Erie Canal multi-panel map series – project file structure
When I set up the Bicycling the Erie Canal Guide in QGIS, I thought I’d do the whole map in QGIS. I thought I could export the panels as an atlas. But it didn’t make sense.
Here’s why I chose to go the MAPublisher/Illustrator route.
- Work on a single screen in Illustrator rather than having to use both a Map View and Layout View (in GIS)
- Maneuver quickly within the Illustrator file
- Style more quickly and edit symbols on the fly
- Automatic text placement is great
- Layers can be organized as I like
- All data is contained within the Illustrator file
- A single file can be used to place multiple maps into InDesign
So, I used QGIS to crop a bunch of data and do the framing. Then I exported it all to geojson files and imported them into Adobe Illustrator using MAPublisher. The two programs complement each other.
The video shows how I organize my current files and keep versions as I go along.