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Light and dark color schemes

In map design, the choice of color scheme is dependent on the basemap. If you have a light basemap, most people will interpret dark colors to mean “more” and light colors to mean “less”. If you have a dark basemap, the opposite is true. The video below shows examples of designing with light and dark color schemes in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro.


There are a lot of other considerations that go into designing choropleth maps. You can learn about some of them in this related video: Configure a choropleth map.

You can follow along with the map in ArcGIS Online:

Or with the map in ArcGIS Pro:

You can find the data at Halifax Open Data:

You can find more videos like this one on the Quick Cartography playlist: 


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Heather is a cartographer and artist. She creates resources for the tutorial gallery.

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