Creating maps can be an endless endeavour of exploration. It's an art that is growing on a daily basis. Esri with its different ArcGIS Platform components works on enabling users to conquer endless ways to make these maps alive. In this blog post I will be discussing a pretty simple and straightforward workflow to create some of these maps with ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor.
I will start this journey with the World Street Map (Night) basemap
The first step is to click the select style button which will take you to the style configuration page. In this exercise I will be focusing on the city of Istanbul. The aimed result is to create couple of nice looking maps that I can use as wallpapers designed to fit the display settings of different devices.
This exercise got three different prerequisites. I will start with Vector Tile Style Editor. Then work with ArcGIS Pro to add some final touches to your map and export the layout with the desired display settings.
Vector Tile Style Editor:
The style editor will provide you with a current view of the default configuration of the chosen basemap.
As mentioned earlier, we will be working on the city of Istanbul. The find address and place will help us get there.
As a teaser I'd like to remove all the labels from my view and will start doing that with the cursor picker by clicking on different labels and turning them off.
After repeating this step for all the available labels we will end up with a style that looks like the one below:
Administrative borders can be an overwhelming feature inside cities and for the sake of this exercise I will also turn these off.
Also, my aim is to highlight the night view with the streets and parks are an overwhelming feature here. Therefore, I'll try to fade them out with other land features.
As we zoom in through the map minor roads, I will work on decreasing the thickness of minor roads. This will result in a more appealing easy to read map. On the quick Edits tab I will Narrow down the Roads width to an aesthetically pleasant one. Please remember that whatever is being show cased here is just a person taste to create cool looking cartography and to show the capabilities of the Vector Tile Style editor.
Till this point we explored the endless ways to play around and experiment with the Style Editor. Once we are done from this step we will save the created style into our ArcGIS Online account in order to consume the map in the following workflows.
The style is now to be opened with ArcGIS Online Map Viewer and saved as a Webmap. This Webmap is to be accessed from ArcGIS Pro in later steps.
I will try to make this map a transportation focused one. Therefore, I was able to locate free osm shapefiles to download for Turkey. Through the below steps we will work on adding couple of the features included in the downloaded data to edit them and transform our map into a more creative and appealing map.
Finally create a desired layout with the desired display settings:
Below is a final example of a 2688x1242 pixels wallpaper.
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