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Where can I download free vector maps?

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This website offers detailed Illustrator maps of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Great Brittain and Ireland. All images are nicely layered as well.
OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. If you click the “Export” tab, you can export the map you are viewing as a .jpg , .png , .svg , .pdf or postscript file. The .svg , .pdf or postscript options all produce vector images. Unfortunately, all the images will only have one layer.

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March 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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How do I open my Google Maps route in Adobe Illustrator?

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In Google Maps, you have the “My maps” link. If you are logged in with your Google Account, this is the place where you can save your driving directions, or locations or routes you can create on Google maps.

For a project I was doing, I needed to export a route I had drawn in Google Maps to a path I could use in Illustrator. This is how I did it:

  • Create your route in Google Maps.
  • Save it in “My Maps”.
  • Click on the “View in Google Earth” link (in the blue bar above the map right).
  • You can now download your route as a .kml file.
  • Surf to (UPDATE: Sorry, this project is dead, please leave alternatives in the comments)
  • Now open the downloaded .kml file.
  • After successfully opening the .kml file, click on the “export” button (top right).
  • Save the .svg file.
  • Open the saved .svg file in Illustrator.
  • Done!

Link: (Sorry, this project is dead…)
Status: Tested it, works.

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March 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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How do I open publisher files on a Mac?

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To convert Microsoft Publisher files to another format (.pdf , .doc , .jpg , etc) use
The Publisher to PDF conversion worked great, but make sure your filename is not to long or contains spaces, this caused an error at first. The site performs a lot of other file conversions as well, for image, documents, audio and video formats.

Status: Tested it, works.

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March 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

Posted in DTP, Mac

How do I generate an EPS or a vector based PDF from an SWF?

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Well, you don’t. Nowadays it’s very well possible to generate a JPG or other pixel-based format with an SWF, and with some server-side scripting to turn it in to a PDF. But all the images will still be pixel-based.

But after some surfing, I found out the way to vectors is SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). And after some more surfing, I found Degrafa. This is an open source declarative graphics framework in Flex. And with it, it looks relatively easy to generate a SVG image from Flex (example). And an SVG image can be converted to a PDF serverside or clientside, or edited in programs like Adobe Illustrator.

So, no (vector based) PDF from an SWF, but an SVG from Flex; that’s pretty close.

Status: Didn’t test it yet, but looks promising

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December 29, 2009 at 10:16 am

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How do I keep image colors the same between Photoshop and Flash?

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Change the RGB color profile in Photoshop

Change the RGB color profile in Photoshop

When I imported an image I created in Photoshop CS 3 into Flash CS 3, the colors always used to change. They were nice and bright in Photoshop, but flat and washed-out in Flash.
I finaly found out this has to do with the color profile settings in Photoshop. By default, RGB images in Photoshop are saved with the sRGB profile. Flash however uses the “normal” RGB profile, and this causes the color-change.

To stop this, in Photoshop chage the RGB color profile to Monitor RGB. Images created and saved with this profile look the same in Photoshop and Flash.
You can change the Photoshop color profile under Edit > Color Settings…

Original post and more information: The mysterious save for web colorshift

Status: Tested it, works

Written by lutsen

December 2, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Posted in DTP, Web

How do I clear my color swatches in Photoshop CS3?

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The only way I know to clear your color swatches palet in Photoshop is to drag each individual swatch to the trash. That sucks! That’s why I created the No Swatches Photoshop pallet to clear your color swatches fast and easy! Just choose “Replace Swatches…” from the Swatches window menu and replace your current swatches with


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November 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm

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