Designing a Basemap

Table of Contents

  1. Designing a Basemap
  2. Setting Up Your Workspace
  3. Download Data from the DataSF Website
  4. Refreshing a Folder in the Catalog Tree
  5. Changing the Map Projection of the Data Frame
  6. Changing the Map Size and Position
  7. Preparing the Layout
  8. Adjusting Line Weight and Color
  9. Cartographic Typography
  10. Skill Drill: Practicing Cartographic Typography
  11. Skill Drill: Choose a Map Theme
  12. Skill Drill: Finalizing the Poster

Skill Drill: Practicing Cartographic Typography

Using what you learned in the previous step, place, and style the remaining labels for the areas of interest around the City of San Francisco. Use the Layout toolbar to zoom in and out of the poster page as you work to get a sense of how your typographic choices are working. Be sure to re-save the map document often so that you do not lose your work.

An image of the SF areas of interest labels
The map labels several points of interest throughout the City of San Francisco.

As the last step, add a label for the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. As you learned in this chapter, cartographic convention suggests that labels for water features should be italicized and use a serif typeface.