You currently have javascript disabled. Several functions may not work. Please re-enable javascript to access full functionality. Nick Springer Director of Design and Web Applications: ALK Technologies Inc. Owner: Springer Cartographics LLC Frax had it right. The ‘glow on the coast’ is made from buffers (32 rings spaced 1 kilometer apart). A similar effect can be achieved by creating a Euclidean distance raster.Hans, good point. I could subdue the other states by covering them with a transparent layer.Nick, good points, too. In this case the labels are being placed dynamically. I would probably convert those to annotation and manually adjust the placement to further refine it. It would be nice to be able to automatically drop features that don’t get labeled. That might be a future enhancement. There probably is room for further refinement of the city classification, but the classification I used was based on cities for the entire U.S. The mouth of the Columbia is just a result of having different data for the rivers versus the ocean. It wouldn’t be difficult to do something like you suggest within ArcMap.cartomat, good point about the glaciers. I did experiment with making them transparent, but then they were less visible. The missing label for Portland is an error on my part. I swear on Mercator’s grave there was no use of any software other than ArcMap to create the coastline glow. Nick Springer Director of Design and Web Applications: ALK Technologies Inc. Owner: Springer Cartographics LLC very nice indeed. i have been using Arcmap since 8.3 and consider myself pretty savyy user, but this is outstanding! I been trying to do the coastline effect for a few months now, but I can never get the ‘gradations’ to completely smooth out. I was wondering if you might have a tip or two. I noticed you said you had 32 rings 1 km apart. any other tips? did you use a transparency on the buffer layer? also, how do you buffer only on the coast side? Dave,Was this posted at this user’s UC? I remember seeing something similar, and being pretty impressed by it. The map looks good.I can vouch for the coastal vignette, as I use it on my maps, too. It’s a great effect. ESRI showed how to do it both this year and last, at the UC. I took a ton of notes. I believe they also have a white paper on the topic on the web site.(One of these days, I’ll get around to posting an example in the gallery) In light of recent discussions I thought I would put my mapping where my mouth is and post this map that I made entirely with ArcMap. The real purpose of creating the map was to test ArcMap and to have a map for demonstrations and presentations at ESRI’s User Conference a couple of years ago. The premise was to create a map that could be one page from an atlas of US states.I don’t think it’s a bad little map. I think the folks who are talking about Illustrator/Corel Draw/Freehand versus a program like ArcMap are sometimes talking about apples and oranges when it comes to mapping work. I think that we are frequently dealing with very different subject matter (terrain versus a college campus or downtown urban core, for example), and different needs for output will almost necessarily create the need or desire for different software applications.Personally, I think it is a good thing that there are ‘different strokes for different folks’, as I think the WORST thing for our industry would be a standardization or homogeneous collection of software that we HAVE to use in our design work. Variety and competition breeds innovation, at least in my mind, and innovation is a VERY good thing! — The offshore littoral glow is visually attractive, but to me it makes cartographic nonsense in a map such as this. (It is better used in a more abstract map.) — The map does an appealing and generally effective job of conveying three dimensions. How about a fourth? You also mention that a large portion of your time was spent on the DEMs. Some of this no doubt was due simply to the large number of relatively small data tiles involved. Did you have difficulties getting them to fit together? Source.

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