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The new Get Started with ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud learn lesson is out! Learn how to download data from ArcGIS  and use it in Adobe Illustrator! Edit your map in the Adobe work space to use an advanced suite of design tools.

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 1.1 has been released via the Adobe Add-On site. This release includes the following new features:

  • Illustrator and Photoshop CC 2018 install and support
  • Complimentary access using email address
  • Login using enterprise information systems
  • Add and modify existing layer labels
  • Add and modify existing filters (definition queries)
  • New Data options:
    Worldwide large-scale vector content
    Adding local csv and txt files
    Interactively search and add places by name or address (geosearch)
  • Greater level of precision when setting zoom/levels of detail (map scale)


Check out the features: What's New in ArcGIS® Maps for Adobe® Creative Cloud® 1.1 - YouTube 

Whenever you open a document in Adobe Illustrator that contains a font that is not on your computer, Illustrator will warn you The document uses fonts that are currently not available on your computer. You have the option to locate the missing font on your computer, sync the font, or close and move forward to the .ai file. The .ai file will use Adobe's default font, Myriad Pro, and highlight the text in pink to show you the text where fonts and glyphs are substituted with Myriad Pro. This blog post shows you how to hide the pink warning highlight from your text in your .ai document.

Pink highlighted text in Illustrator due to missing font

When downloading a map into Illustrator using the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension, the font is oftentimes already on your operating system. In the event that you are downloading a map that contains a font your system doesn't have, your map's text will be highlighted like the labels in the map above.


Remove Pink Highlights from your text


With the .AI file open, go to the Edit menu, and select Preferences ->Type like the first image below. In the Preferences window, deselect Highlight Substituted Fonts, shown in the second image below. This will remove the highlights from your text.


In your 

Fix pink highlighted text due to missing font in Illustrator


To turn back on the highlights, check the box next to the Highlight Substituted Fonts again.

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

Hope to see you there...see an overview of the app and maybe a preview of the features coming in the next release. 

Welcome and thanks for joining ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud group on GeoNet! To get started we invite you to first review the group features on the overview page and familiarize yourself with the group info, admins and GeoNet 101 information in the left column.


As you explore the group, you’ll also find tools to connect and collaborate so we encourage you to use them to share files, create blogs, ask/answer questions and read the latest blogs posts and join discussions.


Next, we’d like to get to know you, so we invite you to post a comment below to say “hello" and introduce yourself and share what features you use in the 1.0 release. We are also very interested to hear from you what workflows and features you’d like us to add in future releases.


We’re excited to connect and collaborate with you and we look forward to seeing your contributions.

We are very excited to announce the initial release of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud!

 With ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud, design and communication professionals have access to data-driven maps right inside Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Quickly find street, political, and physical features, man-made and natural event layers, satellite images, and many more maps. Download your selection directly into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop as editable vector layer or high-resolution images. Customize your maps so they standout with your branding, your company’s color palette, or your unique cartographic style.

The ArcGIS and Adobe integration opens GIS up to an expanding group of design- and communications-focused users, who can now make direct use of spatial information. Cartographers can have the best of both worlds, too, since they can now work in Adobe and ArcGIS simultaneously.

What you can expect in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 1.0 release supports the following features:

  • Define map extents geographically or by using your Adobe application’s preferences. 
  • Preview and load geographic content from your ArcGIS Online organization directly into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
  • Access community-contributed content from the Living Atlas of the World.
  • Maintain editable vector artwork layers with descriptive names inside of Illustrator.
  • Produce maps with your design and branding using the familiar Adobe tools.
  • Adding shapefiles
  • Support for Map Projections
  • Support of web map labels to Adobe Illustrator text
  • Custom DPI output of images
  • Scale bar added to map on sync
  • Smart map styling

How to get your copy of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud


ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud will be available this May via the Adobe Add-ons Marketplace to both Mac and PC users for Adobe Photoshop version 16.1 and newer and Adobe Illustrator version 19.2 and newer.

User’s with an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription can download and use the full version of the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud app at no additional cost with any ArcGIS Online Level 2 account. For most Beta 2 users, ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud will automatically update and will be available to you immediately upon release. If you’re a current Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber but you don’t have an ArcGIS Online subscription, you can sign up for a free trial.

For additional information about ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud, please refer to the following resources: