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Outline Maps: Printable maps for coloring and other fun activities

Playing the parts of employee, parent and teacher all at once can feel a bit overwhelming during these uncertain times. It can be tricky trying to come up with small tasks and assignments that will keep our kids engaged. So, we decided to create a 24-page PDF with a variety of printable maps that can be used to color and label, as well as promote further exploration of our world.

Canada Outline Map

Rather than create just a few static maps for printing, we thought that it would be a good idea to develop a new creative vector basemap style called Outline. With this map, you can peruse the world and create your own personal collection of printable maps for your children (or even you!). Here’s how you can do it:

  1. In ArcGIS Pro, make sure your active portal is
  2. Add the new Outline style
  3. Set your layout and map frame sizes (e.g.: 8 ½ x 11 standard page size)
  4. Activate your map frame
  5. Navigate to a location
  6. Deactivate your map frame
  7. On the share tab, click print layout, select your printer and print

Map projection can even be adjusted in Pro for the region being mapped.

New York City Outline Map

Not only can the Outline map style be used to create activities to keep the children occupied, but it also has a clean, minimal design that can be used as a backdrop for many mapping purposes.

World Outline Map

This blog was written by Esri cartographer Cindy Prostak. She also created this Outline map style and is responsible for many of the popular creative vector basemaps on These styles include Charted Territory, Colored Pencil, Community, Mid-Century, Modern Antique, Newspaper, Nova, and Blueprint (OSM). All these basemap styles (and more!) are available at the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World gallery.

About the author

Andy is the Project Manager for the Basemaps in the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Creating and updating the basemaps is a collaboration of the Community Maps, Data, Authoring, QA, Release, and Development teams.

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