ArcGIS Pro

One Minute Map Hacks: 36-40

Hacks 1-5
Hacks 6-10
Hacks 11-15
Hacks 16-20
Hacks 21-25
Hacks 26-30
Hacks 31-35

Well well well, the one-minute videos just keep rolling along. At this rate there may not be any hacks left to cover by the end of the year?

Nah, there’s always more hacking to be done! For instance, here are hacks 36 through 40 just ready to startle, amaze, jar, and/or rivet you to your screen…

It happens to me more than I’d care to admit. I am making a map symbol, and I lose track of the source graphic I’d added to it, and need to generate a copy from within Pro! Or, I have a map symbol that I’d like to export as a standalone graphic for whatever my nefarious purpose of the day calls for. No sweat! Here’s how you can extract any symbol, or symbol element, as an individual graphic file.

Hey, you know that fun wonky bizarre unabashedly oceanographic new projection? Here’s how you can assemble your own layout so that you can have a Spilhaus map without any clipped edges (or just cheat and download an ArcGIS Pro project package already set up).


Blend modes (in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online) can let you turn one basemap into a zillion basemaps. Here’s how to turn a map into a monochrome map of any color…

It’s painfully easy to convert 2D maps to 2.5D (local scene) or 3D (global scene). And vice-versa. Here’s how…

The grade-school math required to perfectly position your neatline so it’s evenly inset in every direction? Gulp. I can’t be bothered, so in the exceedingly rare instances when I actually use a neatline, I snap it to the edge of the layout and just give it a negative offset effect. No math! That makes me happy.

Thanks for watching!

Love, 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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