Join Tony Harmer for an in-depth discussion in this video The Nimbling SSR plug-in, part of Drawing Simplified Maps in Illustrator.
- [Instructor] In chapter four, I talk about using isometric projection for buildings and other features to enhance a map, potentially. In truth, they're actually axonometric, but that's splitting hairs here, really. I use a plugin to do that work called the Nimbling SSR30 plugin, which you can get from the Adobe Exchange. And the URL is onscreen now. It's free, it's really easy to install and once it's there, you can get it from the Window menu and extensions.
If you can't get it for any reason and you have access to the exercise files, here are the directions to scale, shear, and rotate, that's what SSR stands for, an object to get it to project in this particular way. So for example, if I got a square here like so, and I scaled it vertically, so I'd use the scale tool here, tap S to get that, hit return, and then when the dialog is around, go vertical and set that to 86.602%.
So that scales that down. Then I'd get the shear tool and shear that by 30 degrees. And then the rotate tool, and I'd rotate that by minus 30 degrees, like so. And that would give me the top of this cube, for example. Now I'm just going to undo those three steps there, the scale, the shearing, and the rotation, and then simply click this button there.
So it makes it a lot, lot quicker to do that work. So if you can get ahold of it, then do so. If not, you can work through these directions, you can see them onscreen so you can copy them down if you don't have access to the exercise files.
- Understanding where your map will be used
- Finding reference material
- Using symbols and masks
- Drawing roads, rivers, buildings, and other landmarks
- Adding type
- Enhancing your map
- Adding interactivity and animation