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How do I draw routes on a photo on my computer?

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Aidan Maguire · · Placerville, CA · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 543

What is the best way to accurately draw dotted lines to represent routes on photos on my computer? 

Stylus pen/light pen?

Adobe Illustrator?


Cherokee Nunes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2015 · Points: 0


Alex Morano · · Colorado · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 1,139

Mountain project lets you add topo data when you upload a picture. If you are trying to make it for private use, a stylus and the Microsoft paint works well for sharing a pdf with a couple buddies.

Dr Illogical · · Cody · Joined Sep 2023 · Points: 0

I use illustrator, but wouldn't recommend it for someone not used to Adobe creative products. Paint would work. Probably half a dozen free online tools like Canva that would work. 

curt86iroc · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 274

you need to do it in good style, bottom up...none of that top down shit.

pixel by pixel...

this is the purest style

Camdon Kay · · Idaho · Joined Mar 2021 · Points: 2,641

I use Gimp. Free photoshop, basically 

Ricky Harline · · Angel's Camp, CA · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 142 works well for me. 

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65

As you can see from at least 4 responses, any photo/image editor. Or the Sharpie approach (print photo, draw lines, photograph photo, upload, profit!) Well, maybe not that last point.

Kent Pease · · Littleton, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 955

I copy and paste (using the snipping tool) into an Excell spreadsheet. In Excell there's a wide range of line types and features (also shapes and symbols) to choose from. Excell allows you to easily move portions of lines after drawing them, so it's not a one shot attempt. Word and PowerPoint have the same capability but their "canvas" size is set which can be annoying in some situations.

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