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Creating 3D Maps Using Isometric Projection in Illustrator
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Released Aug 4, 2010
Eddie Russell

Pluralsight

Eddie Russell
In this series of lessons we will focus on creating 3D maps using isometric projection. We'll begin by learning what isometric projection is and how it differs from traditional linear perspective. From there we'll learn two different methods for creating isometric objects, one using a grid, and a second using the scale, shear and rotate tools in Illustrator. Along the way, we'll learn how to save time by incorporating actions into our workflow. Next, we'll jump in and begin designing a top down, two dimensional view of our map. From there, we'll learn what an orthographic drawing is and how it can help us to construct buildings on our map. We'll wrap things up by adding some final details to our map to really make it shine.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:06
Comparing linear perspective and isometric projection
2

Comparing linear perspective and isometric projection

 
05:20
Using an isometric grid to draw objects
3

Using an isometric grid to draw objects

 
10:10
Creating isometric objects using the scale, shear and rotate tools
4

Creating isometric objects using the scale, shear and rotate tools

 
13:49
Creating roads for our map
5

Creating roads for our map

 
11:13
Creating buildings for our map
6

Creating buildings for our map

 
09:41
Adding street names to our map
7

Adding street names to our map

 
09:56
Beginning to build the terrain for our map
8

Beginning to build the terrain for our map

 
09:54
Continuing to build the terrain for our map
9

Continuing to build the terrain for our map

 
12:44
Beginning to create buildings using orthographic drawings
10

Beginning to create buildings using orthographic drawings

 
13:28
Continuing to create buildings from orthographic drawings
11

Continuing to create buildings from orthographic drawings

 
12:07
Creating subterranean details for our map
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Creating subterranean details for our map

 
11:42
Additional finishing touches
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Additional finishing touches

 
12:29