Join Tony Harmer for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Drawing Simplified Maps in Illustrator.
- [Instructor] This is a course about creating simplified maps using Adobe Illustrator, rather than learning Illustrator itself. And if you're new to Illustrator or a bit rusty, perhaps have a look at one of my Essentials courses before tackling this one. The expectation here, for the best results for you is that you will know some basic drawing techniques at the very least and you'll understand and have some familiarity with the pen tool or the curvature pen tool, either of those will work.
You'll know your way around the layers panel. You got to identify which is the active layer and so when targeting parts of the layer, and you'll understand at least a basic level, appearances. A knowledge of symbols will be very useful, even if it is only static symbols. There are two varieties, but we'll be using dynamic symbols in the course, so it would be handy if you know about those. And something about masks and transparency in Illustrator would also be very useful.
It would be nice to know if you do, something about After Effects, you don't need to know too much, and something about InDesign. Those things would handy, but you will be able to get by the course by just watching those if you wanted to. You won't lose anything. They're kind of added on, the icing on the cake if you will.
- 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