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Crater Lake MXD - a valuable learning tool

February 22 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Symbology

The mapping center's work, tutorials and innovation has been absolutely marvelous with regard to cartographic realism in general and swiss shading and bump mapping in particular. I have been following all your blogs, tutorials and presentations for the the last two years with some excellent results.

One area where i am weak is in the symbology department, especially of the different layers (prior to flattening) including colour choices, transparency choices, layer ordering, ramp algorithms and so on.

It would be a wonderful resource if you could post your crater lake mxd (before flattening). I know there is a lot of trial and error, and that that is part of the learning process, but having done a lot of trial and error, have not managed to quite get the results you have - good, but not quite the biscuit.

I know the links wont match, but it would still help very much when we run through your tutorials and the data you provide in resources.

Would there be any chance for this.

very best

Mapping Center Answer:

Realizing that many people are in the same situation as you, we try to document the tools with suggested symbology techniques for the outcome. You will find this in both the hillshade toolset and the bump map toolset (another set of great tools to add cartographic realism to your maps.) Because we are limited by the software in being able to render symbolized outputs from models, the best we can do at this time is included in the tool doc what you can do to symbolize the outcome. If you haven't seen the doc, simply click on Tool Help at the bottom of the interface when you use the tools.

Regarding the Crater Lake rasters, we did not include them in the map download due to their size; however, we did include them on the GIS Data page of Mapping Center (though they are not symbolized – I can do that and repost them there in the next few days). We will certainly revisit the idea of posting them with the Crater Lake map as well, given your suggestion.

In addition, we often document the full data manipulation and symbolization process in the bottom notes of the presentations in which we use these maps as demos. All our presentations are posted on the Presentations pages of Mapping Center.  For the Crater Lake map, check out the presentation called "ArcGIS Cartography: Creating Advanced Effects for Cartography in ArcMap".

Knowing that you cannot easily figure out which presentations contain which demos and instructions, we are working over the next few months to move this content onto the Maps page of Mapping Center so that you can download the data, have the full documentation, and try out the techniques for yourself! Look for more content there soon!

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