Skip To Content

Mapboards window

Use the ArcGIS Maps: Mapboards window to do the following:

  • Create a mapboard.
  • Search for a location using the Search button.
  • Pan the map by dragging the pointer or pressing the Plus Sign (+) or Minus Sign (-) key to change the scale or the amount of detail that appears on the map.

There are two ways to create a mapboard. One way is to use the Import button, which generates a mapboard based on an existing layer, web map, or file. The second way is to use the Draw button, which allows you to manually create and edit an extent that represents the map.

Import

To create a mapboard from existing data, complete the following steps:

  1. Start Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
  2. On the toolbar, click Window and select Extensions.
  3. Select ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud.
  4. In the ArcGIS Sign In window, select Complimentary access, Plus, or ArcGIS Online to sign in.
  5. Click Import.
    Create from data

    There are multiple ways to create a mapboard. You can create from any of the following:

    • Layer—Also called web layers, these are logical collections of geographic data that are used to create maps.
    • Web map—An interactive display of geographic information that contains a basemap, a set of layers (which might be styled using ArcGIS Online smart styling), and an extent.
    • File—A collection of geographic data stored in the following supported formats:
      • Shapefile (as a compressed zipped file [.zip])
      • Comma-separated values file (.csv)
      • Text file (.txt)
      • GPS exchange format file (.gpx)
      • KML/KMZ (XML-based file format)

    Choose the option that best suits your project needs.

    Note:

    • Ensure that all the components related to the shapefile are zipped into a single .zip file. If the .zip file is missing any component of the shapefile, such as the .shp, .shx, or .prj file, an error will be generated.
    • CSV and TXT files support a number of field configurations to geocode addresses and places.
    • Ensure that the number of records in the shapefile, CSV, and TXT files does not exceed 1,000 for Complimentary users and 4,000 for Plus and ArcGIS named users; otherwise, an error will be generated.
    • When adding a KML file, some layers might take longer to download than others.
    • There is a 10MB KML size limit.

  6. Click the Add button Add button.
    Note:

    If you're adding from a file, click the Open button.

    This automatically generates a mapboard representing the extent for the data that is added. The initial name of the mapboard is the name of the data that was added. If you added data from a layer or web map, the layers in the respective item are also added as layers in the Compilation window. If the layer, web map, or shapefile has a specific projection, it would be set in the mapboards properties.

    Once a mapboard is added, while editing is enabled, drag the mapboard's tab, border, or center to move icon to reposition the map extent. Use the re-size handles on the border of the mapboard to adjust the map dimensions.

  7. Optionally select Modify map and output properties to set the map to a specific scale or media.
    Note:

    The shape of the extent may be adjusted to reflect the values modified in the Mapboard Options window.

Draw

Manually draw an area to represent the map's extent.

  1. Start Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
  2. On the toolbar, click Window and select Extensions.
  3. Click ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud.
  4. In the ArcGIS Sign In window, select Complimentary access or Sign in to ArcGIS Online to sign in.
  5. In the Mapboards window, click Draw to enable editing.
    Note:

    Panning actions are disabled when Draw is enabled. Clicking outside the mapboard area allows you to resume panning if needed. You can also reenable map navigation by clicking the Draw button to turn drawing on or by using the keyboard shortcuts, such as Spacebar, to pan the map.

  6. Drag to draw a box over the location you want to map.

    The Mapboard Options dialog box appears.

  7. Optionally change the default name of your mapboard.
  8. Define either the map dimensions or the scale. If you define the dimensions, the scale is calculated for you, and vice versa.
  9. Configure any of the available options:
    • Name—Create a name for the new mapboard.
    • Set Artboard Size to—Explicitly set the output size (artboard), and allow the geographic extent and scale to adjust to fit.

      In this workflow, you've determined that the output size is the most critical variable that you need to control. This is the case when a map must fit into a defined layout with a fixed-size column or frame.

      • Presets—The calculated page size is determined based on the size of the box drawn over the map. To make the dimensions of the box adhere to standard sizes, choose from the list of defined preset sizes or explicitly set the required size.
        Note:

        Choosing from a list of preset page dimensions snaps the area to the preset properties. When you do this, the scale and extent will change to adapt to the new settings.

      • Width—The measurement from side to side
      • Height—The measurement from base to top
        Note:

        You can constrain the width and height together. This allows you to define one, and the other is automatically generated.

    • Set Map Level of Detail to—Change the geographic area and update the artboard size (width and height) while the level of detail on the map remains unchanged.

      By choosing this option, you're explicitly setting the map's scale (level of detail or zoom level) and allowing the geographic extent and output size (artboard) to adjust to fit. In this workflow, you've determined that the map's detail is the most critical variable that you need to control. This is the case when a map must show a particular set of features with the details displayed in the Compilation window.

      Note:

      You can increase or decrease the geographic area covered by the mapboard (change the scale or level of detail) using the continuous scaling buttons Scaling buttons inside the mapboard extent, or size the mapboard using its resize handles. Depending on the option that is set, this allows refinement of the map scale or output size, providing a greater level of precision for these properties.

  10. Click OK to create the mapboard.

Once a mapboard is added, while drawing is enabled, drag the mapboard name tab, border, or center to move icon to reposition the map extent. Use the resize handles on the border of the mapboard to adjust dimensions. You can also change the size and scale from the mapboard options or by setting the values on the toolbar.

Now you can compile your map by adding additional content to it.


In this topic
  1. Import
  2. Draw