DIY How to Make a Custom Wedding Map: Part 1
A custom map for your wedding or event adds something special to your invitations. With basic skills in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop you can make your own map.
I have already invested in these pricey programs to edit coloring pages for my free coloring page website, KDDoodle. Before taking the plunge look into alternate ways to use these programs. While in college I used the computers in the fashion design lab. I purchased the programs with a student discount before graduation.
Let’s get started:
- Create a Google map with the points for the ceremony, reception, and other points of interest.
- Make a screenshot. PC’s have a screenshot button and will copy an image to the clipboard. To make a screenshot with a Mac, hold down Command, Shift, and 4. Your cursor will become a crosshair. Select the map. Macs will save an image to your desktop.
- Open the map, or copy/paste the map into Illustrator.
- Choose “Line Segment.” Draw a line from one end of the street to the other.
- Create anchor points along the line.
- With the direct selection tool drag the anchor points into place along the curve of streets.
- Make each anchor point into a curve.
- Change the stroke of the lines to make them wider or more narrow.
- Round the ends of the lines.
- Delete the Google map.
- Copy/Paste the lines that you drew over the map into Photoshop.