Creating Maps and Visualizations with ArcGIS

Strictly by pre-registration only

What is this course about?

Learn fundamental cartographic design principles and a standard workflow to produce print and online maps tailored to their purpose, medium, and intended audience. This course teaches ArcGIS Pro techniques to create and share a variety of professional-quality information products including print maps, web maps, 3D scenes, animations, and charts.

Course details




3 days




Visualisation, Editing and Analysis Course

Are there any prerequisites?

Completion of ArcGIS Pro: Essential Workflows or Migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro or equivalent knowledge.

What skills will I learn?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare data for a mapping project.
  • Design map elements that are appropriate for your data, audience, map purpose, and delivery medium.
  • Apply 2D and 3D cartographic best practices to create and share print maps, web maps, and 3D scenes.
  • Create animations to dynamically visualize data and change over time.

What can I expect?

  • Course topics

    Introduction to designing maps and visualizations

    • Why create maps?
    • Audience and purpose
    • ArcGIS information products
    • Design considerations
    • The cartographic workflow
    • Cartographic workflow: Planning

    Data for information products

    • Cartographic workflow: Data
    • Evaluating spatial data
    • Levels of measurement
    • Evaluate levels of measurement
    • Accuracy and precision
    • Sources of error
    • Scale and resolution
    • Coordinate systems
    • Generalization techniques
    • Prepare data

    Symbolizing data

    • Cartographic workflow: Symbology
    • Components of color
    • Visual variables
    • Choosing visual variables
    • Designing symbols
    • Symbolizing by attribute
    • Design symbols for a map
    • Visualizing data ranges
    • Color schemes
    • Figure-ground organization
    • Reference and thematic maps
    • Symbolize a map

    Working with map text

    • Cartographic workflow: Symbology - Text
    • Types of map text
    • Text placement
    • Using text to create visual hierarchy
    • Visual variables for text symbols
    • Type basics for cartography
    • Create map text

    Print map layouts

    • Cartographic workflow: Layout and output
    • Creating a pattern of reading
    • Map elements
    • Map description
    • Map scale
    • Map orientation
    • Visual balance and hierarchy in print maps
    • Create a print map layout

    Design considerations for web maps

    • Web maps
    • Web maps versus print maps
    • Audience and purpose
    • Create a web map using ArcGIS Online
    • Devices and software
    • Cartography and user experience
    • Predominance web maps
    • Create a relationship map in ArcGIS Online

    Publishing web maps for multiple devices

    • Projections in web maps
    • Map scales and symbol sizes
    • Tile layers
    • Web map symbology
    • Design and publish a web map
    • Configuring pop-ups
    • Create a web map for multiple devices

    Creating 3D scenes

    • Functional surfaces
    • Why use 3D?
    • Web scenes
    • Global and local 3D scenes
    • Scene styles
    • Elements of a 3D scene
    • Surfaces
    • Features
    • Apply textures to features in a 3D scene
    • 3D text and labeling
    • Scene surrounds and effects
    • Create a 3D scene

    Visualizing data using charts

    • When to use charts, maps, or both
    • Why use charts?
    • Using charts in information products
    • Visualize data using charts
    • Types of charts
    • Create charts for a visualization


    • Types of animation in ArcGIS
    • Animation components
    • What makes an animation effective?
    • Create a camera animation
    • Dynamic visual variables
    • Create a temporal animation