WidowMakers wrote:Hey oak. Just wanted to let you know I came up with a great way to do vector roads in Photoshop. Since you are doing this map I thought you might want to know. I can send you a psd file with the layer.
basically it is a vector path with text applied to it. Wherever the path goes, the text follows. I used a webdings font "circle" character and made it 2 font size with a very close leading. It simulates a vector line in illustrator but for photoshop. Once it is setup you just add control points to teh lien and move it around with teh pen tool. Once you get teh hang of it it is very easy to use and edit. Plus it gives a much cleaner look.
Let me know. It is how I am doing all the roads and interstates in US map pack.
Don't listen to WM here, it's crazy confusing. Just use the free form pen tool and adjust your tolerance. Stroke it when you are satisfied.
Is it crazy confusing or PURE GENIUS???
The problem is mibi, when you stoke a free form line, the stroke is still not a vector based line.
By adding text to the line you can:
1) adjust adjust the line and see the results in real time.
2) Less work making adjustments after the initial line is set
3) Mess with the thickness without having to re-stroke the line to see.
4) Adjust the spacing of the characters and make vector based dotted lines. Again no need to jsut edit the spacing on the paint brush tool anymore.
I am going to post an image and PSD anyway mibi.
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on Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:22 am, edited 1 time in total.