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Statewide Map

  • For large bodies of water, use the Sound Water color: R:218 G:228 B:236
  • Remember to save maps as .GIF files, Adaptive Palette, 32 colors.

Colors used in statewide map

Statewide map standard

Photoshop file of map template shown directly above. (psd 1.8 mb)
Macintosh Users: Hold down Option as you click.
PC Users: Click right mouse button and choose "Save Target As".

Project Map

Steps for creating Project Maps in Photoshop

The colors used in the project maps.
Project map color standards


Example of a project map enlarged version

  • The large version of the project map should be no larger than 510 pixels.

  • A caption is needed on the project map page, which briefly describes the map area of the project.

  • The alt-tag on the project map should describe the location. It should not say "Project Map" as this does not describe the project location to a blind user.

Large project map example.

Photoshop file of map template shown directly above. (psd 514 kb)
Macintosh Users: Hold down Option as you click.
PC Users: Click right mouse button and choose "Save Target As".

Example of Project Map thumbnail

  • The project thumbnail should be cut from the larger project map (see above) focusing on the project itself.

  • Do not shrink the entire full size project map to make the thumbnail. Cut the thumbnail map to be 185 x 185 pixels.

  • The alt-tag on the project map should describe the location. It should not say "Project Map" as this does not describe the project location to a blind user.

Thumbnail of project map - 185 x 185 pixels

Request a Project Map

To request a project map, e-mail Diana Lessard and cc Connie Rus.

Steps for Creating Project Maps in Photoshop

Note: These steps are for those making maps that are familiar with Photoshop.

Not familiar with Photoshop? Call Bruce Ikenberry at 7713 or e-mail ikenbeb@wsdot.wa.gov. Send your map request to Diana Lessard and cc Connie Rus.

Use the pen tool to draw paths for roadways and rivers. Use 4 stroke for major freeways and 2 stroke for less important roadways. Use a 2 stroke on rivers also. To make bodies of water, e.g. lakes, make paths on land layer, turn into selection, and delete to see bodies of water (layer below land layer is water layer and will show through).

Making a Road or River

  1. Make a new layer.
  2. Choose the proper color according to the standards.
  3. Choose a brush size (use hard-edged brush - 2 or 4 depending on importance of road).
  4. Select the pen tool.
  5. Draw the path for your road or river.
  6. Double click to end the path.
  7. Go to Paths palette and double click on the path to name it.
  8. Right click (Control click on Mac) on path name and select Stroke Path.
  9. The Stroke Path dialog box comes up, and if it isn’t already selected, select brush and your path will be stroked with the previously set brush size from Step 3 and the color previously selected in Step 2.
  10. Click anywhere below the Path name to deselect the path.

Project Designation Line and Dots

Stroke the line for the project designation with a stroke of 5 with a large orange dot at the beginning and at the end of the orange line. The orange dot is included in the Project Map Photoshop file. Do not alter its size.

City Dot

This gray dot is to be used with City Names and is included in the Project Map Photoshop file.

Cropping Final Map

When cropping the final map be sure to crop up from the bottom and be careful not to crop out part of the black border that goes around the map.

Roadway Shields

The shields are all included in the Project Map Photoshop file with the font and size of the associated number there also. Make copies of each as need (shield and number). The number font and size is set to standards and already centered within the shields. Double click on the appropriate number layer in the layers palette and it will be selected. Simply key in the new number and it will automatically center on the shield.

City Names, Road Names, County Names, Major Areas

These are also included in the Project Map Photoshop file and are already preset as to size and font. Make copies as needed.

Additional Mapping Needs

Need a type of map you don't see here? Contact Bruce Ikenberry Web Team Graphics Czar at 360.705.7713.

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