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Best way to make a topo 23-Aug-2010 At 10:57:03 PM jgoding

While the other programs suggested will get you a fast and cheap result, I can totally reccomend investing the time in using Illustrator for this. It sounds like you're not lacking in inspiration & motivation - so that will see you through.

It's also worth learning some basic photo-shop skills as flat pictures can often be enhanced to look much better/clearer with a little fiddling.

If you don't know who Neil is by the way he has made quite probably thousands of topos, so I'd say he's an expert in the field.

I've done a few too.

The ability to be able to go back in later and manipulate the lines is great. You may well find that your style (i.e. line types and colours) change over time as you refign what you like.

The other program that is part of the Adobe "Creative Suite" is In-Design - a serious learning curve, but great for laying out text and topos/maps etc.

Depending on what you're doing you might like to consider hiring a plane and flying over the area. I did that in the Grampians and Mt Buffalo and loved the experience. Hopefully those photos will make a great contribution to the new "Best of Victoria" guide I've been working on for the last 4 years! (and should be finished very very soon). Some examples of those topos here if you want a look:

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