NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum


I am working on a design/art project by which I seek to distort a map of a certain location by modifying, adding fictional attributes by which api renders a map; street, objects, boundaries?

How could I do that ? Thank you, Lukas

This question is marked "community wiki".

asked 04 Mar '13, 16:38

lukasvaliauga's gravatar image

accept rate: 0%


Sorry, your question is not very clear. Do you want to draw a fantasy map of some location? Do you want to use real data for a location and make a crazy map (with different colors)?

(04 Mar '13, 20:21) gormo

(guessing a bit here, because as gormo says the question's not completely clear), but I suspect that you'll need to do the following:

  1. Download some data from OSM.
  2. Edit that data locally using JOSM.
  3. Render it locally (make a pretty picture from the raw data).

Obviously it's important that you DON'T upload something that doesn't exist back to OSM, but as long as you don't do that, you can edit away to your heart's content.

For a brief introduction to how OSM data is structured, I'd start here. The most used OSM offline editor is JOSM. It allows you to edit your local data and overlay the results over different background imagery, so you can compare your "imaginary" places to the real ones.

There are several rendering options, one of which is Maperitive. Even if it isn't ideal for you, searching this site for Maperitive will get you a list of answers to previous "how do I render my data" questions.

permanent link

answered 04 Mar '13, 21:33

SomeoneElse's gravatar image

SomeoneElse ♦
accept rate: 16%

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text]( "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported

Question tags:


question asked: 04 Mar '13, 16:38

question was seen: 3,205 times

last updated: 04 Mar '13, 21:33

NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum