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While creating a tourism map for a chamber of commerce, the client wanted the terrain to look more "fun" and "touristy," whatever that meant. I used the Topaz Simplify filter (link here) to make the terrain more "cartoony" and the client loved it (the terrain was created in Natural Scene Designer Pro 5). I used the "BuzzSim" preset, and was done in about 5 seconds. This works really well for projects that need a painted or illustrated look instead of a higher degree of realism. Here are before and after images:Attached File  terrain.jpg   63.23KB   216 downloads
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Cool. I've attempted similar looks with the water color filter (with less pleasing results).

I notice you have very nice river tapers in your map. Any chance you'd like to do a write up on your work flow for this? In a new thread of course. I'm working on major watershed atlas and have tried in vain to get my custom brushes to work properly on the river line work... I always end up with tapered lines that twist and pinch at the river bends instead of uniformly tapering from one end to the other.

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I always end up with tapered lines that twist and pinch at the river bends instead of uniformly tapering from one end to the other.

David

To avoid the overlap problem you have to change an attribute. When you create the object in Illustrator that will become your tapered brush, you have to select it and open the Attributes panel and click the tiny icon that says "Non-zero winding rule" and then add it as a brush.

To update your current brushes, drag them to an empty area, apply the attribute than alt/option drag it back onto the same brush.

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Before (notice white gaps):
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Aaaa aaaaaaah (sound of angels singing, light streams down from above)... thanks Nick! I've been on Illustrator for over a decade and never needed that function, had no idea it existed. I'll give the new brushes a try tonight. Sorry for the thread-jack jessz.

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Oh wow, thanks Jessz for posting that.
I was wishing for something like this at the very moment I checked out Cartotalk today!
I just downloaded the trial version and will start playing around with it.
Thanks again
Jean-Louis Rheault
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Anyone know a good tutorial to create such a brush? I'm not very familiar with it in Illustrator.

Thanks!!

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Anyone know a good tutorial to create such a brush? I'm not very familiar with it in Illustrator.

Thanks!!



There are a few tutorials online, just Google "Illustrator tapered brush".

Here's one of the better ones:
http://veerle.duoh.c...in_illustrator/

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Anyone know a good tutorial to create such a brush? I'm not very familiar with it in Illustrator.

Thanks!!



There are a few tutorials online, just Google "Illustrator tapered brush".

Here's one of the better ones:
http://veerle.duoh.c...in_illustrator/


I'm a fan of Veerle's blog... I didn't saw that post before. Thanks!!

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Nick that didn't solve my problem. I posted a new topic on this technique here. Take a look and see if you can figure out what I'm doing wrong.

Thanks,
Dave

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