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Adding a Border Layer for a Frame (Neatline) or Background:

Ortelius introduces a slick way to add a frame border (or “neat line”) and/or background your map. Styling border layers is as easy as drag-and-drop. These borders coincide with the map margins set during drawing setup.

To Add a New Border Layer:

  1. Choose Layer > New Border Layer from the main menu.

HINT: Multiple border layers may be added. Border layers containing fill styles should be stacked under your map drawing layers.

To Add a Frame Border (Neat Line) to a Border Layer:

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  1. Make the new Border layer active.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Open the Styles & Symbols palette. Drag a stroke style onto the map area.
  • Open the Styles & Symbols palette. Right-click a style and choose “Copy item.” With the Border Layer active, right-click onto the map area and choose “Paste style”.
  • Open the Library Manager. Drag a stroke style onto the map area.
  • Open the Style Inspector. Create a new ad-hoc style. Drag the style from the Style Inspector main panel or Tools style preview onto the map area.

3. As needed, drag a new style from the palette to replace it.

HINT: A number of suitable styles are included in the Mapdiva Library — Embellishments category: see styles with name “Frame border.”

To Add a Fill (Background) to a Border Layer:

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Any line or fill style can be applied to a Border Layer, and multiple Border Layers may be added. Area styles, such as Color Regions, will fill in the entire map area. This can be a handy way, for example, to add an ocean background.

  1. Make the new Border layer active.
  2. Arrange the Border Layer to be “under” (toward the bottom of the stack on the Layer list) other layers.
  3. Do one of the following:
  • Open the Styles & Symbols palette. Drag a fill style onto the map area.
  • Open the Styles & Symbols palette. Right-click a style and choose “Copy item.” With the Border Layer active, right-click onto the map area and choose “Paste style”.
  • Open the Library Manager. Drag a fill style onto the map area.
  • Open the Style Inspector. Create a new ad-hoc style. Drag the style from the Style Inspector main panel or Tools style preview onto the map area.

4. As needed, drag a new style from the palette to replace it.

To Clear (or Hide) a Border Layer’s Style:

Do one of the following:

  • Click the “show/hide” icon (looks like an eye) from the layer list to hide (or show) the border layer.
  • With the border layer active, choose Layer > Clear Border from the main menu.
  • Delete the border layer.

To Change the Stack Order of a Border Layer:

Border layers containing stroke (or “frame”) styles can be in front of or behind other map layer content. Border layers containing fill styles should be under other map area content. Do one of the following:

  • Press and drag a Border Layer in the Layers panel to rearrange its order in the layers list.
  • Click a Border Layer and choose Layer > Arrange > Bring To Front / Bring Forward / Send To Back / Send Backward from the main menu.