Making "Unique" Maps With PowerPoint To Enhance Local Posts

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Local posts are an important part of our blogging strategy. We believe the maps we develop for each subdivision we promote is one reason for our local blogs are so effective.

The most important feature of the process is to make a map with the basic information stored. Once you are "there" it is easy to "drop in" information for a specific map.

First, I purchase state maps with editable counties in PowerPoint format from BJDesign. There are many firms offering editable maps, but Bruce Jones was most helpful in showing me how to use the maps.

Blank Prince William County MapSecond, I open the blank map in Power Point and using formatting tools I

  • color the map,
  • add basic highways coloring them to suit my preference,  

The map below is my Prince William County "master" that was created using PowerPoint tools found in SHAPES. It is stored in PowerPoint format so I can add or delete features as necessary.

  • The blue ouside the map represents the two rivers that border the county - the shape would overlay the map, but it is stored behind the map.
  • All of the highways and roads were drawn using Shapes found in Format - they roughly conform to the layout of primary roads. Remember, these are not Google Maps - they are nothing more than relative place locators.
  • The primary road names and state highway numbers were inserted using Text boxes.
  • Note Some of the highway lines do not meet - they will be covered when I add logos - I'm something less than an artist

Prince William County Basic Map

 

Third, I install

  • logos and graphics as necessary
  • Star locator, line and text box to show the general subdivision location
  • my "business card" which was created in PowerPoint
  • Note the logos cover those areas where my lines didn't meet

Prince William Map

Fourth, I now

  • Save as "Name" in PDF format.
  • As soon as it appears on the screen I Save As "Name" in JPG format to the folder of my choice which in my case is MAPS

 

Fifth, I open the map in Picnik for cropping and resizing (Adobe PhotoShop features are overkill for these simple "pictures")

  • "Crop" the map leaving a slight border so that text in the blog does not run right up to the map
  • "Resize - I use 600 wide so it does not have blog text run up the side of the in the post
  • "Sharpen" until the text becomes legible - downsizing a JPEG blurs text just as enlarging it does.
  • Save the map and it is ready for your community profiles, market reports, etc

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Christine You are welcome Karen

Sep 29, 2009 10:24 PM #156
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Mark Give it a try Karen

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Jim I am pleased I may have helped so many - it's one of the powers of AR  Karen

Sep 29, 2009 10:28 PM #158
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Fantastic post & you really have developed this flow well

Sep 29, 2009 11:05 PM #159
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Tina Thank you very much - I try :) Karen

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Steven Pahl
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I'm sure I'll have a learning curve in the beginning, but approximately how long does it take you now to complete one of these maps?

Sep 30, 2009 12:18 AM #162
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Jim Anselmi
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Thanks Karen - great stuff. I've been looking for just such a process and finalyy pound it. I will work on it when time premits. I read through it and think I understand it.

Sep 30, 2009 12:48 AM #163
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Tonda & Steve Hoagland
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Thank you for sharing what obviously has taken you some time to develop.  That's what's great about AR! 

Sep 30, 2009 01:13 AM #164
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Mark Warner
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Karen,

those are really classy maps, I'm sure the consumers love them. It's all about them isn't it.

thanks,

Sep 30, 2009 03:38 AM #165
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Barbara Now my secret is out Karen

Sep 30, 2009 03:43 AM #166
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Steven The basic map took about an hour after the learning curve - the subdivision updates take about 15 minutes  Karen

Sep 30, 2009 03:45 AM #167
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Jim It really isn't difficult - my husband cando it :) Karen

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Tonda and Steve That is what's great about AR, but there are a few who are unwilling to share  Karen

Sep 30, 2009 03:50 AM #169
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Mark It is all about them and they do like them Karen

Sep 30, 2009 03:51 AM #170
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Karen-

 

Great Idea, I'll try it too.

Oct 01, 2009 01:40 AM #171
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Jim  Go for it Karen

Oct 01, 2009 06:54 AM #172
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very useful. i have to bookmark this, read it a couple of time and really digest this idea. good one.

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Bev and Bob Give it a try - it is really very easy Karen

Oct 03, 2009 12:28 AM #174
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Karen, this is lots of information.  I've bookmarked it so I can figure it out.  Thanks so much.

Oct 07, 2009 01:23 PM #175
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Karen, I'm so glad that you put the link to this on your powerpoint post.  I wondered how you did your maps.  This looks like a good winter project.  I am bookmarking for those dreary winter days.

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