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Adobe Illustrator for Cartographers

Course Summary

Learn to Use Adobe Illustrator to Create High-Quality Publication-Ready Maps

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    Course Syllabus

    • Introduction
      • Course Introduction
    • Getting Started
      • Creating an Illustrator Project
      • Overview of the Interface
      • Resizing the Artboard
    • Beginning the Map
      • Drawing the Neat Line and Establishing the Margins
      • The Basic Manipulation of Layers and Objects
      • Drawing the Main Landmass
      • Attention to Detail: Cleaning Up the Map Frame
      • Organizing Colors with Color Swatches
    • Lines and Line Symbology
      • Creating Lines
      • Creating Basic Line Symbology
      • Setting Up Brushes for Line Symbols
      • Bonus: The Imus Geographic Time Zone Brush
      • Attention to Detail: Fixing the Railway Brush
      • Attention to Detail: Road Intersections
    • Point Symbology
      • Basic Point Symbology
      • Complex Point Symbology
      • Quick Tip: Drawing Triangles
      • Complex Point Symbols and 3D Shading
      • Organizing and Managing Point Symbology with Symbols
    • Area Symbology
      • Basic Area Symbology
      • Pitfalls with Transparent Area Symbols
      • More Pitfalls with Transparent Area Symbols
      • Hatching
      • Dot Pattern Fills
      • Complex Area Symbols
    • Gradient Transition for Shallow to Deep Water
      • Using the Blur Tool
    • Techniques for Flow Mapping
      • Creating Arrows for Flow Maps
      • Bezier Curves for Flow Maps
      • Creating Arrows with Pattern Brushes
    • Text
      • Text Basics
    • Techniques for Political Boundaries
      • Basic Political Boundaries
      • Advanced Political Boundaries
    • Scale
      • Creating a Scale Bar
    • Special Technique: Haloing
      • Haloing Symbols and Text
    • The Legend
      • Creating the Legend
    • Working with Scans and Pictures
      • Importing Scans and Pictures
      • Automating Vectorization
    • Finishing Up the Map
      • Drawing a North Arrow
      • Title and Finishing Touches
      • Exporting and Printing
    • Exporting from ArcGIS to Adobe Illustrator
      • Exporting from ArcMap
    • Course Conclusion
      • Wrapping Up the Course

Course Fee:
USD 99

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Course Status:



1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Digital Media & Games Community

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