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Looking for advice on where to find Illustrator training for cartography (preferably in Canada, or online).  Experience/knowledge of Illustrator is the one thing sorely missing on my resume, and something I feel I need to pursue a career in cartography.  I am a GIS specialist, but my education has almost exclusively revolved around ESRI products and various remote sensing software.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

 

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Hi Rick,
 
Take a look at the links on my About page. There's a link to an Illustrator Pen tool exercise and another to a PDF with some notes on taking data out of ArcGIS and into Illustrator.
 
http://www.mapbliss....Cart/About.html
 
Other than that, I'd suggest just getting familiar with Illustrator in general and not focusing on special cartographic use, at least initially. You need to become proficient at using the pen tool, the selection tools, playing with colors in the color palette, setting up layers (similar to ArGIS). You'll eventually want to learn to make your own swatches, and a symbol library. Knowing how to place and scale images and use some of the special effects functions like drop shadows, feathering, or transparency.

 

After the basic pen tool exercise from my site, I'd suggest placing a simple map scan or image in an empty AI doc and recreating it by tracing line work into new layers and setting line styles.

 

Good luck!


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Thank you very much for that advice, David!  That sounds like a great start, indeed.

 

I see that CS2 is freeware (http://www.techspot....r-cs2-free.html) and am wondering if this would be adequate for doing what you suggest.  Would this be a good place to start, or should I invest in a newer version like CS6?



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Can't beat free I guess! I think CS2 is ok for learning the basics and should work with that AI exercise, but if not let me know and I can save a copy as an older format for you.

 

FYI, CS6 is probably the last free standing version of Illsutrator you'll legally be able to get your hands on as Adobe has switched to a Software-As-Service (or susbscription) model which could make indiviudally owning the software too expensive for non commercial work.

 

I think it's a terrible Idea but don't hold out much hope that they'll switch back.


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Ya... I see CS6 selling on Amazon for $600!  Little too rich for my blood haha... CS2 will have to do for now!  While I guess it won't have the same functionality... it should be good enough to learn the basics at least.  Perhaps then I can at least put "knowledge of Adobe Illustrator" on my resume without being a fraud :)  Thanks again for your help, David.



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Ya... I see CS6 selling on Amazon for $600!  Little too rich for my blood haha... CS2 will have to do for now!  While I guess it won't have the same functionality... it should be good enough to learn the basics at least.  Perhaps then I can at least put "knowledge of Adobe Illustrator" on my resume without being a fraud :)  Thanks again for your help, David.

 

You can get CS 6 for half that if you happen to be a studetn anywhere, just a single extension course counts I beleive.

 

I learned on AI 9.0 or 10.0 (can't remember) and for the most part basic tools all work the same so you should be ok with CS2 to start. Learning Photoshop will help as well.


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Took at a look at your website.  You do some great work!  p.s.  time to update your "About Me" :)  Surely, you've finished your Masters by now!



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Took at a look at your website.  You do some great work!  p.s.  time to update your "About Me" :)  Surely, you've finished your Masters by now!

You'd think huh? ; )

 

No, still working on it as time permits, which is not often with a very full time job and two kids. Due to finish this Summer I hope.

 

I actually need to send something off to my advisor this week, thanks for the reminder!


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Hi Rick,

 

I'm Ryan, a sales rep at Avenza Systems Inc, and I had this thread sent to me as some of our products maybe of interest. We specialize in cartogrpahic software (plug-ins) for the Adobe Creative Suite called MAPublisher and Geographic Imager, allowing you to directly import a variety of GIS data while maintaining referencing and attributes as well as a variety of tools to make the cartographic process easier, and we often hold training classes throughout North America. If you happen to obtain a copy of Illustrator and are interested, please don't hesiate to contact us with any questions or for a two week evaluation and we would be happy to help.



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I agree with David that it's probably best to focus on learning Illustrator in general (I teach cartography on occasion, and I prefer my students to learn the software basics a bit before we get into mapping situations).

 

If you don't mind paying a bit, I highly recommend the tutorials on Lynda.com. I've made use of them for many software packages, and they are generally pretty great.



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Thanks Ryan and Daniel :)  

 

I'll definitely look into MAPublisher once I get the basics of Illustrator down :)  I hear those often go hand in hand in the cartographic world.  



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If you are interested with training in french, please visit our website : http://www.cartoexpert.com

 

Illustrator: http://www.cartoexpe...rtographes.html

 

Regards from Paris



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lynda.com would be a good training camp.



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Hi Rick,
 
Take a look at the links on my About page. There's a link to an Illustrator Pen tool exercise and another to a PDF with some notes on taking data out of ArcGIS and into Illustrator.
 
http://www.mapbliss....Cart/About.html
 
Other than that, I'd suggest just getting familiar with Illustrator in general and not focusing on special cartographic use, at least initially. You need to become proficient at using the pen tool, the selection tools, playing with colors in the color palette, setting up layers (similar to ArGIS). You'll eventually want to learn to make your own swatches, and a symbol library. Knowing how to place and scale images and use some of the special effects functions like drop shadows, feathering, or transparency.

 

After the basic pen tool exercise from my site, I'd suggest placing a simple map scan or image in an empty AI doc and recreating it by tracing line work into new layers and setting line styles.

 

Good luck!

 

Looks like the free CS2 is not free. Please review on this link http://www.forbes.co...tions-for-free/







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