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Last update:
15/11/2006

COLORS FROM GRAY SHADED RELIEF

The production of colored shaded relief is possible by combining a series of printing plates containing different colored inks. A single shaded relief (usually drawn in gray) is the starting point for photo mechanically producing multiple printing plates.

Gray plate Gray color in map

Plate in blue-gray of medium strength for the main tone of the relief shading.

Purple plate Purple color in map

Gray-violet plate as a supplementary relief shading tone.

Light blue plate Light blue color in map

Light blue plate for hypsometric tints to reinforce shaded slopes and for lake surfaces.

Yellow plate Yellow color in map

Yellow plate for ground and light toning.

Pale pink plate Pale pink in map

Extremely pale pink plate for rocks and high regions.

Five different color plates for the school map of the Canton of Grisons derived from a single gray-scale relief shading. From "Cartogaphic Relief Presentation" by E. Imhof (1982).

The combination of multiple printing plates in different colors creates a unique map that is known as the "Swiss style".

Canton of Grisons (section) without linear elements by E. Imhof Canton of Grisons (section) with linear elements by E. Imhof

Section of the school map of the Canton of Grisons - with and without linear elements and rock drawing. Example of a "Swiss style"-map. From "Cartogaphic Relief Presentation" by E. Imhof (1982).

Colors
Hypsometric
Thematic
Natural
Yellow Tone
From Gray Relief
Artistic