If you need to provide directions to your business or venue on a printed flyer or invitation, the best way (outside of GPS coordinates) is usually to include a map on the flyer or invite. But what if you, like me, don’t have good freehand drawing skills? Here I’ll show you how to create a simple map and some tips to create clear directions. I will be creating a map with directions to our office. Please note: this is just a rough idea to throw some ideas out there and I would advise spending more time redrawing roads and simplifying things. You will need: Computer or laptop with internet connection Bitmap graphics or photo software Vector graphics software Printer Planning First decide what you want to achieve, how difficult your place is to get to will determine the detail needed to show. I had found these two maps when looking for some ideas, one is basically a screenshot of a Google map the other is an abstract drawn map. The one on the left is too confusing on paper, the second a bit too basic for me so I’ll go for something in-between. I have decided that the free online resource OpenStreetMap is good enough to use as a starting point. Go to www.openstreetmap.org and find the area of your location. Click on the “Share” tab in the right hand side bar. Next click download. You can change the resolution if you need a high quality image for print: Remove distractions Try to keep things as simple as possible import the map image you just downloaded into your bitmap graphics or photo editor, crop unnecessary areas and remove all unnecessary information or distractions. I have also changed my image to grayscale. You have to decide the amount of detail you want to show, I’m very methodical so I like a lot of detail: After you’ve done with the image editing in the bitmap/photo editor, import the image into a vector graphics editor to add landmarks and other labels: I used the Q from our logo as the marker but you can also use a map marker to pinpoint the location: To be honest I’m not fully happy with the results, I think it needs more work (wish I had better freehand drawing skills and more time) but it’s a starting point to show you a way to quickly create a map. […] you’re creating your own maps for print and need map markers to indicate points of interest, here are some scalable map marker clip art […] The map comes from OpenStreetMap which is released under a Open Database License which is a copyleft license and free to use. Source.