Adobe Illustrator is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier vector drawing software, with many valuable design and mapping applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Intermediate Illustrator for Planners course, going into more detail on how the program can be used for logo design, map making and other uses. Adobe Illustrator is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier vector drawing software, with many valuable design and mapping applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Intermediate Illustrator for Planners course, going into more detail on how the program can be used for logo design, map making and other uses. Hear an overview of the topics that will be covered in this course, and how the tools learned are applicable in the field of planning. Actions are ways of speeding up commonly done tasks in Illustrator. Learn how to record, save and play Actions using the Actions Panel. The Live Trace feature in Illustrator allows you to import raster graphics and convert them into Vector Line art, using a number of different filters. Learn how this tool works and how to adjust the settings to fit your needs. Shape Builder is a new tool in Illustrator CS5 that allows you to quickly and easily create complex designs out of simpler shapes. Closely related to the Shape Builder tool are the Live Paint Bucket and Live Paint Selection Tools. Learn how these tools work and how they can make painting objects in Illustrator easier. Learn how to create clipping masks using any vector shape in Illustrator to precisely hide and reveal parts of your design. Scripting allows you to quickly do complex tasks in Illustrator. Learn how to install and run scripts, and use the plug-ins Scriptographer to create complex and interesting designs. Creating a logo and design identity for your planning project helps create a cohesive look, allowing the public to understand your plan as a unified process. See a quick overview of the main goals in creating a meaningful project identity, and why Illustrator can be the right tool for creating your logo. Knowing how to make legible and attractive maps is an essential part of planning. This video gives an overview of working with ESRI’s ArcMap and Illustrator, including details on how to choose when creating maps in Illustrator is the right choice to make. Learn how to properly set up your ArcMap document to export smoothly into Illustrator. See how to clean up your exported .AI files so they’re more usable. After you’ve completed your map, see how you can link either your exported image or PDF in an InDesign document, or link to your original .AI file to allow for quick and easy updating. Mike Ernst is an urban planner and designer whose work has focused on participatory planning, community outreach and innovative urban design through creative and engaging visual communication. Source.