Creating a Map with Illustrator

with William Everhart
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Creating a Map with Illustrator
Video duration: 0s 2h 48m Intermediate


Learn to create a custom map that provides clean and accurate directions and points out the landmarks you want to highlight. In this course, William Everhart shows how to build a road map in Adobe Illustrator, which you can then print or embed on a website. Discover how to obtain a source image; trace the map; draw and style different roads, landmarks, and basic geographic features; and label your map with type and symbols. Finally, learn to add turn-by-turn directions and prepare your map for print or sharing online.

Topics include:
  • Understanding different types of maps
  • Extracting a map from an online source
  • Sketching out a map
  • Creating a tracing template
  • Drawing major and minor roadways
  • Using graphic styles
  • Creating train tracks
  • Drawing bodies of water, parks, and other landmarks
  • Labeling roads
  • Adding a map legend
  • Saving for print
  • Sharing a map online


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm William Everhart, and I would like to welcome you to creating maps with Adobe Illustrator. In this course, I'm going to take you through a typical workflow for creating a road map. Some of the topics we will cover include, how to select a source image to base your map on, building a document layer structure for efficiency and organization, how to illustrate and stylize roads, landmarks and topographical features, creating a legend for your map, adding turn-by-turn directions in a highlighted route, exporting your map for professional printing, or web use.

So join me, won't you, on this journey of discovery? One thing's for sure, we won't get lost!

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