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Creating a Statistical Map


Learn how to create a world map for data visualization in this videotutorial by ETCWilde.

ETCWilde writes:

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a statistical map using blender. We will use cycles, but it wouldn't be too hard to convert it to using the blender internal engine.

To create the regions, we will extrude vertex-by-vertex to outline the region. Then select all the vertices and create an n-gon.

The statistical map can be used to show metrics for regions around the world, or wherever.

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Nice tutorial.
    But what really got me going was the Color Scheme Designer.
    Now i know an (better alternative) to the ado.. kuler!

  2. I haven't completed watching the tutorial, so I might be wrong, but you can import 2D images (maps etc) which are .svg or other vector file formats as splines into blender, then simply use the spline extrude and done!

    • It is a modified version of Ubuntu Ambiance. I thought that the orange colour looked better than the purple so I changed it and some other things, but overall, it is Ubuntu Ambiance.

    • Physically, yes. In terms of where the population is, no. Seeing as this is for counting people, I figured that I would count say that it is part of Europe. I agree though, it does look kind of silly.

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