Ortelius isn’t your ordinary graphics design application – it is specially designed to make creating custom map graphics easier. One way in which Ortelius does this is through its special cartography tools, particularly connectable tracks. This guide is our best resource yet to help you the designer find making maps with Ortelius even more productive and rewarding.
Ortelius delivers with dozens of world, region, and country outline templates. Using styles, symbols, and labels, these maps are easily customized. We’ll create a map from start-to-finish that shows the states we’ve visited. Find out how to modify any template map to make it your own. Read more »
City-block style maps (sometimes referred to as "European-style") are characterized by their use of negative space. Shapes – in the form of city blocks – define the positive space, whereas the road areas are negative space. Ortelius excels at designing modern style road maps, with connectable tracks and built-in symbols, and it also has great tools for creating city-block style maps. Read more »
Existing symbols can provide a great starting point for refining and creating new symbols. When a symbol is originally created, it is assigned as a "master" symbol which can be placed unlimited times on your map. Read more »
Coastal effects can add interest and texture to your map of land, water, and island areas. These effects help develop a visual hierarchy between land and water areas, an important cartographic principle providing clear separation and focus to the land areas. In addition, such effects lend to the overall style of your map design whether contemporary or historic in nature. Here’s how… Read more »
Ortelius has many subtle methods for fine-tuning your cartographic work. One of these niceties is the point of origin, or center point, around which objects and symbols rotate and snap. Adjusting an object’s point of origin is simple and direct. Here’s how… Read more »