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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By : Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski
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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By: Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski

Overview of this book

ArcGIS Pro is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. This book will help you create visually stunning maps that increase the legibility of the stories being mapped and introduce visual and design concepts into a traditionally scientific, data-driven process. The book begins by outlining the steps of gathering data from authoritative sources and lays out the workflow of creating a great map. Once the plan is in place you will learn how to organize the Contents Pane in ArcGIS Pro and identify the steps involved in streamlining the production process. Then you will learn Cartographic Design techniques using ArcGIS Pro's feature set to organize the page structure and create a custom set of color swatches. You will be then exposed to the techniques required to ensure your data is clear and legible no matter the size or scale of your map. The later chapters will help you understand the various projection systems, trade-offs between them, and the proper applications of them to make sure your maps are accurate and visually appealing. Finally, you will be introduced to the ArcGIS Online ecosystem and how ArcGIS Pro can utilize it within the application. You will learn Smart Mapping, a new feature of ArcGIS Online that will help you to make maps that are visually stunning and useful. By the end of this book, you will feel more confident in making appropriate cartographic decisions.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Transitioning to the Layout View

When you create a map for printing or digital publication, you work in the Layout View. Now that we've got our individual maps symbolized and ready to go, it's time to assemble a layout:

  1. Click Insert|New Layout to add a layout to your project. Select letter-size paper from the ANSI Landscape category as your size and orientation. You now have a virtual page, a page that allows you to organize all the map elements before printing.
  2. To add a map to your layout, click the Map Frame button on the ribbon. From the drop-down menu, select the Default map under US Counties. This will give you a full-page frame of your Counties map.
  3. Click the Map Frame button again to add the North America map. This time, select the North America Bookmark you made to add a quarter-page frame (since we'll be reducing this anyway, it's easier to start with a smaller frame than to completely overlap the previous frame). If you picked the wrong one, just delete it and try again. Your maps...