GIS and map design can be an expensive combination if you stick with ESRI’s ArcMap and Adobe’s Illustrator, but you can get equally great looking maps using QGIS and Affinity Designer! If you’re a hobbyist cartographer, this might be the better option for you.
OpenStreetMap has a lot of GIS data, but unless you know what you’re doing, it’s not easy data to use. With this tutorial, I walk you through simple steps on how you can quickly and easily download GIS data for anywhere in the world, so long as OpenStreetMaps has the data.
QGIS is the leading open source GIS program and has come a long way in the last few years in terms of features, but despite these improvements it’s still not the best program to use to make your maps pop. Instead, you’ll want to export your map from QGIS to Adobe Illustrator to give it that final polish. Follow these steps to get your QGIS map into Adobe Illustrator.