I have been working on a small project developing a map for an area of farmlands and grasslands in the San Joaquin Valley in California. The area presents a unique cartographic challenge, as the landscape is generally very flat with small hills to the east. Developing visually appealing shaded reliefs for landscapes with relatively minor elevation changes can be somewhat difficult. To overcome this challenge, I built up a color ramp in Photoshop using multiple layers, each individually altered. Texture was developed using a curvature layer. Croplands, water features, and structures were digitized using imagery from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP).
The map was developed using ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, and Adobe Photoshop.
Please note that certain features and labels have been removed and titles have been changed to protect the privacy of landowners in this area.