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GIS Seminar 2

May 18, 2017

Preparing map figures

 

Next scheduled seminars:

June 19, Mon, 12-1p

July 20, Thu, 12-1 p

LHB East, Glenn Olds conference room

 

Future topics?

NHD and Hydrography mapping – Becci Anderson

FGDC and/or ISO metadata

Data release formats

Raster and/or vector management and/or editing – many topics possible, these could be run like GIS 101 workshops or mini-courses

Database design 101

 

USGS STANDARDS

Visual Identity System: http://communities.usgs.gov/blogs/vis/

The National Map: https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/tools/topotemplate/

 

WORKING IN ARCMAP

Remove any layers that aren’t being exported.

Clip large datasets to just the extent needed.

Rasterize as many layers as you can.

  1. Turn off the layers you don’t want rasterized
  2. In layout view, export the map at the dpi you want as a geopdf
  3. Use the PDF to Tiff tool to convert to a geotiff
  4. Remove the layers exported in the geopdf

If the mxd is getting slow, create layer files of all the layers and add them to a new empty mxd.

 

EXPORTING FROM ARCMAP

Utah State University GIS tutorial: http://gis.joewheaton.org/useful-quick-references/figure-preparation-guidelines

Export layers separately and recompile in graphics program.