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I have never really succeeded in replicating this effect. The first image is a land area in arcmap.
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The second image is the same area but has an artistic effect performed on it. Two thumbs straight up if anybody can decipher what effect is run in order to replicate this appearance.

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Fiddled with adding noise, gausian blurs, some embossing or shadows. Never quite got close enough though.
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Hard to see the exact effects in the thumbnails you posted, but I sense this is a 2 min effect:

Likely they imported the land polygons into a layer in Photoshop (copy from Illy, paste in PS), transparent background, RBG, 300dpi, then did the following:
- Pattern overlay / transparency
- Outerglow

Then export as PNG, linked to an Illy Layer.

The trick is to first ensure the land layer has the major waterbodies subtracted from it (can do this in GIS or Illy) - assuming you aren't drawing your own coastline and states.

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Hard to see the exact effects in the thumbnails you posted, but I sense this is a 2 min effect:

Likely they imported the land polygons into a layer in Photoshop (copy from Illy, paste in PS), transparent background, RBG, 300dpi, then did the following:
- Pattern overlay / transparency
- Outerglow

Then export as PNG, linked to an Illy Layer.

The trick is to first ensure the land layer has the major waterbodies subtracted from it (can do this in GIS or Illy) - assuming you aren't drawing your own coastline and states.


Thanks for the quick reply! I had actually been experimenting with patterns this morning also.

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In ArcGIS, go to the symbol property editor and choose Type=Marker Fill Symbol. Then click on the Random radio button. Then play with the colors. Here's one that I just did:

For this I just put the dataset on the project twice. The one underneath was a simple fill with RGB: 76,230, 0.
The one on top was a Marker Fill with separation of 8 and RGB of 76, 237, 0.

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It looks embossed to me, there is an emboss filter in PS, that would raise the land feature above the water and create a 3d look along the edge.

It's hard to see at this size though, maybe post a larger pic.

good luck

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I first thought it was a PS drop shadow in addition to a pattern filter - but after squinting really hard I would agree about the embossing. In the upper left corner you can see the telltale whitish glint.

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I first thought it was a PS drop shadow in addition to a pattern filter - but after squinting really hard I would agree about the embossing. In the upper left corner you can see the telltale whitish glint.


Yep, embossed it is.

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I have done the embossing in Illy as well, having offeset duplicates of the layers which I think trim using the pathfinders (one layer for the highlight bevel, and one layer for the shadow bevel). It works fine if the polygons are not too complicated, but it increases the path count quite a bit.

I guess one can do it in Arc as well, not sure how one would offset the polygons there though...

Also done it in PS, very easy to do there.
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