ArcGIS Pro

One Minute Map Hacks: 31-35

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Hacks 6-10
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Hacks 26-30

Five…more…minutes…of MAPS!

Hello friends! Are you ready to just totally smash at least five minutes of your allotted time on this earth with me on the latest installment of exceedingly succinct how-to videos? No? What if I told you this 5-minute investment was worth at least 7 non-map minutes? OK? OK!

Let’s say you have a digital elevation model, but you don’t want to deal with the entire range of data. Maybe you just want to apply symbology to the bathymetric portions, or something. The symbology panel lets you crack open the image histogram and just slide a range of pixel values to keep. And it’s non-destructive and doesn’t generate yet another image.

Vector maps are clean and precise and smooth. But what if you want to pull in a nice papery texture or some other interesting bit of tactile charm? You can use a picture fill (like this) and apply a tint! Then you get that realistic materiality and full control over dynamic colors. You are going to love it.

I do a lot of work (well, technically it’s saving a lot of work) with ArcGIS Pro styles, and share most of them. Lots of folks ask how to make a style and I am relieved to tell you it might be the easiest thing in the world! Check it…

Speaking of styles being easy to use, you can smash together a frankenstyle that combines elements from a bunch of different styles. Mix and match my map friends!

Ready to throw some shade? You can give your points a little bit of shadow-casting charm by giving them a little dropshadow with this fun little hack. Hack? Sure, but once you learn how to play with symbol layers in Pro, nothing can stop you.

Thanks for joining me! That’s five minutes that you can’t have back so better make the most of it and start implementing the sneaky little lessons hidden within these one-minute hacks.

Happy One-Minute Map Hacking! John

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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