I am looking for a static maps API (similar to https://www.mapbox.com/developers/api/static/ ) that can serve the map without an underlying base layer. My intention is to generate images with the roads/labels layer on top of a custom base layer. Does such a thing exist? If not, what can I use to create it?


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Using the Google Static Maps API



Then use the z-index method to overlay you image (with transparency) example http://www.corelangs.com/css/box/ontop.html

Mock up Example: (needs refining) http://jsfiddle.net/yUbV9/146/

  • Excellent, thanks. I'm just going to give it a few days for other people to reply, and then I'll mark your post as the answer (so long as no one gives another one). Would you happen to know if I can query this with a lat/lng bounding box? Dec 18, 2015 at 15:56
  • I took a closer look at this and realized that its not actually transparent at all. If I was to overlay this on top of my data (which is essentially a heatmap over the united states), the white in that static map would lighten the result image. What I want is to be able to place roads and labels over my basemap without distorting the basemap or lightening it. Dec 18, 2015 at 16:14

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