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Maps on business cards and postcards

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Angela, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Angela

    Angela Member

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    A lot of my customers want a map to their location on a business card, postcard, ect. I have google mapped, yahoo mapped and can't figure out how to pull it off of the web cleanly. I thought I had it a few days ago but then ended up downloading the toolbar from hell and still didn't get a good quality map. Can anyone please tell me how this is done?
     
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  2. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    I've never seen a google map on a business card, your best bet if they insist would be to redraw a very simplified version in black/white.
     
  3. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    With the map on your screen in the browser, hit the Print Screen key on your keyboard. Open Photoshop, new file, paste.
     
  4. the graphics co

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    there is a program called mw snap, it allows you to snap a shot of any portion of your screen and save it as a jpeg.
     
  5. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    Snagit.com
     
  6. briankb

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    Windows 7 has a program called "Snipping Tool". I would just use it on a background layer and trace over the relevant streets or landmarks that will best show people where your customers location. Even if you just copy/paste on a BC or PC it will be too small. As Watsons Signs said, you will need to make a simplified map for it to look "right" and be useful.
     
  7. royster13

    royster13 Very Active Member

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    Thanks......New knew this too even existed....Wonder how many other things Windows 7.0 has that I have not found yet.....
     
  8. john1

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    This is what i do, I make sure a major landmark is on it for reference too.
     
  9. Farmboy

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    This
     
  10. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    I didn't know about that one either. Just tried it out. Very cool.
     
  11. ironchef

    ironchef Very Active Member

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    I use skitch app, on android and iphone. Lets me save the map plus add arrows and other stuff.
     
  12. Angela

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    Thanks for all the information.
     
  13. appstro

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    Just take a screen shot cmd, shift 4 and drag around the map......if you have a MAC. :)
     
  14. weaselboogie

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    :thumb:
     
  15. DizzyMarkus

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    control / print screen
    Flexi - new / paste :0)

    crop to your needs

    Markus
     
  16. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    I just make a simple map using lines.
    Here's an example from two old bizcard backs.
    Much easier to do and I think it looks cleaner than some imported map.
    Love....Jill
     

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  17. weaselboogie

    weaselboogie Very Active Member

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    Jills got it. Thats exactly what you need to do. A screen grab of a google map just looks half a$$ed.
     
  18. Signsforwhile

    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

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    even better.....the backs of our cards have the QR code that links you to our google maps listing. you can automatically use your gps off your smart phone then :)
     
  19. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    But I dont have a smart phone....

     
  20. MakeMyGraphic

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    zoom in print screen :)
     
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