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Often times in planning projects, a hand drawn, sketchy look is desirable in order to convey the preliminary nature of a project.

Is anyone aware of any utilities/plugins for desktop GIS software (ESRI, QGIS etc.) that enable the user to apply a hand drawn, sketchy look to feature symbology without modifying the geometry?

Here is a product called M-Color for AutoCAD that does the sort of thing that I am looking for but it is of course CAD centric:


This sort of thing can also be achieved in SketchUp using styles. The best solution would be one that would eliminate intermediate steps, allowing the user to stay in a single software environment and avoid any intermediate export/import steps.

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Sounds like a very useful plugin for Catrographic Representations. I hope there are some good suggestions! –  RyanDalton May 10 '12 at 14:55
Not a plugin, but could be used as a base layer in QGIS: the rather amazing watercolour renderings of OSM maps by Stamen design. I've been wanting a way do something like it directly in QGIS. –  Simbamangu May 10 '12 at 15:03
Wow! Thanks for the link to the watercolor rendering for OSM. I also like these OSM renderings - prettymaps.stamen.com –  Brent Edwards May 10 '12 at 15:09
This is a cool idea. Going to see how hard this would be to do in QGIS. –  Nathan W May 11 '12 at 14:30
I submitted the idea to ESRI - c.na1.visual.force.com/apex/ideaView?id=08730000000c0coAAA –  Brent Edwards May 16 '12 at 12:23

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there is vector action pack here for photoshop, maybe it works who want to convert their symbology to vector art....it is only $5.. there is video here, about how can use it..


i hope it helps you...

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Thanks for the link. Personally, I find these styles a bit too cartoon-like. Unfortunately, I do not have access to Photoshop/Illustrator. –  Brent Edwards May 16 '12 at 12:59

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