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Howdy again mappers!

Here's a fine little 3D map illustration for a newly constructed car dealership in Bozeman, Montana. All in Adobe Photoshop. Finished it in about two weeks off and on. It's primarily used as their web site splash page and highlights their new facilities. They will also use it as a printed hand-out for customers. This actually was quite a challenge since the client opted not to go with an aerial photoshoot, plus there were no existing aerial references online. I asked the client to see if they could contact their architectural firm and produce a site plan and luckily they were able to secure one the next day. Client took a digital photograph of the blueprint, emailed it to me and then shot multiple ground photos and emailed those to me too. Very responsive client to provide those photos so quickly which helped with the turnaround time. I skewed the site plan in Photoshop into a 3D perspective and worked from the building footprints as my base reference.

We decided to NOT add a slew of vehicles in the parking lots after taking a look at one draft with all the different models, colors, and angles of cars/trucks. Having all that visual chaos really took away from the focus on the new contemporary facilities and the cleanliness of the property. Instead we opted for large text in perspective on the lots showing where certain models are located. We also "grew" the newly planted trees and other landscaping to show fuller vegetation. The logos on top of the buildings were an additional creative license type feature for marketing purposes and the 4 vehicles in the lower left corner act as the product branding showing top sales models. The black truck and white caddy I retouched from a digital ground shot on the lot whereas the red p/u and scion were authorized manufacturer supplied hi-res images.

All in all a very fun project and a great client contact in Donald Javing to work with. Client loves it and that's all that matters! My first car dealership under my belt and looks like more to come since other dealerships have already expressed interest. A very cool niche market!

Once I finalized the illustration I uploaded it to an FTP site and the dealership's web design firm took it from there to create the new home page. Check it out at:

Attached File  Ressler_Map.jpg   714.04KB   167 downloads

http://www.resslermo...wasp/splash.asp

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Not authorized to view the page :unsure:
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Not authorized to view the page :unsure:


okay, Hans try again. Should work now.

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Nice!

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Still nothing :(
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I got a message saying Hans was not authorized to view it (just kidding!).

Nice work! Obviously the dealership is not in southern California! Much too green. :lol:
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Hans and any others that are getting an unauthorized error here is a JPEG attachment:


Attached File  Ressler_Map.jpg   714.04KB   73 downloads

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Thanks Michael, looks awesome.

Minor nitpick: I get the impression the trees and lap posts along the front of the lot are the same height, yet their shadows are not.
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Thanks Michael, looks awesome.

Minor nitpick: I get the impression the trees and lap posts along the front of the lot are the same height, yet their shadows are not.



Hans, you have a damn good eye! Probably is off by a smidgen. ;)

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Excellent job! I was thinking that the text of the new/used cars could be more catching and less gray/muted. As it is, the buildings steal the show (very nice indeed though)!

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Hans, you have a damn good eye! Probably is off by a smidgen. ;)


Is that another one of your obscure imperial units? So how many smidgen's to an inch? ;)
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Hans, you have a damn good eye! Probably is off by a smidgen. ;)


Is that another one of your obscure imperial units? So how many smidgen's to an inch? ;)


A U.S. imperial manifest destiny "Karpovage" smidgen to an inch ratio consists of the predecessant transmogrification of the Adobe Photoshop measuring tool aspect bisected by the overall length of the casting shadow unit multiplied by the time of day using the ancient Egyptian calendar year and then applied to the quadratic formula using the new nationally secure Homeland Security Agency parameter of BS squared.

Then again, if you are in a rush you might just overlook that formula!

B)

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Aah, the tried and true "A U.S. imperial manifest destiny "Karpovage" smidgen to an inch ratio." Bailed us out of MANY a job over the years.... :D

Cartographers do also notice that the top of the map illustration is Southeast....not North! I'm surprised Michael hasn't gotten his skull cracked for that major gaff too. All the lay-persons get into the property just fine (from the main drive and the "front of the buildings"), but cartographers keep showing up at the rear of the property (back by all the used tires and beater used cars) for assuming that North has gotta be on top in order for the map illustration to make sense..lol.
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Aah, the tried and true "A U.S. imperial manifest destiny "Karpovage" smidgen to an inch ratio." Bailed us out of MANY a job over the years.... :D

Cartographers do also notice that the top of the map illustration is Southeast....not North! I'm surprised Michael hasn't gotten his skull cracked for that major gaff too. All the lay-persons get into the property just fine (from the main drive and the "front of the buildings"), but cartographers keep showing up at the rear of the property (back by all the used tires and beater used cars) for assuming that North has gotta be on top in order for the map illustration to make sense..lol.


Not a major gaff at all Master Tonn! LOL. We are selling cars and trucks and the curbside appeal. No one wants to see the ass-side of a concrete block building!!! The rear doesn't sell, err..... well, unless of course you're Jennifer Lopez!

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We are selling cars and trucks and the curbside appeal. No one wants to see the ass-side of a concrete block building!!!


But if North isn't on top and you haven't shared a scale with the end user, isn't it just a pretty picture (NOT a map)?! Next thing I know you won't even be sharing lat and long coordinates for the property in your address block....oh...wait... :P
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