GIS Cookbook: Cartographic Design - Shortcut to preparing your map for presentation (using a template) 
Keywords: Presentation, finishing, printing, cartographic elements, layouts,
Category: Cartographic Design
Software: ArcView 3.2

Problem: How do I quickly prepare my map for presentation (or printing)?

Description: You are satisfied with the data in your MapView window and would like to move the map into a layout form for presentation or printing.

1) Highlight the window (by clicking on it) that is displaying the data (map) you would like to prepare for presentation

Highlight your map by clicking on the image or the title bar

2) Adding cartographic elements such as a legend or north arrow are done in the layout window, select View -> Layout

3) When the Template Manager window appears, choose the page layout you would like to use.

Template Manager Window

Note: You are only given a limited number of options in the template mode, to expand these options see Moving your map into the presentation stage (without using the template) recipe. Click on the layout you would like to use then click Ok
4) Select New Layout from the View-Layout window and click Ok
5) Your new layout will appear with a scale bar, a legend, a neatline, a title and a north arrow. You can edit each of these by double clicking on them.

Your resulting templated layout

6) For more information on how to edit selected cartographic elements including scale bar, legend, neatline, title, and north arrow, see the corresponding recipes.
7) If you would like your final print out to include more than one map on a single page, refer to the recipe titled Moving your map into the presentation stage (without using the template). Links:
Prof. Keith Clarke's Home Page - Links to help with selected topics in geography and cartography
Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems - Introduction to GIS and basic help with making maps

Authored by: Benjamin N. Sprague Modified: 8/27/03

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Cookbook: Ben Sprague, Ethan Sundilson, Carlin Wong, Sam Ying