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Road Maps in Illustrator

    ●   Create a brush that looks like a road and apply the brush to a stroke using the Pencil Tool.

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  •   This tutorial is part of a series:

  ●   153-map-template-ai.htm   ●   150-road-maps-ai.htm   ●   274-coastline-brush-ai.htm
  ●   180-image-trace-symbols-ai.htm    ●   158_border_Ps.htm    ●   320-map-text-ai.htm

  •   This tutorial is part of the What in the World? Project.

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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~

Open YOUR MAP in Illustrator from this tutorial …




… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… make a New Layer and lock lock your other layers.

new layer

Step #2: Line Tool ~

Get the Line Segment Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (\) …

line tool

… and, holding Shift to keep it straight, draw a short line outside your design somewhere.

Step #3: Zoom In ~

If necessary, get the Zoom Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (z) …


… and draw a square around the object to zoom in on that specific part.

Step #4: Duplicate the Line ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

selection tool

… holding Alt - duplicate the line and drag it down a little.

Step #5: 3rd Line ~

Duplicate a 3rd line in between …

… and change the middle color to white.

Step #6: New Brush ~

Open the Brushes palette …

brushes palette

… select all of your strokes with the Selection Tool

… drag them into the brushes window …

… and select Art Brush.

Step #7: Art Brush Options ~

In the next dialog box, set your Colorization Method to Tints and Shades:

Step #8: Draw Roads ~

Turn the layer visibility off so you can see your template and draw some roads with the Pencil Tool on your new layer …

… with the line selected, click the new brush.

Step #8: Circles ~

Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… and draw a circle with different stroke and fill colors …

… where the little towns and road junctions would be.

Step #9: Continue ~

Continue outlinging the lakes and rivers and towns, everything you need - remember - you must have at least 3 tourist attractions listed on your map…

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as -]

save as

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.

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