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Tutorial for Maps 001-008 – World and Continent Maps

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Using the World and Continent Maps

The maps in this series are for use in illustrating global or continent information and relationships. There are four world map variations: world maps with and without country boundaries, world maps as a cutout (reverse of world map) that are with and without Antarctica; and there are three continent maps: countries, landmass, and landmass cutout.

The world and continent maps are standard maps. The cutout version provides a means of adding information and/or animation sequences not previously possible. Notice that the areas that are highlighted in the series example are not restricted to countries, but they are restricted to the land mass. Click on the View Animated Flash link to view the animated version of the series example. This would be impossible to do without the cutout version of the world map.

Some of the maps contain a lot of points, making them very large with which to work. PowerFrameworks has combined the fields, which reduces the size they add to a document. You will still be able to change the fill and line colors and add gradients and other special effects, but you won't be able to edit the individual points.


Customizing your Maps

Adjust size

Group and size as one field if you need to resize the map. The cutout versions of maps in this series are only one field, so you can resize simply by grabbing a handle on the graphic and moving it. To rescale (recommended), hold the shift key down as you resize – for both the grouped fields and the single-field graphics.

Color variations

Color in accordance with your color palette, but be sure to use enough contrast so that the maps are clearly visible. You can use color to signify regions in the world.

2007 options

The drop shadows look nice when used with the maps. The bevel isn't recommended, as there are too many points in these graphics. Be mindful of layering with 3D, bevels, and shadows. The countries at the bottom of the map are in the front and the countries at the top of the map are in the back. The countries between the top and bottom countries are layered front (bottom) to back (top) between the top- and bottom-most countries.


3D variations

3D works well with this if the depth is very short (3 points). Otherwise, the fields in the front obscure the fields in the back. Be mindful of layering with 3D, bevels, and shadows. The countries at the bottom of the map are in the front and the countries at the top of the map are in the back. The countries between the top and bottom countries are layered front (bottom) to back (top) between the top- and bottom-most countries.


Shadows

Shadows can look nice with these maps, but make sure that they are close to the edges of the objects, otherwise, the shadows will obscure the boundaries on the maps. Be mindful of layering with 3D, bevels, and shadows. The countries at the bottom of the map are in the front and the countries at the top of the map are in the back. The countries between the top and bottom countries are layered front (bottom) to back (top) between the top- and bottom-most countries.


Gradients, patterns, and pictures

As with any graphic, you can always import photographs into a field. Remember that the maps are multiple fields, so this won't be possible. The cutout maps are one field, however, which makes it possible to import a photograph.


Animations

Download the animated example for this series for one possible animation scheme. Also review the Chart of the Month for November 2009 for another scheme. There is also a graphic download associated with this Chart of the Month that you will want to be sure you get.

See the Chart of the Month for February 2011 for another animation possibility.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

MP001 – Maps 001 – World

Possible use example

MP002 – Maps 002 – North America Continent

Possible use example

MP003 – Maps 003 – Europe Continent

Possible use example

MP004 – Maps 004 – Asia

Possible use example

MP005 – Maps 005 – South America

Possible use example

MP006 – Maps 006 – Africa

Possible use example

MP007 – Maps 007 – Oceana

Possible use example

MP008 – Maps 008 – Central America and Caribbean

Possible use example

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  3. Import the framework into your presentation
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    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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