Cartography Tutorials

Ortelius track network

Ortelius: Best Practices for Editing Track Networks

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.

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3 Methods to Export Your Graphics as CMYK

In this tutorial we present three ways to use the Mac OS X ColorSync color management system to generate CMYK color space graphics from your exported Artboard and Ortelius graphics. Read more »


Oh, The Places You’ve Been! Working With Ortelius Map Templates

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 »


Creating Expert Styles

In this video, we create custom expert styles from scratch and from clones of existing styles. Find out how to use expert style components to create unique stacked styles. Read more »


Managing Your Cartographic Styles and Symbols

In this video tutorial, find out how to use the Ortelius Library Manager to manage all of your cartographic styles and symbols. Read more »


Drawing City-Block Style Maps

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 »


Creating New Symbols Without Starting From Scratch

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 »


Use the Cookie Cutter to Split Area Features on Your Map

Need a quick way to split existing objects (like states) into sections? You can do it with the Cookie Cutter operation. Find out how… Read more »


Tips for Stunning Coastal Effects

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 »


Object and Symbol Point of Origin

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 »

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