Coastal vignette - illustrator
Posted 02 October 2007 - 10:18 AM
With Outer Glow - it gets too much in bays, and too little at spits.
Posted 02 October 2007 - 12:30 PM
Posted 02 October 2007 - 02:26 PM
Why don't you do this in Photoshop rather than Illustrator?
i.e. copy the vector work in Illustrator and paste it direclty into Photoshop...fill the coastal shape with a white-fill and apply an outer-glow...save the file as a PSD and place/link it back into the illy document (making updates a cinch). I avoid live raster effects in Illy whenever I can.
Posted 02 October 2007 - 02:57 PM
Doing this creates a depth gradient that works well with a coast with estuaries and polygon rivers that meet the coast.
You can use this technique for subtle, close to shore, effect or for entire open water depth gradient.
Posted 02 October 2007 - 06:00 PM
Posted 03 October 2007 - 12:05 AM
Posted 03 October 2007 - 12:59 AM
I've used that approach too, but for a coastline that doubles back on itself as happens with a bay or peninsula, it has resulted in some really strange non-smooth singularities.
True enough; that can be a problem. That is why the leader line (the one starting from the coast) must be drawn by hand so as to fix those problems.
Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:14 AM
Erin, I was just thinking to myself about this when jogging this morning - why not do this in Photoshop instead of Illy, since it is so much easier/obvious to get it the way I want there (for me at least!). I am bringing in other layers from Photoshop anyways, so it would be easy for me to do.
going to Photoshop takes a little more time, but i think it will yield some better results. this was a project I did about 4 years ago and I used Photoshop for the vignettes and then brought it back into Illustrator to do the vector work.
Posted 03 October 2007 - 11:50 AM
Posted 03 October 2007 - 03:28 PM
Posted 15 December 2007 - 10:20 PM
CorelDraw (which I rarely use now) has a contour feature since at least version 7 that would allow you to do in one step what it takes Illustrator to do in many steps. If you're dealing with just one or two water features, using the Path > Offset Path tool isn't too bad. It gets to be a problem if you need to do it for many lakes (10 offsets per object x 100 objects gets a little time consuming - anyone written a script for this?).
Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:42 AM
I know this is relatively easy in Photoshop but I want to be able to do this in Illustrator.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:18 AM
Also in CS2 and CS3 you can use Effects > Stylize > Inner Glow...
This essentially creates an internal raster image that is linked to your vector graphic. I have been using this and Outer Glow a lot within Illustrator and it saves a lot of time going back and forth to Photoshop.
Make sure you check Effects > Document Raster Effects Settings before you go to press. I usually leave it on 72dpi until I am done to speed up redraw.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:20 AM
Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:26 AM
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