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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)

Chapter 5. Picking Colors with Confidence

Adding colors to maps is easy, but it's important to add them for the right reasons. When color is used appropriately on a map, the organization of the perceptual dimensions of color corresponds to the logical organization in the mapped data. Color is a complex subject, and, even more so than font choice, it can evoke strong psychological responses. While there isn't room to fit an entire course on color theory in this chapter, we'll look at the basic elements of color and how it impacts the map message, as well as differences in colors for print and digital publications. We'll also learn how to change color models and create custom colors in ArcGIS Pro.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Defining color
  • Working with color
  • Moving beyond the basics