Join William Everhart for an in-depth discussion in this video Using graphic styles, part of Creating a Map with Illustrator.
Now that we've defined the look of our various road types, it's time to apply those appearances to the rest of our roads. Changing the look of a multitude of paths like our roads can be a very tedious operation. Let's take a look at how to automate the application of appearances using graphic styles to make the process much faster and easier. In the lower right hand corner here with my Appearance panel, I have nested the Graphic Styles panel. I'm going to separate this panel from the Appearance panel for just a moment.
Next, I will target my interstate road. Now this appearance I would like to copy onto the other interstate roads. Well I could mimic these styles here using the Appearance panel, but as I said that would be a lot of work. It would be easier just to convert this appearance into a simple graphic style. With this path selected, I'll go to the Appearance panel. Select the top most item in the Appearance panel which would be the path and then in the Graphic Styles panel.
At the bottom, there is a New Graphic Style button. Once again, I'm going to use my shortcut of the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on a PC and click this button. This'll give me the graphic styles option. And I can name my graphic style. So, it's an interstate. Let's just call it Interstate. I'll tell it OK. And now we have a new graphic style. To apply this style, I simply choose another interstate.
So, let me zoom out. Well, here's another interstate path. I'll target that one. And here in the graphic styles panel, I will click on my new graphics style of interstate. Hit Update and there is my path styled just like my first path. One more to go. I'll select it. And then target it here in the Graphics Styles panel. Now, the same process goes for the other road types.
First, I select the source road. So, let me zoom in here, and I will choose my highway road. Once again, here in the Appearance panel, I'm going to make sure that I'm going to make sure that that top level item, the path is targeted. Here at the bottom of the Graphic Styles panel, I will hold down my Option or Alt key and click on the New Graphic Style button and then give this one a name. One last appearance to go. So I'll slide over here and grab my local road.
Once again just verifying the Appearance panel that the path is targeted and Option or Alt click the New Graphic Style button. I'm going to zoom out and I want to show you yet another way to very quickly apply these graphic styles. I'm going to slide my Graphics Style Panel out of the way here for just a moment. I'll put him back down here with the appearance panel. And if I look in my Layers panel.
So now I want to apply the same styling to all of my local roads. To the extreme right hand side of the Layers panel, you'll note that I have this path selected so there is a little black box. It just indicates that something is selected. Well if I click on that small black box, you'll see that it selects all of the paths on that layer. So I can very quickly target all of the paths on this particular layer and choose the graphic style of Local.
And apply the same styling to all of those paths. I'll do the same for the interstate. I simply click in this area to the far right and apply the Interstate style. And I'll do the same for the highways. Click in this little blank area here. And that selects all of those roads and apply my style. I'll de-select so we can see all of it. And there we have it, all of our roads are styled.
Graphic styles give you the flexibility of text styles for your vector graphics. Using the technique described here, we certainly see applying and updating the look of your maps to be much more efficient.
- 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