This tutorial is intended to demonstrate how I create topographical representations of existing city areas or... even imaginary ones, using any paint program or image editing program, preferably one that supports layers, to create a "height map" for import into the "Cities XXL Map Editor".
Keep in mind that a "height map" is only one of the first steps, required to create a modded map's patch file.
There is always, of course, Google Mapping but here are some other topographic map resources. Or maybe you know of a good resource you would like to share.
National Library of Australia
NLA Home | National Library of Australia
British Columbia Topographic Maps Online
Free British Columbia Topographic Maps Online
University of Texas Libraries
Topographic Maps - Perry-Castañeda Map Collection - UT Library Online
U.S. Geological Survey
USGS.gov | Science for a changing world
Vidiani Maps of the World
Vidiani.com | Maps of all countries in one place, administrative and road maps, physical and topographical maps, GPS maps and other maps of the World
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Tutorial Map Making: Part 2 .
Create “height maps” with only an image editing program.