…was the line that kept going through my head this weekend as I did the rubber sheeting project. Nothing in Prof. P’s class is ever easy for me (well, Photoshop was kinda easy, but only because I’ve worked with that for a decade) so I threw myself into this project hoping it would only take me 15 hours to complete.
21/2 hours later, when I FINISHED the project I sat at the computer dumbfounded. No way could Natural Scene Designer be this easy. I found my DEM on USGS relatively easily (thank you Natural Scene Designer user guide) and imported it into NSD. I then proceeded to mess around with the feature. I flooded areas of the map that were bodies of water, added some trees and bushes, and even through in some hills. All good fun. In fact, I was babysitting all weekend and the little girls I was watching were fascinated with the tree maker…so I let then throw in a few themselves…hence the few random trees in random places on the map.
After having enough of the trees and bushes, I went in search of the overlay. Only issue of the whole project-finding the DRG to do the overlay with. NSD’s user guide makes some recommendations on where you can get DRGs or GOTOPOs, but I just got caught in the no-mans-land of USGS. I finally wound up on a site called MapMart, which claimed to be a partner with USGS. Now I’m not entirly sure that’s true, but I found the DRG Tiff I wanted, so I gave the site a whirl (and $15.00). I imported the overlay, and then came the shocked silence. Holy shit…it worked…the first time!
I did have a few additional little problems I need to continue working on though. I can’t get the elevation lines to go away, which was the main source of my frustration for a number of hours on Monday night. My resolution isn’t terrific either, and I’m not real sure where I went wrong with that. Possibly downloaded the wrong file??? NSD kept reccommending 24 K files, but you can’t believe everything you read. Regardless, by the end of Dancing with the Stars I felt like I got the basics, so I’m done with mapping tonight!