i'm afraid i have to learn Adobe Illustrator
Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:42 PM
i'm doing a 1:25k hiking map, it has to look a bit like a kompass map in the end (see this sample: http://www.astro.phy....Hiking/map.jpg).
i can go near to my idea in arcgis, but transparencies and labeling are a pain in my poor old arse, which leads me to the decision of exporting the work to adobe illustrator at a later stage.
the problem is: i have never used adobe illustrator, and i can find no cartography-specific tutorials all over the internet.
so i am looking for some online tutorials or books that deal with transparencies, labeling, multiple layers, road symbols in adobe illustrator, and also something explaining how to export from arcmap to AI (one layer at a time? all layers at once? in which format? etc...).
any suggestions welcome... thank you
Posted 12 March 2010 - 01:28 AM
Regarding getting your data into Illustrator, there's a tool called MAPublisher which will allow you to import GIS data (shapefiles, geodatabases and so on) into Illustrator and work at scale and with attributes in Illustrator. Highly recommended.
As far as I know there's no dedicated tutorials for cartography in Illustrator online, but you can always ask your questions here. Also, I've been doing a 'Digital Cartography in Illustrator and MAPublisher' training course for 2 years now (taught in Dutch in The Netherlands though) and I've also done a set of training videos for MAPublisher. I've noticed several times that people use either of these as a way to start migrating from Arc to Illustrator/MAPublisher for map production.
Email: email@example.com / Twitter: @redgeographics
Posted 12 March 2010 - 10:38 AM
Posted 12 March 2010 - 10:54 AM
the link above downloads an Illustrator pen tool tutorial as an AI document. Once you have AI, open this file and follow the instructions... its good practice for basic drawing in Illy.
Other than that I'd suggest taking an Adobe class online or at a local JC. There's not much specific to say about cartography in Illy, the principles are more or less the same regardless of platform... learning Illustrator for cartography just means learning illustrator. Good luck, and do post questions here as this is the best place for tips and tricks on using Illy for map design.
GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.
Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:00 PM
i know about MAPublisher, but i'd like to make only some minor finishing on AI, most of the job will be done in arcmap, so i was planning to have the work *almost* done in arcmap, then export to AI level-by-level (or even level-attribute-by-level attribute!) and make some finishing such as text halos, transparencies or road intersections.
then i'll have the maps cropped, add cover, legend and things and export in some typography-friendly format.
i hope this won't be so difficult, even if my first encounters with AI have been quite frustrating...
Posted 13 March 2010 - 04:48 PM
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