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Backgrounds for "Old School" Style Maps

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This collection of three hand-drawn map backgrounds is intended to add an “Old School” feel to any hand-drawn or computer generated map without resorting to the tedious work of drawing it yourself.  Each background is a fifteen inch square, 300 DPI transparent Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file. 

I’ve done the work of scanning and manipulating these graphics to give you a seamless tile that is ready to work with in your favorite graphics program to create maps of any size.  These files will save you many hours of background drawing so you can focus and spend more time creating your maps.

October 2018 Request:

If you would like to purchase this product for use in commerical maps you may do so, but you may not resell or give away the stipples and crosshatching themselves.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit

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Anne T October 30, 2018 2:25 pm UTC
Hello there! Will these/could these backgrounds be made available for commercial use under a license similar to that of your other product, Stippling Dots and Cross-Hatching for Maps ( ?
That would be much appreciated!

P.S. You may want to add the author or artist tag to this product page, so it's searchable another way.
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Christopher S October 31, 2018 12:29 am UTC
Sure thing...updated the description.
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Anne T October 31, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Thank you kindly!
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April 25, 2012
This title was added to our catalog on April 25, 2012.