Hard to explain. But: I am in the process of creating a stylized map of a small country in the North-West of Europe ;-)
So, basically, I want to create the picture on the right from the picture on the left:
Now, I've done this before and it can be done using Illustrators Pen tool, clicking point after point using SHIFT to force 45º angles.
But I wonder:
Can this be automated? Jazzy vector in, straight vector out
Is there any program offering any tool that allows me to do this while using a continuous drawing tool like Illustrators 'pencil' tool?
And, any help in re-formulating this question is also much appreciated :)
EDIT Thanks all for your elaborate answers! I can tell you spend quite some time in composing. But I notice I did not phrase my question question clearly enough. Yes, I can use the pen-tool-with-shift in AI or a grid, in Inkscape. But what I would like to is to draw freely (no pun intended) — as if holding a pencil — while my hand is being restrained to only draw at 45º angles (0º, 45º, 90º, 135º … 315º). Metaphorically, of course.