01 November 2011

Topography Infographic

This one was a real challenge in a few ways.  I needed to visualize actual terrain in 3D and show how that relates in 3D with a topological map.  I scanned the map, found the shader files from GIS (to define the elevation in the 3D program), and a satellite image of the Grand Canyon to colorize it.  Getting the three to align perfectly was a bunch of Photoshop scaling and nudging with transparent layers to get things just right.  My eyes started to cross but the result came out just as I wanted.  A simple demonstration, but I learned a little about the maps I carry with me on hiking and camping trips.  Another plus of creating info graphics.

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