NEED A HIGH RESOLUTION (300DPI) GOOGLE MAP FOR PRINTING?

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 artwork. 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 artwork. The 72 dpi screenshot was expected to result in a poor print but it was beyond the expectations.

Difference between Google My Map method and Screenshot method

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.




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 dotted 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 the print button to produce an image or pdf file.
  7. Now save the pdf or image file from your browser onto your computer and use it in your artwork.
Closeup to show the difference

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

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