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Tutorial for Maps 017 – Oceana Countries

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Using the Maps for Countries in Oceana

The maps in this series are for use in illustrating the countries in Oceana. There are three general variations: maps with and without country boundaries (landmasses), maps as a cutout (reverse of landmass map), and state, district, or province maps. There may be variations of the three as well.

The country and county/district/province maps are standard maps. The cutout version provides a means of adding information and/or animation sequences not previously possible. There are several Charts of the Month that illustrate example uses for the cutouts.

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. Another factor for not being able to edit the points on some maps is that they are compound objects: containing cutouts like lakes.


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.

Drop shadows in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 are good to use with the map of Oceana. The drop shadows make the small islands show up better.


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:

MP017 – Maps 017 – Australia

Possible use example

MP023 – Maps 023 – New Zealand

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

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  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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