Map Styling

You’ve created a data map using eSpatial and now you want to make it look better. With eSpatial, you have a multitude of options to customize the look of your map.

(Post updated December 2014)

Map Styling basics

1. Change the color of the map pin

2. Change the style of the map pin

3. Change the size of the map pin

4. Change the basemap

5. Turn on/turn off labeling on a map pin

6. Turn on/turn off clustering

7. Change the color of a radius circle in a Radius Map

If you’re feeling more adventurous

1. Show value by pin size

2. Customize a map pin with your graphic or logo

1. Change the color of the map pin

Map StylingIn the Control Panel, click the relevant dataset listing and then Style & Color:

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This opens the styling palette on the top right of the screen (where the Legend menu usually resides). Click the Style tab, then the palette dropdown button to open the color palette. Then pick the color you want to use for your pins.

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Note: You can do a hexadecimal color search by entering a value and then hitting Return.

Once you are happy with the color you have chosen, click

save_style

to save your new marker pin color on the map.

2. Change the style of the map pin

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In the Control Panel, click the relevant dataset listing and then Style & Color.

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This opens the styling palette on the top right of the screen (where the Legend menu usually resides). Click the Style tab, then the marker dropdown button. Click the new pin style you wish to use, and you’ll immediately see how the new pin looks on your map.

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If you are happy with your new marker pin style, then click

save_style

to save the change.

3. Change the size of the map pin

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In the Control Panel, click the relevant dataset listing and then Style & Color.

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When the Style & Color panel opens on the right of the screen, click the Style button, then use the pin size scale to adjust the size of the icons on the map.

 

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To retain any changes, make sure you click the Save button before closing the Style & Color panel.

4. Change the basemap

Basemap

You can access the basemap library by clicking Basemap  at the bottom of the Legend panel:

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Use the arrows to view all 12 different styles of basemap. Experiment to find the map style that best presents your data.

5. Label a map point

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eSpatial allows you to add a name or integer value to a map-point (this is in addition to the data attribute box generated when you normally click on a point). To do this go to the Control Panel, click the relevant dataset listing and then Style & Color.

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This opens the styling palette on the top right of the screen (where the Legend menu usually resides). Click the Style tab. Click the Labelling switch to turn it on or off. Next use the dropdown menu to decide what label you want to attach to the pins.

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Labelled map pins should look like this:

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6. Turn on/turn off clustering

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Clustering is a visual shorthand that allows you to group a number of nearby data points together on a map, as the above image illustrates. As you zoom in on the map, the cluster will break up until all map-points are plotted individually. However, sometimes turning off clustering (or reducing it) will suit your needs better – though, be warned, it will also slow down eSpatial, because a higher number of points have to be plotted.

To change clustering

Go to the Control Panel, click the relevant dataset listing and then Style & Color.

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This opens the styling palette on the top right of the screen (where the Legend menu usually resides). Click the Style tab. Click on Clustering to access the menu of options.

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Either turn off clustering completely or experiment with different levels of clustering. What works best for your data?

7. Change the color of a circled area in a Radius Map

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The color of a radius circle can be changed by going into the Style & Color panel of the dataset around which a circle is being generated.

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This opens the styling palette on the top right of the screen (where the Legend menu usually resides). Click the Style tab and select the color you want for your circle radius:

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If you are happy with your radius color style, then click

save_style

to save the change.

For more on Map Styling, please view our help pages.

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