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ArcGIS Pro is designed to help you organize and keep together the resources related to a work project. To do this, it uses a project file (.aprx) as its basic file type. An ArcGIS Pro project contains related maps, layouts, and connections to servers, databases, toolboxes, folders, and styles. A project can also incorporate content from your organization's portal or ArcGIS Online.
A new ArcGIS Pro project can be started from a blank project template or from a template that contains predefined content, such as a map or a scene. In this tutorial, you will start from a blank template. You will insert a map into the project and convert the map to a scene.
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Create a project
- Start ArcGIS Pro and sign in if necessary.
- On the start page, click Blank to create a new, blank project.
This project's study area will focus on New Zealand.
- On the Create a New Project dialog box, in the Name box, type NewZealand.
By default, the project will be saved to the path shown in the Location box. If you want to save the project to a different location, click Browse and browse to the folder you want.
Notice that the Create a new folder for this project check box is selected by default. This is because projects are associated with multiple files and it is convenient to keep these files organized in a folder.
- Click OK.
The new project is created. Every new project opens with a project view. Depending on your ArcGIS Pro state, you probably also have some panes open, such as the Project and Contents panes.
Like the Project pane, the Project view organizes the items in your project for browsing. The Project view can also be used to preview spatial data and to view and edit metadata, among other things. For a more detailed comparison of the Project view and Project pane, see Project pane, project view, and browse dialog box. In this project, you won't need the Project view.
- Click Close on the Project view tab to close the view.
Insert a map
First, you'll add a map to your project. The ribbon at the top of the ArcGIS Pro window consists of a series of tabs. Each tab displays a unique set of tools and functionality. On the ribbon, the Insert tab is active by default, ready for you to add a new map or other item to the project.
- On the Insert tab, in the Project group, click the New Map drop-down menu and click New Map .
A new map opens. You may see a topographic basemap zoomed to the continental United States or a different basemap and extent.
- On the ribbon, on the Map tab, in the Inquiry group, click Locate .
The Locate pane opens.
- In the Locate pane, in the search box, type New Zealand and press Enter.
The map zooms to New Zealand and a temporary marker is placed on the map. When you close the Locate pane, the marker will be removed.
- Close the Locate pane.
Work with the map and its layers
New Zealand is at the edge of the map, which means that you probably see white space on the right side of the map view. To make the map wrap around the date line, you'll access the map properties from the Contents pane. The Contents pane may already be open in your project. If it is not open, you'll open it in the next step.
- If necessary, on the ribbon, click the View tab. In the Windows group, click Contents .
Under Drawing Order, the Contents pane lists the active map, which is called Map. Under the map name, the map's layers are listed. There is only one layer in this map—the Topographic basemap.
- In the Contents pane, right-click Map and click Properties.
The Map Properties dialog box opens. On the left side of the dialog box, the General tab is highlighted. On the right side, general properties of the map are shown.
- For Name, type New Zealand.
- On the left side of the Map Properties dialog box, click Coordinate System. At the bottom of the dialog box, select the Enable wrapping around the date line check box.
- Click OK.
The map redraws and New Zealand is now surrounded by ocean. In the Contents pane, the map has been renamed New Zealand.
- In the Contents pane, click to clear the check box next to the Topographic layer to turn the layer off.
The map disappears. A layer's visibility is controlled by its check box in the Contents pane. Because this map has only one layer and the layer is now turned off, there is nothing to see.
- In the Contents pane, select the check box next to the Topographic layer to turn the layer back on.
- On the ribbon, click the Map tab. In the Layer group, click the Basemap drop-down menu and click Imagery with Labels.
In the map view, the Topographic basemap is replaced by the Imagery with Labels basemap. In the Contents pane, there are now two layers. World Boundaries and Places represents place-names and World Imagery represents the geography.
- In the Contents pane, turn the two layers off and on separately.
When the boundaries and places are turned off, you see only the imagery. When the imagery is turned off, you see only the boundaries and places.
- In the Contents pane, click the World Boundaries and Places layer to select it—it highlights in blue. Drag the layer below the World Imagery layer and release the mouse button.
On the map, the place-names are no longer visible—not because they are turned off, but because they draw underneath the geography.
- In the Contents pane, drag the World Boundaries and Places layer above the World Imagery layer.
- Above the ribbon, on the Quick Access Toolbar, click Save to save the project.
Create a 3D scene
In ArcGIS Pro you can work with 2D maps and 3D scenes in the same project. In this project, you'll convert your existing map to a scene. You can also insert a new 3D scene in the same way that you created the map: from the New Map drop-down menu on the Insert tab.
- On the ribbon, click the View tab. In the View group, click Convert .
A 3D scene is created. On the small tab at the top of the view, the name of the scene is New Zealand_3D. Notice that the 2D map is still open and available—its tab is next to the scene tab. Only one view can be active at a time, however. The New Zealand_3D scene is currently the active view. In the Contents pane, the scene and its layers are listed.
- Close the New Zealand_3D view by clicking the X on the tab.
Closing the scene does not remove it from the project. You will reopen the scene from the Project pane in the next section of the tutorial.
Explore the Project pane
The resources associated with your project are kept track of in the Project pane. The Project pane may already be open in your project. If it is not open, you'll open it in the next step.
- If necessary, on the ribbon, click the View tab. In the Windows group, click the Project drop-down menu and click Project Pane .
- In the Project pane, click the small gray arrow next to the Maps folder to expand it.
Although you closed the New Zealand_3D scene, it is still part of the project. You could reopen it by right-clicking it and choosing Open Global View or Open Local View.
- Expand the other folders in the Project pane.
Several items are automatically associated with your project. There is a toolbox for storing geoprocessing tools and a geodatabase for storing spatial datasets. Under Styles, there are styles containing symbols and color schemes. Under Folders, you see the NewZealand folder that was created with the project. Under Locators is the Esri World Geocoder. This is the geocoding service you used to locate New Zealand at the beginning of the tutorial.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click Save to save the project.
Now that you know how to create a project, you can begin to navigate maps and scenes.