Basic Print Layout in ArcMap

One important characteristic of maps is that they need to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The craft of map making is called cartography.

This tutorial describes cartographic layout and how to perform formatting of a choropleth map in ArcMap to create a simple print layout suitable for basic needs.

Cartographic Elements

Basic Print Layout in ArcMap

Maps used in this video:

Creating a Print Layout in ArcMap

Creating a Print Layout in ArcMap

The county-level election data for this tutorial is available here.

  1. Introduction (0:00)
  2. Downloading shapefiles (1:15)
  3. Page templates and setup (1:50)
  4. Adding data (2:30)
  5. Changing projections (3:05)
  6. Symbology (3:35)
  7. Adding a base map (4:40)
  8. Layout view and marginalia (5:15)
  9. Adding a legend (6:10)
  10. Adding metadata, logos and frames(7:05)
  11. Adding insets (8:40)
  12. Exporting to PDF (11:25)
  13. Layout templates (11:45)