What's the difference between Printable Maps and Vector Maps?

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By Koen Adams

updated 4 months ago

Our Maps:
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Printable Maps | Vector Maps

We offer digital maps in two options: printable and editable vector format.
Each of these options has its own characteristics, and they come in several file formats.
Find out more in detail below.

Printable Map

High-quality JPEG and non-layered PDF.
With a high-quality JPEG and non-layered PDF you can be sure to always get the sharpest prints possible, no matter what size you need. Use our printable maps in print design, in your new book, as a wall map in the classroom, and much more.

JPEG XL

 6000 pixels wide

PixelsConversion to 300 dpi
6000 px1.66 feet (300 dpi)
6000 px20 inch
6000 px0.508 meter (300 dpi)
6000 px50.8 centimeter (300 dpi)
  • Use in your favorite software
  • Send to printing company or print it yourself
  • Add your custom logo or other stuff
  • Incorporate in your design
  • Large adds need only 100dpi

PDF (non-layered)

Scale to any size you want without losing quality.
This PDF is a vector file. You can scale it to any size you want without losing quality. Editing this PDF is possible though limited due to the nature of the file: no layers and text is outlined.
You can open this PDF in Adobe Illustrator and select/edit all objects. But if you need to make lots of edits it is probably better to go for the layered vector option.

  • Vector File
  • Scalable to any size you want
  • Compatible with most software
  • Small edits are doable
  • Incorporate in your design


Scaling a non-layered PDF with a ‘Shaded Relief’ (bitmap/photo layer) is limited to the quality of the relief: 6000 px wide.


Vector Map

Adobe Illustrator AI, EPS and PDF.
Stay in full control while editing a map.

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Fully layered

Layers make it easy to navigate the maps. All objects, where applicable, have names. It is easy to select a particular country, city and much more. Just click on the object with the appropriate name and you are done.

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Scalable to any size

Vector Maps are perfect when you need to zoom in or scale. They stay crisp and clear at any size.

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Edit any way you want

All objects are selectable. Give them your colors, stroke, special effects and much more. Text is real text. You are only limited by the graphic software you use. We recommend Adobe Illustrator.

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File Formats

Upon purchase of a vector map, you get following file formats: Adobe Illustrator CS3 AI, Adobe Illustrator CS3 EPS, Adobe PDF layered, Adobe PDF non layered and JPEG XL (6000px wide @300dpi). You can always contact us if you need another file format. We are glad if we can help you out..




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