How to create a directional map template

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How to create a directional map template
Create a directional map template for your upcoming special events. (Map image by Stephen VanHorn from

Birthday parties, concerts or sporting events held at different venues usually include driving directions. Transportation maps are also part of invitations for events, such as destination weddings. Supplying guests with a map is essential to ensure a smooth trip and arrival. Designing a directional map generally entails a template as a map base. Implementing tools like software, online downloads or a Windows application allows the user to create a customised template, including different landmarks normally not shown on traditional maps. The customised directional map also acts as a helpful guide to guests ensuring the route to the event is an enjoyable journey.

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  • Personal computer

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    Visit different map template websites, such as, or's Streets and Trips. Certain sites offer free trial downloads allowing you to use the tools to create the map template. Most of the vector-based diagramming software programs contain transportation and map transit shapes such as highways, intersections, road and street signs, routes, railroad tracks, transit terminals, rivers and building landmarks. Pre-drawn vector symbols such as libraries are also available while creating the template.

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    Read the recommended software program's operating system requirements prior to downloading the software. This ensures you can access enhanced features for maximum map template building results. For example, download trials from websites such as which offers clickable interactive virtual map templates. It allows you to add text and interesting details as well as import entertaining images and notes for your guests while viewing the virtual map, creating an interactive experience.

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    Drag and drop road shapes to create a 3-D map template from the road shape template folders when using software such as For instance, offers users stencil templates within the directional map template folder. An identifiable roadway shape stencil resembling the destination -- such as curved, winding, 4-way, circle or interchanges -- is chosen as a building block as you continue to add to the map template.

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    Drag and drop route roads into the template base from the road template folder. This is especially important to show elevated or tree-lined roads as well as bridges, overpasses or crosswalks. For instance,'s Streets and Trips program allows the user to choose scenic routes or interstate highways as well as add ATM, petrol station, restaurant and hotel locations along the route.

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    Drag and drop specific-looking block shapes with distinguishable areas such as airports or patrol stations. Save the map template in a separate computer folder prior to proceeding to the next step, enabling you to make further revisions or add-ons as you continue building the template.

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    Add landmarks to the template from the program's landmark shape folders. A variety of icons are generally included, such as ferry or train stations, skyscrapers, stadiums, cathedrals, churches or barns, as well as oceans, lakes and rivers.

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    Add road symbols such as hard-to-view stop signs, road work, crossing, no entry, mobile bridges, no parking or cycling tracks. Another option is to add identifiable event icons such as limousines, cars with promotional banners or trucks.

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