We recently came across the site, www.freevectormpas.com that offers beautiful, detailed maps for designers. You can get maps for specific states, countries, or entire continents & regions for free (with attribution). If you want to skip the attribution, just pay $5.
This is a handy resource for travel slideshows and historical documentary shows. Just search for the state, country or region you’re after and you’ll get a ton of great results.
Ideas for using maps in your video slideshows:
- For basic users, a little bit of simple zoom action on a map does wonders for a vacation or travel show introduction. No advanced stuff needed.
- To get a little more advanced, try using a solid color state or country map as a mask or background layer to form a contained shape area for text or photos.
- For advanced users, you can create the growing flight-path effect from one map marker to the next using either masking or layer transitions.