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Des.Kartes SUPPORT: About "natural" map coloring

The coloring scheme used on a map is certainly one of the most important elements determining both its aesthetics and effectiveness.

If, for example, you examine your topo maps, comparing these from map publishers in different countries, you will immediately see how the use of color is part of the map's "trademark". The same is true if you compare atlases from different publishing houses.

At Des.Kartes -- unless you specifically indicate to us that you prefer to use a specific color scheme ("ramp") -- we prefer to begin by designing your map based on what are generally recognized by cartographers as "natural" colors. Thus, water is represented in blue shades, vegetation uses varying greens, bare mountain heights by yellow-browns and greys.

Here you have a map example showing one use of (many possible variations! on) a natural coloring scheme.

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Des.Kartes SUPPORT: How to find the coordinates of a geographic rectangle

Here is an example of how to specify a "bounding box" (here, the red rectangle) to indicate the geographical coordinates surrounding the area where your hikes took place.

If you know this information, provide the coordinates (even if approximate) -- in latitude and longitude degrees -- of the southwest (SW) and northeast (NE) corners of the box. These are marked by the points 1 and 3 in the diagram.

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