Styles and Symbols Palette

Ortelius ships with an outstanding Library of over 1900 uniques styles and editable vector symbols. New styles and graphics can be added to the user’s Library. These are accessible to you from the Styles & Symbols palette while you draw.

To Open the Styles & Symbols Palette

Do one of the following:

  • Click the Styles & Symbols  button on the toolbar, or
  • Choose ‘Window > Styles & Symbols’ palette from the main menu.

Recognize How Items Look in the Palette

While styles and symbols are both present in the Styles & Symbols palette, the palette is smart about the type of tool you have active. Choose your tool, then choose a style to apply to that tool while it is active. Items that can be used with the active tool are enabled and highlighted, disabled items are subtly grayed-out. For example, when you draw a shape the stroke and fill styles are enabled. Symbols are enabled when the Symbols Stamp tool is being used. All styles and symbols are enabled while the Select tool is active.

You can tell an item’s type by its appearance in the palette:

  • FILL – Styles are shown in a square.
  • STROKE – Styles are shown on a curved path.
  • CLIP ART – Look just like their graphic.
  • TEXT – Text styles show as text.

HINT: Hover your cursor over any item and its name and type (style or symbols) appears in the tooltip.

To Draw with Stroke and Fill Library Styles

  1. Open the Styles & Symbols  palette.
  2. Choose a drawing tool from the Tools palette.
  3. Choose a stroke or fill style from the Styles & Symbols palette (note, symbols will be visible but not selectable).
  4. Start drawing.
  5. Continue drawing (subsequent objects have the same style properties until they are changed).
  6. To change styles, click once onto a different style in the Styles & Symbols palette and continue drawing.

To Apply a Different Library Style to an Existing Object

Do one of the following:

  • With the object selected, double-click a stroke or fill style from the Styles & Symbols palette, or
  • Press the cursor onto a style from Styles & Symbols palette and drag it onto and existing object, release.

HINT: An alert pops up to confirm you intended the change. Optionally, check the “Do not show this message again” box to turn off the alert. Reset alerts in the ‘Ortelius > Preferences…’ menu.

To Add Symbols to Your Map

Do one of the following:

  1. Choose the Stamp [y]  tool, choose a symbols from the Styles & Symbols palette then click one or more times onto the drawing canvas to place the graphic, or
  2. Choose the Select [s] tool from the Tools palette then drag-and-drop symbols from the Styles & Symbols palette directly onto your drawing canvas.

HINT: When you place a symbol on your map, you are placing an instance of its master.

To Resize a Symbol

  1. Choose the the Select [s] tool.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Drag the lower right symbol sizing handle in the symbol bounding box.
    • Open the Geometry Tab pane and drag the scale slider.

To Replace One or More Symbols with a New Symbol

Symbols are special objects associated with a master graphic. Unlike ordinary clip art, one or more symbols may be selected and easily replaced with a different symbol.

  1. Use the Select [s] tool to select the symbol(s) to be replaced.
  2. Double-click a new symbol in the Styles & Symbols palette.

To Edit Symbols

All symbols in the Mapdiva built-in collection, with the exception of country flags, are fully editable vector objects. Many symbols are made up of groups of objects which need detached from their mater symbol then ungrouped one or more times to edit them.

  1. Add a symbol(s) to your drawing.
  2. Choose the Select [s] tool and select the symbol(s)
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Right-click (single symbol) and choose ‘Detach From Symbol Master’ from the contextual menu.
    • Choose Edit > Symbol > Detach From Master from the main menu.

4. As needed (if the detached symbol is a group) ungroup the objects by doing one of the following:

  • Choose Graphic > Ungroup from the main menu (repeat as needed).
  • Right-click and choose Ungroup from the context menu.
  • Use the Shift-Command-G keyboard shortcut.

HINT: Some symbols may have groups within groups. Text may be edited within a group without ungrouping. Styles may by picked up with the Style Dropper tool without ungrouping.

To Apply Library Text Styles

  1. Open the Styles & Clip Art palette.
  2. Choose the Text [t] or Text Path [e] tool from the Tools palette.
  3. Choose a text style from your user collection the Styles & Clip Art palette.
  4. Add your text. Continue adding text objects as desired (subsequent text objects have the same style properties until they are changed).
  5. Click the ESC keys to end editing and return to the Select tool, or choose the Select [s] tool from the main menu.

HINT: You must add text styles to the Library before they will appear in the palette. To change text styles, click once onto a different text style in the Styles & Clip Art palette and continue.

Browse Collections and Categories

  1. In the Styles & Symbols palette toolbar, click the Library drop-down button to view the list of available collections and categories.
  2. Use the forward and back buttons to navigate through previously visited categories.
  3. Search for styles and symbols in the currently selected category from the search bar.

HINT: Search results are returned for the currently selected category. If you want to search the entire Collection, make sure “Ortelius Collection” is chosen from the drop-down menu.

To Edit a Style in Your User Collection

Styles that have been added to your user Collection may be edited.

  1. In the Styles & Symbols palette, choose the user style you wold like to edit.
  2. In the Styles Tab, check the box to make the style editable.
  3. Edit the style in the Styles Tab.

HINT: Items in the built-in Mapdiva Library cannot be made editable. Clone to edit styles in the built-in library.

HINT: Advanced users using Global styles should exercise caution when modifying Library styles, as style changes apply to all objects sharing that style (inlcuding other files).