View Full Version : Drawiing maps of colleges, towns, or anything else in gimp.

02-27-2011, 08:10 AM
I was wondering if there was any tutorials here to help me draw this:

It will be for a story that I will be working on later; I use gimp, and not photo-shop.

02-27-2011, 11:17 AM
I'm pretty sure that this was drawn by hand on paper. That being said, there aren't any tuts on this that I'm aware of - this isometric/architectural style is hard unless you know how to do it. All you need is simple practice in doing it...and lots of it as this is very technical. Draw it at least twice the size you want, if not 4 times bigger. Me, I would do it up in SketchUp then import the lines into Gimp then color it. It's time-consuming but it'll get you pretty close. We have a lot of information on isometric stuff here but no reals tuts to match this style.

02-27-2011, 11:18 AM
You can do something like in Google sketch up with some playing around. With GIMP, if you want an ISO view, you would likely have to hand draw it all yourself, so in this aspect, I am not quite sure what you question is...

As for Google sketch up, there are tons of pre created models, perhaps even some buildings you need if you are doing a specific university, plus you can change the angles at will which you can't do in GIMP/PS.

02-27-2011, 02:53 PM
I'd suggest inkscape to get the linework done, rather than gimp, as it supports isometric grids (which can have snap enabled). Colourng can be done in the Gimp quite easily.

-Rob A>

02-27-2011, 06:55 PM
Rob, are there any tutorial here for creating isometric grids in inkscape and then importing it gimp and coloring it gimp?

02-27-2011, 08:08 PM
Strictly speaking, that looks to be a trimetric projection, not isometric. (Both are examples of 'axonometric' projections.)

To set up an Axonometric grid, File->Document Properties->Grids, pick Axonometric from the drop down and click New. It defaults to an isometric grid, but you can adjust the angles to produce dimetric/trimetric grids (Roughly speaking, if the angles are 30, it's Isometric, if something else, but equal, it's Dimetric, if they are unequal, it's Trimetric.)

You can actually do the colouring in Inkscape if you want, but exporting for the GIMP is just a matter of File->Export to Bitmap.

02-28-2011, 09:09 AM
How about this: