Maps for Creative Cloud Gives Access to Lots of Data (with samples)

Blog Post created by SBell-esristaff Employee on Aug 11, 2017

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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