Coastline Brush for Maps in Illustrator
● Create a brush that looks like a coasline and apply it to the outline of your map.
✓ Line Tool✓ Blend Options ✓ Brushes
✓ Drop Shadow ✓ Mesh Tool✓ Appearance Panel
• 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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Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR MAP in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make another New Layer and lock your other layers.
Step #2: Line Segment Tool ~
✓ Grab the Line Segment Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (\)…
✓ … and, holding to keep it perfectly straight, drag a short line in an empty area somewhere outside your artboard.
Step #3: Color ~
✓ Change the color of the line, blue for ocean but use whatever color you need …
✓ … just make sure the Fill is set to OFF !
Step #4: Duplicate the line~
✓ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✓ … and, holding , make a copy of the line.
Step #5: Transparency ~
✓ Select the top line …
✓ … click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency …
✓ … and lower the Transparency to zero.
Step #6: Select Both Lines ~
✓ Select both lines with the Selection Tool and to to: Object > Blend > Blend Options and select Specified Steps…
✓ … then go to: Object > Blend > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut:
Alt (⌥)/Option + Cmd(⌘) + B…
Step #7: Brushes ~
✓ Now open the Brushes panel …
✓ … drag the lines into the Brushes panel.
✓ Be sure to select New Pattern Brush!
Step #8: Stroke the Path ~
✓ Select Tints in the color area …
✓ … and lower the scale to approximately 15 to 25 percent.
✓ Now you now have a new brush!
Step #9: Apply the Brush ~
✓ Find the layer you have your map and click on it …
✓ … and apply the brush to the stroke
Step #10: Appearance Panel ~
✓ With the shape still selected go the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance) …
✓ … and move the Fill layer ABOVE the Stroke layer.
Step #11: Effects ~
✓ Now go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and apply a drop shadow to your map.
Step #12: Rectangle Tool ~
✓ Make ANOTHER New Layer and drag it to the bottom.
Step #13: Rectangle Tool ~
✓ Get the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (m) …
✓ … and drag a rectangle behind your map.
Step #14: Mesh Tool ~
✓ Now get the Mesh Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (u) …
✓ … and click somewhere on the shape.
Step #15: Change the Color ~
✓ Now Lighten the color by Double-Clicking on the fill color.
Step #16: Keep Going All Around ~
✓ Lighten AND Darken the colors all over.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ 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.