I'm in the process of designing an old map (18th or 19th century) and I would like it to look worn out. But then I was wondering where it should be more damaged. I would prefer to avoid damaging the map randomly. The map would be folded, so I expect to have signs of wear (cracks) where it folds.

Where here else should the map be damaged?

More information:

  • It was used as a reference document, probably in a library.
  • It was not burned or affected by water, except for ambient humidity.
  • The copy I'm making is made in Photoshop.

Examples, even if it's not a map:

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    $\begingroup$ Related question on RPG.SE: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/47859/… $\endgroup$ – Ilmari Karonen Mar 8 '15 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ There are several in collections such as this - bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/webres/scanned - but the survivors will tend to be ones which wheren't treated so badly. $\endgroup$ – Pete Kirkham Mar 8 '15 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ I tend to draw mine by hand, then cook them in the oven for a while, on a tray. $\endgroup$ – Serban Tanasa Mar 9 '15 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ Are you trying to make a physical map or a digital one? $\endgroup$ – James Mar 10 '15 at 18:01
  • $\begingroup$ @James Its digital. $\endgroup$ – Vincent Mar 10 '15 at 18:37

I'd expect most damage

  • At the borders: Damage mostly of the paper.
  • At the folding lines: Damage both of the paper and of the ink.
  • At places where you're likely to hold (maybe just take a paper of an appropriate size, hold it as if you were studying it, and watch where you touch it): Damage of the ink (basically the ink getting weaker, possibly blurred or even locally removed due to finger sweat).
  • At places of special interest: Damage of the ink (because people often go with their fingers over the map at those places).

Moreover, the ink itself may not be very stable; if the map uses different colours, the different inks may have different resistance to sweat, as well as different stability over time. So a particular colour may be almost invisible while another colour is still very good preserved.


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