Jump to content

 
Photo

ArcGIS to CorelDraw conversion

- - - - -

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1
signo

signo

    Newbie

  • Validated Member
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Location:Santiago de Compostela - A Coruña - Spain
  • Interests:GIS, Cartography, ESRI Software, web services, Triathlon
  • Spain

Hi!
I
have been trying to use my GIS data into Corel Draw exporting shp or
gdb files to AI or EPS and open this data in Corel but the process does
not work correctly.
some idea......clues...
Thank´s :ph34r:

#2
rudy

rudy

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 739 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Canada
  • Canada

A
couple of questions . . . what versions of the software are you using?
What specific issues are you having? Are you exporting any
transparencies or postscript fills?

#3
frax

frax

    Hall of Fame

  • Associate Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,301 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Stockholm, Sweden
  • Interests:music, hiking, friends, nature, photography, traveling. and maps!
  • Sweden

When
you are feeling things out and trying to establish a workflow - I would
start with something really simple, and then gradually escalate. Start
with some simple line features, without any decoration.
Hugo Ahlenius
Nordpil - custom maps and GIS
http://nordpil.com/
Twitter

#4
Martin Gamache

Martin Gamache

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Associate Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 980 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington DC
  • Interests:History of Topographic Cartography
    Topographic Mapping
    History of Relief Depiction
    Thematic Cartography
    Demographic Cartography
    Cartographic techniques, methods, and tools
    Orienteering
    Panoramic & Kite Photography
  • United States

Hugo's
dvice is good, also both Arcmap and Manifold's AI export generate a
series of clipping mask (too many IMO, especially for Manifold).
Depending on how Corel Draw handles such masks you may or may not be
succesful. this was a real problem for me when I used FH but I have not
used CD so.... If you have it available try to release the masks in
Illustrator first and save as a version of illustrator best compatible
with Draw.

#5
ELeFevre

ELeFevre

    Hall of Fame

  • Associate Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,049 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Louisville, Colorado USA
  • Interests:Cartography, musical instruments, reading, hiking, craft beer
  • United States

Try
exporting an .emf file from your GIS into Corel. This has worked for me
in the past when I had to use Corel. You will have to ungroup the .emf
once it is opened.



#6
Sonnet

Sonnet

    Newbie

  • Validated Member
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Location:Bonnyville, Alberta
  • Canada

When
you export your file from your GIS do it as and .eps you then can pick
your resolution, when importing the file in to Corel make sure the
Files of Type drop down menu is set a PS,PRN,ESP-PostScript
Interpreted. This process will give you will get vectors.

Good luck


#7
rmcculley

rmcculley

    Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPip
  • 38 posts
  • Location:Vermilion, Alberta, Canada
  • Canada

I've found that exporting to .ai and then importing the .ai file into CorelDRAW works fine.

#8
Derek Tonn

Derek Tonn

    Legendary Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 455 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Springfield, Minnesota, USA
  • United States

A related question to the initial one posed by signo:

When exporting into .ai (which has worked for me as well), one problem I am having is the "scale with image" functionality once the map graphic has been imported into Corel. Scale the map up, and the lines become very thin. Shrink the map down, and the roadways turn into one big, giant blob. I called my contact at ESRI, and he said it has something to do with "symbology" designated before the map graphics are exported out of ArcView. However, that type of information goes zooming right over my head :unsure: .....as my only use of ArcView (at the moment) is to figure out a way to get base data into .cdr/.ai so that I don't have to recreate all of those to-scale lines from scratch.

Any ideas? I'm also very curious to know where you all might recommend purchasing basic street and parcel-level data for locations within the United States...or if there are any third parties out there who will perform the conversion from ArcView to .ai/.cdr on behalf of organizations such as mine. I don't really want to get into the "GIS" business since there are so many talented people already working in the field! Rather, I simply want to be able to have AI/Corel and GIS files effectively "talk" to one another.

S.O.S. :)

Derek
Derek Tonn
Founder and CEO
mapformation, LLC

datonn@mapformation.com
http://www.mapformation.com

#9
Martin Gamache

Martin Gamache

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Associate Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 980 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington DC
  • Interests:History of Topographic Cartography
    Topographic Mapping
    History of Relief Depiction
    Thematic Cartography
    Demographic Cartography
    Cartographic techniques, methods, and tools
    Orienteering
    Panoramic & Kite Photography
  • United States

A related question to the initial one posed by signo:

When exporting into .ai (which has worked for me as well), one problem I am having is the "scale with image" functionality once the map graphic has been imported into Corel.  Scale the map up, and the lines become very thin.  Shrink the map down, and the roadways turn into one big, giant blob. 


<{POST_SNAPBACK}>



AFAIK this is an issue with CD. In illustrator you can choose whether to scale the artwork and have object line widths and symbol/font sizes scale as well which I find very useful. My workflow almost always results in artwork being exported at the desired final scale so it is a rrarely a huge problem for me. So youmay want to get around the problem by dealing with the scaling in illustrator before going into CD.

mg




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

-->