Google Maps is the first thing that comes to our mind when we’re talking about maps, but it’s plain and boring. Wouldn’t it be great if we can add some fun to the traditional mapping system? Map to Image is such a web app that allows you to turn simple maps into stunning pieces of art, and once it’s ready, you can download that photo. Yes, you read it right. Let’s take a closer look at this new web app and see how it works.
You can of course use Google Maps and Bing to create screenshots of maps and then manually give that map a makeover. While this manual solution works great, not everyone wants to involve in image editing process which takes time and skills. Map To Image is a web application that can add stunning visual styles to maps, from simple terrain lines to watercolors, this is a superb tool that will give your map a unique look. The map will look like a piece of art once you start using this tool.
Create Beautiful Images of Maps
To get started, visit Map to Image and then enter the address that you want to use for creating a map. Also enter image size in the box. The maximum resolution is 2,000 pixels and minimum is 256 pixels.
You can zoom-in and zoom-out by clicking on the + and – signs. Notice the “choose map style” option and here’s exactly where the action starts. The default option is the Toner and you can change it to Terrain, Terrain lines, Toner 2011, Toner Lite and more.
Try out different map styles, but don’t forget to try out the “watercolor” style. This style will turn your map into a watercolor style which will give your map a very beautiful look.
Try out the map with some different location. Once you have tweaked the setting and map location, you can download the map image by clicking on the “Make” button. This web app will then create an image of your map and once done, you will see it in the “Recent” section. Click on your map and in the next page you can download the image in the same resolution that you have set in the image size. If you want to download a high-resolution image, then you’ll need to enter 2,000 pixels in image size.
After downloading the image, what now? Well, you can use that image as your wallpaper but then this would be the most obvious use. If you want to get creative, then print it out and place the poster on your wall or as posted on the CityTracking blog, here’s a custom sneakers which are imprinted with a map.
Do try out Map to Image to create an artistic map image for the place where you live in and show it to your friends. They are surely going to envy you!