it to an empty print composer. Make sure it covers the whole paper:

alaska_oldschool_bg

Lock the image by right-clicking it once – a small lock icon should appear in the upper left corner.

3. Finish the composition

The final step is…

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