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Create a legend and title

In the previous lesson, you opened your map in Adobe Illustrator and styled it to your specifications. In this lesson, you'll configure a map legend or map key and add a title for the map. Then, you'll export your artwork as a PDF file.

Configure the legend

When you downloaded your map, a legend was automatically created as a part of processes that we learned about in the previous chapter. You'll configure the legend, to better explain the symbols for the buildings, disposable income, and market opportunity layers.

  1. If necessary, open your Demand Exceeds Supply Illustrator file.
  2. The legend is located beneath your artboard. Scroll to view.

    Example of what the artboard and legend look like

    You'll move the legend next so that it's aligned with the map.

    Based on the visible layers in the Compilation window, you'll move the legend so that it's positioned next to the map.

  3. With the selection tool on, select everything within the legend.
  4. Move the legend inside of the artwork, so that it's next to the map.
    Tip:

    Change the width of the legend to make it fit into the artwork.

    Next, you'll create a background to the legend to help it stand out more.

  5. On the toolbar, click the Rectangle Tool button.
  6. Draw a rectangle and align it with the legend.

    Draw a background to the legend.

    Note:

    If your rectangle has a different fill color than the gray color pictured, you can change its color the same way you changed the colors of the layers previously. The hexadecimal code for the fill color in the example images is 858585.

    Next, you'll move the background rectangle to the back, so that your legend is fully on top.

  7. In the Layers window, under Border Grid, select Rectangle.

    Select the rectangle icon within the layers table of contents.

  8. Drag the Rectangle to the bottom of the Border Grid list.

    Rectangle at the bottom of list

    New legend

    Next, let's change the title and make the font bigger.

  9. On the toolbar, click the Type Tool button.

    Type Tool button

  10. Double-click the Buildings text and type Current Stores.

    Legend with one label

    The current text is a little small, so you'll increase its size.

  11. Highlight the text that you typed. On the ribbon, click Type, point to Size, and choose 14 pt.

    Font size

    The font size changes.

  12. On the toolbar, click the Type Tool button. Edit the following text:
    • Median Disposable Income: 2018 Median Disposable Income Exceeds $100k
  13. Use the Selection Tool to rearrange, realign, or resize the titles, legend icons, or legend itself.
    Tip:

    For more text editing options, select a text box. In the pane to the right of the map, click the Properties tab. From this tab, you can edit text font, size, and alignment.

    Legend with new text and bigger font

Add a title

Next, you'll add an informative title to the upper left corner of your map.

  1. In the Layers pane, add a new layer named Title.

    New layer named title.

  2. Use the Rectangle Tool to draw a rectangle in the upper right corner of the map.

    Rectangle title

    Note:

    If your rectangle has a different fill color than the gray color pictured, you can change its color the same way you changed the colors of the legend previously. The hexadecimal code for the fill color in the example image is 858585.

  3. Use the Type Tool to add the following title: Census Blocks in Manhattan Where Demand Exceeds Supply for Electronics Stores.
  4. Use the Selection Tool and Properties tab to rearrange, realign, or resize the title and title rectangle as you want.

    Your map is now complete.

    Final map

  5. Save the map.

    Now that your map is finished, you'll export it as a PDF file that you can share with members of your company.

  6. On the ribbon, click File and choose Save As.
  7. In the Save As window, for Save as type, choose PDF. Choose a location and name to save the image and click Save.

In these lessons, you created a map that shows areas of Manhattan Island where the demand for electronics stores exceeds the supply. You then used ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud to open your map in Adobe Illustrator and improved the map design with Adobe tools. Your result is an informative, appealing map that you can present to your employers.

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