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This tutorial looks at the process of exporting GIS shapefile linework from various sources from QGIS to Illustrator. Once in Illustrator, this tutorial covers layer management, stroke and fill settings, and editing linework. This process is used to quickly create detailed and accurate vector base maps for analysis and context mapping and diagramming.

This tutorial covers export options from QGIS to DXF format. Troubleshoots potential problems and provides work around in case export fails. This process comes in handy when needing to edit or manipulate linework in a program outside of GIS. Once in DXF format, data can be plotted to PDF or saved as DWG which can be read by other programs such as SketchUp.