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At last month's Esri User Conference, we got to show our first release of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud to a lot of people. Two of the most frequent questions we got were: 1) What type of data can this application access?, and 2) Can I see some samples made with this application? So, I am writing this post which provides map samples made entirely from data that was downloaded from  - or uploaded into - Maps for Creative Cloud into Illustrator and Photoshop, listing the source for each dataset. Enjoy!

 

Climbing legend Fred Beckey's first ascents, first routes, and first winter ascents in the path of the 2017 Solar Eclipse

First ascents and first climbing routes by Fred Beckey in the path of the 2017 Solar Eclipse

This map is inspired by the upcoming 2017 North American Solar Eclipse. Fred Beckey is a living legend. At 94 years old, the Seattle-based climber has more first ascents than any other climber in North America. Not surprisingly, some of those FAs fall within the solar eclipse's path. The map above was made with shapefiles that were added to the Maps for Creative Cloud extension. This new feature is convenient for mappers who want to compile data from ArcGIS Online as well as data that they may have locally. Shapefiles need to be in a zipped folder, and then they can be added to the map in the Compilation Window along with data from ArcGIS Online. Another new feature of the Maps for Creative Cloud extension allows you to reproject your maps, like I have with this Fred Beckey map. For more information on how to add content to your map with this extension, including shapefiles, check out this useful page.

 

North American Pacific Northwest's Salish Sea

North America's Salish Sea and surrounding areas, Pacific Northwest

The Salish Sea map was made with the following layers, all downloaded from ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud:

  • Natural Earth (vector data downloaded into Illustrator)
  • World Hillshade (raster data downloaded into Illustrator)
  • World Ocean Basemap (raster downloaded into Illustrator)

 

Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood map, in a Norwegian mid-century folk art theme

Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood map, mid-century folk theme

The theme for this map was inspired by all the Nordic folk art that surrounded me as a kid. The data comes from the City of Boston, and was all added to the Maps for Creative Cloud extension by searching in the ArcGIS Online option, and downloaded into Illustrator. The ponds, trees, ducks, and hospitals were added manually in Illustrator after download. The traffic signal symbol is a custom symbol in one of my personal Illustrator symbol libraries. This point dataset's symbols were all automatically replaced in one step during download, which saved a lot of time! To find out out to automatically replace point symbology in one fast step with this extension, watch this video.

 

 

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Many designers prefer to do their layouts in Adobe© InDesign©. When a map is part of your final layout, ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is a seamless solution for integrating your custom designed maps into your final product. This post describes the easy steps for placing your Illustrator- and Photoshop-designed maps into your InDesign layout.

 

Determine the size of the final map

If you are designing a map that will be used in an InDesign layout, the best starting point is to determine the exact size in the layout where the map will be placed. You can place a rectangle frame where the map will be positioned, and use that as the guidelines for your map's final size. In the example layout below, I have placed a 4.77 in. x 4.77 in. rectangle frame, which is exactly the size I want my map to be in my final product.

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud© in InDesign©

 

Create your map using ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud

Once you have determined the size of your map, open the Maps for Creative Cloud extension in Photoshop or Illustrator, and make a mapboard of the same size in Illustrator© or Photoshop© by drawing a mapboard over the area. Then adjust the values for width and height to match your determined map size. Add map data and design your map as usual. For more useful tips on using the Maps for Creative Cloud extension, visit the comprehensive help page, and YouTube channel.

 

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud in InDesign

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud in InDesign

 

Place your map file into InDesign

After you have created your map, and saved it you can now place it into your InDesign layout. Select the rectangle frame where you will be placing your map, and from the File drop-down menu, select Place. Then browse to the map that you created in Photoshop or Illustrator, and select it. NOTE: The map might appear pixelated in your InDesign layout, however it should resolve in the final PDF. 

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud in InDesign

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud in InDesign