Learn to Make Any Living Atlas Basemap Your Own

A basemap provides a background of geographical context for the content you want to display on a map. When you create a new map using ArcGIS Online, you can choose which basemap you want from the basemap gallery.

The basemap gallery is a collection of maps used throughout the organization and set by the organization’s administrator. The administrator can choose to use the Esri default basemaps or create a custom basemap gallery.

No matter what you see in your basemap gallery, you can select your own basemap from among any of those available in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Here are the steps to make any Living Atlas basemap your own.

Step 1: Go to the  ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World website and sign in.

Step 2: Click the Browse tab.

Step 3: Click Basemaps and choose one or more of the categories.

Step 4: Browse to find one you like. Click the title or thumbnail to open the item page to learn more about it, then open the map.

Or click the options icon (…) and open the map directly in Map Viewer.

Step 5: Once you have opened the map, click Content. You will see it is now your basemap.

Since you’ve already signed in, all you need to do is add your operational layers, then save it as a new map.

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Tech evangelist and product strategist at Esri, focusing on ways to broaden access to geographic information and helping users succeed with the ArcGIS Platform. On a good day he is making a map, on a great day he is on one.