Watercolor Map design?
Posted 11 June 2008 - 03:39 AM
The budget does not permit hiring a real-live-authentic artist to do the job , so am wondering....
if anyone has a good example of a decent watercolor effect using Photoshop/Illy on a small scale map (US or World map).
Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:33 AM
Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:57 AM
I think you should look at Michael Regan's work. One would be able to make a somewhat decent looking copy by using a backdrop with some effects/photoshop painting/smudges and then do the rest of the work in Illy on top.
I will certainly try that. Yes, Regan has skill!! Thanks.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:01 AM
If you do make a watercolor-like map it would be cool if you could post an image of the result.
Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:08 PM
Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:20 PM
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:55 PM
Not in color, but I tried to get a watercolor-y "bleed" around the coastlines in this map. It was done with various combinations of filters in Photoshop, with vectors overlaid in Illustrator.
Oh I like that one a lot. Nice job!!
My client is thinking along the lines of this sort of work, which is hard to replicate digitally, but knowing the limitations, it should be doable for a small scale map.
Posted 11 June 2008 - 05:06 PM
Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:11 PM
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:36 AM
Here's an out there idea: How about using actual watercolors?! Don't get me wrong, watercolor painting takes incredible skill not just with the brush, but knowing how the paper will respond to the brush and pigment, so I don't want it to sound like I'm discounting any of the discipline that the medium requires. But if you're just looking for a simple color wash to add texture to the background, I'm sure a couple of paints and a half hour of experimentation would yield decent results. You could even simplify it to the point where you just do one wash in blue/green tones for water areas, and a separate wash in brown tones for land. Then scan those into the computer and get creative with your vector masks in Illustrator to separate them into their proper shapes.
I would try that but all my art stuff is packed for a big move.
Thanks for the idea! I was thinking to create a set of watercolor effects to use as backdrops, paint brushes for the oceans, etc.
Posted 12 June 2008 - 10:32 AM
No solutions here, mind you, just sayin'...
OK, one solution is to render the art in GIS/AI, and then bring it into Photoshop and redraw the whole thing (preferably with a tool like a tablet that gives you a sense of hand stroke). Seriously.
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 01:09 PM
Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:28 AM
I also did a project a couple years ago where the client wanted to present a one-of-a-kind world map to the retiring CEO who had made it a global corporation. I started with a clip-art outline map, added the cities where the company had operations, and then had the file plotted onto "watercolor" paper. A former employee, who was quite talented with watercolor, then added various washes to the oceans and land masses, giving very vague hints of depths and elevations (nothing much more than putting a cordillera along the Andes, etc.). She then glued small jeweled beads over the city dots.
Nice workflow there Denise. Especially printing on special paper.
I will be sure to post my finished product for all to see how a truly digital effect looks. Of course I will be hand tracing coastlines and borders here and there with brushes.
Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:41 AM
Unfortunately (or not) the company was bought out by Microsoft and they repackaged the program to work with rasters as well as their Expression Studio
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