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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

Book Description

Implementing the ArcGIS Pro technique to design accurate, user friendly maps and making appropriate cartographic decisions

About This Book

  • Build visually stunning and useful maps;
  • Understand the cartographic workflows and the decisions you must take before creating the map;
  • Learn to create appropriate map elements and layout designs
  • Use the ArcGIS Online's Smart Mapping technique to create clear webmaps

Who This Book Is For

If you are a GIS analyst or a Map designer who would like to create and design a map with ArcGIS Pro then this book is for you. A basic GIS knowledge is assumed.

What You Will Learn

  • Using ArcGIS Pro to create visually stunning maps and make confident cartographic decisions
  • Leverage precise layout grids that will organize and guide the placement of map elements
  • Make appropriate decisions about color and symbols
  • Critically evaluate and choose the perfect projection for your data
  • Create clear webmaps that focus the reader's attention using ArcGIS Online's Smart Mapping capabilities

In Detail

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.

Style and approach

The book takes a pragmatic approach, showing various methods to create visually stunning maps.

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Table of Contents

  1. How Maps Get Made
    1. Knowing your audience
      1. Clear expectations
    2. Setting yourself up for a great map
    3. Data management is important
      1. Project folder structure
      2. Project file naming
    4. Finding authoritative datasets
      1. Searching the web for authoritative data
      2. ArcGIS Online
    5. Outlining the work ahead
    6. Summary
  2. Getting Started in ArcGIS Pro
    1. Opening a project
    2. Organizing the Contents pane
      1. Adding data to your map
      2. Arranging layers
      3. Renaming layers
    3. Working in the Map View
      1. Symbolizing layers
      2. Adding a little something extra
      3. Symbolizing multiple values
      4. Setting bookmarks
    4. Transitioning to the Layout View
      1. Page setup
      2. Working with map frames
    5. Creating a map output
      1. Adding map elements
      2. Sharing your map
      3. Practice on your own
    6. Summary
  3. Organizing the Page Structure
    1. Beginning the mapping process
    2. Achieving good design
      1. Finding balance
      2. Establishing harmony
      3. Creating unity
    3. Working with multiple data frames
      1. Planning out your map
      2. Practice on your own
    4. Summary
  4. Typographic Principles
    1. Using type on maps
    2. Understanding letterforms
    3. Choosing and pairing fonts
      1. Choosing fonts
      2. Pairing fonts
    4. Building map grammar
    5. Labeling in ArcGIS Pro
      1. Working with point features
      2. Working with line features
      3. Working with area features
      4. Titles and other map elements
        1. Practice on your own
    6. Summary
  5. Picking Colors with Confidence
    1. Defining color
      1. Color models
        1. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK) 
        2. Red, Green, Blue (RGB)
        3. Hue, Saturation, Value (HSV)
        4. Hexadecimal
      2. Setting colors in Pro
      3. Color wheel
        1. Warm and cool colors
        2. Complementary colors
    2. Working with color
      1. Color theory
      2. Color as a visual variable
      3. Color schemes
        1. Color schemes in ArcGIS Pro
        2. Importing schemes
      4. Color as accent
    3. Moving beyond the basics
      1. Value-by-alpha
      2. Sophisticated spot color
      3. Color moods
      4. Color acuity
      5. Practice on your own
    4. Summary
  6. All Maps Are Approximations of Reality
    1. Determining the style of your map
      1. Better understanding of your map
        1. Reference maps
        2. Thematic maps
        3. Special purpose maps
    2. Maybe changing it a little will help make it clearer
      1. Reducing noise
        1. To default basemap or not to default basemap
      2. Generalizing boundaries
      3. Labeling
      4. Scale of your data
      5. Normalizing data
      6. Aggregating data
        1. Aggregation methods
          1. Boundary
          2. Heat map
          3. Grid
          4. Hex bins
    3. Summary
  7. Understanding and Choosing Projections
    1. The world is round, and maps are flat
      1. The deceiving classroom map
    2. Reconciling 3D to 2D
      1. Geographic coordinate systems
        1. Geoid
        2. Spheroid
        3. Datum
      2. Transformations
      3. Projected coordinate systems
        1. Cylindrical
        2. Conic
        3. Planar
      4. Distortion
      5. State plane coordinate systems
    3. Choosing a projection
      1. Scale of your data
      2. Coordinate system properties
      3. Elevation or the Z
        1. Vertical coordinate systems
        2. Tidal datums
    4. Summary
  8. Clean Symbology and Uncluttered Maps
    1. Representing features with graphics
      1. Symbol systems and symbol conventions
      2. Scales of measurement
      3. Visual variables
        1. Point symbols
        2. Line symbols
        3. Area symbols
    2. Classifying data
      1. Proportional and graduated symbols
    3. Making symbols dynamic
      1. Controlling visibility at scale
      2. Attribute-driven symbology
      3. Practicing on your own
    4. Summary
  9. Getting Started with ArcGIS Online
    1. ArcGIS Online
      1. The components of ArcGIS Online
        1. Data tier
        2. GIS tier
        3. Web tier
      2. Web GIS services
        1. Feature layer
        2. Tile layer
        3. Scene layer
        4. Elevation layer
    2. ArcGIS Online overview
      1. Accounts
        1. Public account
        2. Organizational account
      2. Levels, roles, and privileges
        1. Levels
        2. Roles
        3. Privileges
      3. The organization
        1. Gallery
        2. Map
      4. Scene
        1. Groups
        2. Content
        3. Organization
      5. The item description page
      6. Web maps
    3. Publishing a GIS service and creating a web map
    4. Summary
  10. Leveraging Esri Smart Mapping
    1. Smart mapping
      1. Understanding your data and the story you want to tell
    2. Using smart mapping
      1. Choosing the attribute data to display
      2. Location
        1. Heat map
      3. Categories
        1. Types (Unique Symbols)
        2. Types and size
        3. Numbers
        4. Counts and Amounts (Color)
        5. Counts and Amounts (Size)
        6. Color and Size
        7. Compare A to B
        8. Predominant Category
        9. Predominant category and size
      4. Time
        1. Continuous Timeline (Color)
        2. Continuous Timeline (Size)
        3. Age (Color)
        4. Age (Size)
        5. Color (age) and size, and color and size (age)
      5. Smart mapping automatic colors
      6. Arcade
        1. Using math expressions
        2. Using date expressions
    3. Summary
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