I am trying to find a way to get this type of motif for a map that i want to do for downtown sacramento. the color scheme in this map(which i scanned from a magazine for this particular conference) is something I see quite a lot for "touristy" type of maps. the colors have a "soft" gradient and the symbology is very basic, or easy for people to find their way around. i have a feeling for this type of maps, the colors are done by hand and just copied at the printer.
Considering I'm an ESRI user, this type of functionality is too hard to do, and I know a lot of you guys are big on Illy/manifold.
my point is, what kind of skills/workflow/ and time would it take to accomplish something like this? this is just for my own personal skill and enrichment, because i want to make some really cool looking maps. I love ARCGIS, but it seems like either it's limiting me or i'm not pushing ARCView to the limit. is this only done in Illy/manifold?
thx a lot guys