Wikipedia:Graphics Lab/Resources/Tutorials

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Current translation effort (fr-en)

Some map-related tutorials in the process of translation from French into English at :

Drawing tutorials[edit]

French team have the following set of tutorials: French graphic tutorials. Translations welcome !

Map tutorials[edit]

There is a list of existing map tutorials; more are welcome. French users have provided some, and translations into English would be welcome.

The best places to obtain SVG map backgrounds are listed in SVG maps, particularly Location_maps (2008 standard) and their sub-pages. The Map conventions and toolbox also provide six helpful conventions, some strongly supported by specific teams. The tutorials below follow the training of a hypothetical new map maker: the deeper you go, the more complexity and beauty you find.

Demonstration of how an SVG map is built layer by layer:
1.Valley; 2.Plain; 3.Hill; 4.Rivers; 5.Troops; 6.Moves; 7.Text; 8.Locator map; 9.Legend.
Topographic map with English information on it. The level 2 tutorials on the left describe its creation.
Page or file fr Software Introduction
Level 0 tutorials
Change the colors of a country frIntroduction + correct page Inkscape Quickly change the color of a zone already delimited on a map
Translate an SVG frIntroduction is good + main content is irregular Inkscape Translate or modify a map or diagram without redrawing it entirely (svg or bitmap)
Copy a bitmap map into SVG frIntroduction is good + main content is irregular Inkscape Copy a bitmap map into SVG
Centre or crop an image frIntroduction + correct page Inkscape or The Gimp Centre or crop an image
Level 1 tutorials
media:Tutorial-cartography_(basic).svg Introduction + correct page Inkscape Introduction to vector map making with Inkscape: download, open with Inkscape and follow the exercises
Create and color map zones fr Inkscape Create and color map zones freehand. Create and color independent zones in Inkscape starting from a map showing borders of countries or other zones. (See also next tutorial.)
Cut a map into several sub-areas frIntroduction is good but lonely. Inkscape Cut a map into several sub-areas. (Should replace the preceding tutorial.)
Draw roads and railroads frIntroduction + correct page Inkscape For roads, freeways, railroads, etc. Download and watch the English video.
Draw topological maps frIntroduction is good + main content is irregular Inkscape Draw subway line maps
Draw a cartogram frIntroduction is poor Scapetoad Draw a cartogram
Level 2 tutorials: topography
Creation of maps using GIS (fr:SIG) and DEM
QGis lesson 0: Get ready QGis Introduction to QGis
QGis lesson 1: Create a topographic background frIntroduction is good + main content is irregular QGis Introduction to QGis, GIS technology, load GIS file into QGis, edit the color style, output the topographic background.
QGis lesson 2: Merge tiles and Shaded reliefs frIntroduction is good + main content is irregular QGis Introduction to QGis, GIS technology, load GIS file into QGis, edit the color style, output the topographic background.
Calculate the scale of a map frIntroduction + correct page Néant Determine the scale of a map from the precision of its data
First steps with GRASS frIntroduction + correct page GRASS GIS Detailed installation of GRASS GIS under Windows and first steps with this free GIS for map creation using digital terrain models
Georeferenced digital cartographyIntroduction is good but lonely.
* Optimizing reliefIntroduction + correct page
* SVG topographyIntroduction is good + main content is irregular
frIntroduction + correct page 3DEM
GRASS GIS
Inkscape
GIMP
Map creation from digital data.
A collection of tutorials for geographical, relief and topographic map creation using digital map data
Note: Inkscape, the convenient free vector editor used by most wikigraphists, can be downloaded here.

Web tools[edit]

Pony Express Route.svg

ShareMap.org is community tool that allows creating map on Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0 ) license in SVG format. More information can be found here.

Map resources[edit]

Other[edit]