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The Styles & Symbols Palette

Ortelius ships with an outstanding Library of over 1700 uniques styles and editable vector map symbols. Plus, any styles and graphics you create can be added to your user’s Library. These are accessible to you from the Styles & Symbols palette while you draw.

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 Stamp tool is being used. All styles and symbols are enabled while the Select tool is active.

To Open the Styles & Symbols Palette:

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Do one of the following:

  • Click the Styles & Symbols palette icon on the toolbar,.
  • Choose Window > Styles & Symbols palette from the main menu.

Recognizing How Items Look in the Palette:

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Ortelius delivers with hundreds of styles and symbol items combined together in the Ortelius Collection. Items are organized into categories accessible from the Library drop-down menu. You can tell an item’s type by its appearance in the palette:

  • Path styles are shown with a curved stroke
  • Fill styles are shown in a square
  • Symbols look just like their graphic

Hover your cursor over any item and its name and type (style or symbol) will appear in the tooltip.

HINT: When you place a symbol on your map, you are placing an instance of its master. To edit a symbol after you place it in your drawing, a symbol needs to be detached from its master (turning it into a regular drawing object) and may need ungrouped.

To Draw with Existing Styles:

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  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).

To change styles, click once onto a different style in the Styles & Symbols palette and continue drawing.

To Browse Collections and Categories:

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  1. From the Styles & Symbols palette toolbar, choose the Library icon for a drop-down list of collections and categories.
  2. Use the forward and back buttons to navigate through previously visited categories.
  3. Search for styles and symbols 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 Apply a Different Library Style to an Existing Object:

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Do one of the following:

  • With the object selected, double-click a stroke or fill style from the Styles & Symbols palette.
  • 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. This alert can be turned off and reset in the Ortelius > Preferences… menu.

To Add Symbols to Your Map:

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Do one of the following:

  • Choose the Select [s] tool from the Tools palette then drag-and-drop symbols from the Styles & Symbols palette directly onto your drawing canvas (note, you can also drag symbols directly from the Library Manager).
  • Choose the Stamp [y] tool, choose a symbols from the palette then click one or more times onto the drawing canvas to place the clip (note, while the Stamp [y] tool is active, all symbols are enabled in the palette).

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 Object Inspector > Features 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:

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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 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.

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Using the Style Inspector

One of the most powerful aspects of Ortelius is its ability to go way beyond simple stroke and fill styles. The Style Inspector is used to create and edit expert “stacked” styles, comprised of various style components, such as gradients, arrows, and pattern fills.

The Style Inspector is also used to save custom styles to the user’s Library collection.

Play with the Style Inspector’s many style components to build “stacked” styles and you’ll be an expert in no time flat. See Available Style Components for more information.

To Open the Style Inspector:

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Do one of the following:

  • Click the Style Inspector icon in the toolbar.
  • Choose Window > Style Inspector from the main menu.

To Reset the Style to the Default:

  1. Click the ‘Reset’ button in the Style Inspector to reset to the default style (grey fill, black stroke).
  2. Edit the style properties as desired.
  3. Continue drawing (subsequent objects have the same style properties until they are changed).

To Copy a Style using ‘Clone’:

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‘Clone’ makes a copy of an existing style so you can make changes to it and continue drawing without affecting the original. This makes it easy to adjust some properties, such as a stroke’s width or color, while retaining other style component settings as desired.

1. With the Style Inspector open, make an existing style the active style (it should show in the Style Inspector ‘Preview’) by doing one of the following:

  • Select an object with the style to be cloned.
  • Select a style in the Styles & Clip Art palette.
  • Select a style in the Library Manager.

2. Click the ‘Clone’ button in the Style Inspector to copy to the style.
3. Edit the style properties as desired.
4. Continue drawing (subsequent objects have the same style properties until they are changed).

HINT: Styles in the built-in Mapdiva collection cannot be over-written – to enable editing styles in the built-in collection, use “Clone” to make a copy of the original.

To Work with Non-Saved (Ad Hoc) Styles:

Styles you create while you draw are called “ad hoc” styles unless they are added to your user library. Unless you want to save a style for future re-use, there is no need to rename or add these styles to your Library collection. Simply create styles as desired and continue drawing.

To Enable Editing a Library Style:

Saved styles are “master styles” and when saved they are, by default, set as not editable to prevent unintended changes.

  1. With the style active, check “Editable” in the Style Inspector.
  2. If presented with a confirmation message, click ‘Make Editable’.
  3. After editing, we recommend unchecking the box ‘Editable’ to prevent further unintended changes.

HINT: Styles in the built-in Mapdiva collection cannot be over-written – to enable editing styles in the built-in collection, use “Clone” to make a copy of the original.

To Build a Style Using the Style Inspector:

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Styles are “built” by combining various style components.

  1. Select or draw an object to receive the new style.
  2. With the object selected, press the ‘+’ button to add a style component from the drop-down list.
  3. Adjust the properties of the style component as desired. Multiple components may be added. See Available Style Components for more information about style component settings.

For example, to build this cased line with a center dash, three strokes of varying widths are defined and stacked. Here we combine a black solid line, a narrower magenta solid line, and a green dashed line. The black stroke is defined first, then the magenta, then the green line. The list shows the order that components are drawn, so the last (bottom) item in the list is drawn last, which will appear ‘on top’ of components already drawn. Drag to rearrange the stacking order of style components.

To Remove a Style Component:

  1. With the style active, click onto the style component name in the style component list.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Click the ‘-‘ button to remove the style component.
  • Right-click the style component name and choose ‘Delete Component’ from the contextual menu.

To Enable (or Disable) a Style Component without Removing It:

  1. With the style active, click onto the style component name in the style component list.
  2. Check (or uncheck) the ‘Enable’ box to show (or hide) the style component without removing it.

HINT: To edit a style component it must be enabled (check box). Disabled components can neither be edited, nor show up when the style is used to draw an object. If desired, individual components of a style can be uniquely named by double-clicking in the master list of the Style Inspector.

To Copy/Paste Style Components:

Each style component carries its own adjustable properties. You can copy and paste a component (and its associated property settings) to the same or other styles.

  1. With the style active, click onto the style component name in the style component list.
  2. Right-click the style component and choose ‘Copy Component’ from the contextual menu.
  3. Do one of the following:
  • Right-click again in the style component list area and choose ‘Paste Component’ from the contextual menu. Adjust style properties as desired.
  • Make a new or different style active, right-click in the style component list area and choose ‘Paste Component’ from the contextual menu. Adjust style properties as desired.

To Save a New Library Style:

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Optionally, use the Style Inspector to name your styles and add them to “My Collection…” for future use.

  1. When you’re satisfied with your new style, click back onto the “Style” heading in the component list to return to the front dialog.
  2. Click onto the ad-hoc name, highlight it and type a new style name.
  3. Optionally, click the text ‘Optional description’ and type a description for your new style.
  4. Click the ‘Add to User’s Collection…’ button. The Library Manager is launched and the style is added to My Library > My Collection.

New styles are immediately available in the Styles & Clip Art Palette where you can use them for drawing.