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How to emboss an imagery basemap

Ah the simple pleasures of the World Imagery basemap. So much earth. So much imagery. So many corners of this world to explore. How can we take something so verdant and charming and just ratchet it up to eleven? We’ll use a water mask and some layer effects, that’s how!

0:00 Start out with the World Imagery basemap. Give it a Brightness and Contrast effect of 196 and 96, respectively. And respectfully.

0:14 Via the layers, add the World Imagery again, from Living Atlas.

0:22 Also add a Living Atlas layer named Bathymetry Light.

0:28 Group the Bathymetry and Imagery layers, with Bathymetry on top.

0:35 Apply a Destination Out blend mode to the Bathymetry layer. This is effectively a clipping mask, so only the imagery’s land areas are visible in the group.

0:42 With the whole group selected, apply a black Drop Shadow effect.

0:49 Back in the group, select the bathymetry layer, and give it a Drop Shadow effect of white. This gives the land a bright edge.

1:00 Profit.

Here is the resulting web map, if you want to take a look around. Here are some fun examples to nudge you in the direction of cartographic tomfoolery…

 

World Imagery basemap, before embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, after embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, before embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, after embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, before embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, after embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, before embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, after embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, before embossed land effect.
World Imagery basemap, after embossed land effect.

Happy Embossing! John

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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: esriurl.com/nelsonstyles

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