I'm looking to recreate a simple vector image of a globe with meridians in Illustrator CS5. I tried using the Revolve tool and then applying a grid as Map art, but the result was weak.

I know I can just use a wireframe shading option, but I figure there might be another, more effective way. Is there?

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Edit: here's the result with CS5. Meh. enter image description here

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    Your current attempt looks fine to me, just add more grid lines of you want it closer to the first example. – Cai Jun 18 '16 at 19:18
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    What exactly is the problem as far as i can tell those satisfy your description. Is the upper image what you want to make? If not it would be nice to know what your after so show a image that looks like what your goal is. What could possibly be more effective than a magic plugin that does 99% of the work? Whats the problem with it? – joojaa Jun 18 '16 at 19:18
  • Notice how the lines warp: thicker around the equator of the globe, thinner as they approach the pole. But you guys are right, I guess I can just further refine it myself, after expanding it. – Matthew Jun 18 '16 at 19:27
  • This is very easy to accomplish in the completely free LaTeX where you have a bunch of packages that can do this for you. You can then expand the generated PDF for further refinement in AI. – Troy Woo Jul 20 '16 at 13:48

Try the pst-3dplot package available for example in Texlive. Oh look, they've got what you want as an example right in the manual. If you want to have perspectivity, try pst-solides3d instead.

Just in case you don't know how to handle this all by yourself, you can use this link to access one such example. The code is very easy to understand.

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  • Well, yes there are tons of free software that can do this with much less disk overhead than any tex package. I either case he is 3 clicks away of what he asks even inside illustrator so i dont see much gain here – joojaa Jul 20 '16 at 21:57
  • @joojaa then I would like to know these free softwares too. – Troy Woo Jul 20 '16 at 22:10
  • Well im not in front of my computer until sunday so i can not make a list. but this is pretty easy to do in python and matplotlib (maybe double your lines), benefit is that its interactive like illustrator and exports vectors and can be made to account for perspective. There are about 20 other free tools that can do the same with or without charting info. But again illustrator allready knows how to do this all one has to do is not make his map out of strokes and apply strokes after an expand. So by paging out your doubling the workload. – joojaa Jul 20 '16 at 22:23
  • @joojaa then you should probably mention this to him, with more details. – Troy Woo Jul 20 '16 at 22:27
  • He allready said he would do that. He was just looking for a shortcut but given that all avenues were equal or more work nobody bothered to answer. – joojaa Jul 20 '16 at 22:30

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