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Need a high resolution (300dpi) Google Map for printing?


Date - March 2015

Adding Google map to the printing material is common these days to guide your audience to your business location. 
The normal practice is to take a screenshot of the Google map screen and use it in the art work. I recently used Google map in a flyer design following the above screenshot method, the print result was very poor which ruin the look of the art work. The 72 dpi screenshot was expected to result a poor print but it was beyond the expectations. 
This tragedy (just kidding), trigger the quest of getting a 300 DPI high resolution Google Map image for graphic design. I found different methods; the ’Google My Maps’ is the best, quickest and easiest way to get a high resolution 300 dpi map image.

High Resolution and Low Resolution Google Map difference

Downloading the High Resolution 300 dpi Google Map using Google My Maps:

  1. Go to My Maps Google website https://www.google.com/mymaps
  2. Click on ‘Create a new map’, you will be required to sign-in with your gmail account.
  3.  Search your location and zoom in/out as desired.
  4. In the left panel click on the doted bar icon next to ‘add layer’ and ‘share’. A drop down menu will appear, click on the last link ‘print map’.  (add screen pic)
  5. Select the required size and output.
  6. Press print button to produce image or pdf file.
  7. Now save the pdf or image file from your browser onto your computer and use it in your art work.

My Google Map and Normal Map Difference

The difference between the normal screen shot 72 dpi map and the 300 dpi high resolution Goole map generated through ‘Google My Maps’.

 



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