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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)

Labeling in ArcGIS Pro

A great deal of labeling in ArcGIS Pro can be handled dynamically, by customizing settings in the Maplex Label Engine. We'll look at the options, then add a few custom touches at the end. Before you begin labeling, you may want to outline a rough style sheet for your features. In this walk-through, we'll be using Open Sans and Baskerville, which can be downloaded from Font Squirrel ( You may also substitute fonts of your choice. The following are the steps involved:

  1. Open the sample typography project, MNTypography.aprx. Take a moment to explore the project, which has point, line, and area features pared down for the purposes of our practice.
  2. Notice that St. Paul (the capital) is in a separate layer from the rest of the cities. This allows more flexibility of symbolization, which we'll discuss later, in Chapter 8, Clean Symbology and Uncluttered Maps.
  1. Before we go any further, let's verify that the Maplex Label Engine is turned on. Maplex offers greater...