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How to make a snowy ArcGIS Online map without even really trying

When your industry is all about the snow (any sort of frigid activity that stoically ekes out joy and income from the unyeilding icy grip of winter), you might want to have a sub-zero style web map that looks all snowy and pillowy and frozen and charmingly hygge. Here’s an absurdly simple hack!

0:00 Intro (plus a nod to the glorious Mitten State).

0:11 Adding the Human Geography basemap. So clean, so simple. Glorious.

0:28 Changing the background color of the map to a nice arctic #D9ECFF.

0:42 Cleaning out the Human Geography basemap to get rid of its background (so we can see our new powder blue background color).

1:00 Adding the decadent World Hillshade tile layer from Living Atlas.

1:36 Applying the “luminosity” blend mode to the hillshade to tint it blue like the background!

1:56 Applying the “lighter” blend mode to the roads and layers basemap layers.

So line up the hot cocoa, or hot totties, and warm yourself beside the smoldering simplicity of a winter wonderland basemap for all your cold cold pursuits.

Happy Mapping! John

P.S. If you’d rather not depend on using a map background color to tint your web map, you can do it all with layers by adding a custom-colored version of the Blank Vector Basemap under your “luminosity” blended hillshade.

About the author

I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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