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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)

Defining color

As children, we often think of color in terms of crayons, but in reality, color is defined in a number of different ways, depending on the application. In our early experimentation, we learned that red, yellow, and blue combine to make other colors, but that didn't stop us from coveting the box of crayons or colored pencils with some astronomical number of colors to get brightly saturated colors of all shades.

Color models

When we think of color, we tend to think of it in terms of color that has been applied to something, rather than color that is generated by something. When we print images, this is exactly how color works—we apply the colors we want. When we look at images on a screen, however, what we see is colored light, which combines differently to generate those colors. Let's look at these two methods, as well as a few color models used by most software applications, including ArcGIS Pro. 

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK) 

 CMYK is the color model for print, sometimes...