A spatial map series generates a set of output pages by taking a single layout and iterating over a set of map extents. The extents are defined by the features in a layer, known as the index layer. Any point, line, or polygon layer in the map can be used as the index layer.
This tutorial provides instructions for creating a spatial map series and exporting the map series to a PDF document.
Create a project and add ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World data
Use data from Living Atlas to create the map series.
- Start ArcGIS Pro. If necessary, type your user name and password on the ArcGIS Sign In screen and click Sign In.
- Click the Map project template, provide a name and location to store the project, and click OK.
ArcGIS Pro opens with a map view.
- In the Catalog pane, click the Portal tab, and click the Living Atlas tab .
- In the search box, type USA States (Generalized), and press Enter.
- In the search results, right-click the USA States (Generalized) feature layer and click Add To Current Map .
- In the Contents pane, uncheck the Topographic basemap layer.
Add a layout, guides, and a map frame
To create a map series you need layout. You will create a blank layout and add a map frame for the map series.
- On the Insert tab, in the Project group, click New Layout .
- From the gallery, in the ANSI Landscape group, click Letter 8.5" x 11".
The layout is created in the project and the layout view appears.
- Right-click the ruler at the top of the layout and click Add Guides.
The Add Guide dialog box appears.
- On the Add Guide dialog box, do the following:
- Under Orientation, click Both.
- Under Placement, choose Offset from edge.
- Change the Margin value to 1.
- Click OK.
- On the Insert tab, in the Map Frames group, click the Map Frame drop-down menu and choose the map in your project.
- In the layout view, click and drag to create the map frame inside the guides as shown in the following image:
Change the layer's symbology
Since states are unique entities, they should be symbolized as such. This will help distinguish the boundaries of each state when you create the map series.
- In the Contents pane, ensure that the USA_States_Generalized layer is selected.
- On the Appearance tab, in the Drawing group, click the Symbology drop-down menu and choose Unique Values.
The Symbology pane appears.
- In the Symbology pane, click the Field 1 drop-down menu and choose Name.
- On the Classes tab, click Add All Values.
The map updates with different colors for each state.
- Close the Symbology pane.
Create the spatial map series
Your layout is now ready to create the map series.
- On the Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click the bottom half of the Map Series button and choose Spatial .
The Layout Properties window appears, the Map Series is enabled, and Spatial is automatically selected.
- Under Index Layer, confirm that Map frame is set to the map frame you added. If it's not, choose that map frame from the drop-down menu.
- Confirm that Layer is set to the USA_States_Generalized layer you added at the beginning of this tutorial. If it's not, choose that layer from the drop-down .
- Confirm that STATE_NAME is selected for both the Name Field and the Sort Field.
A different map series page is created for each feature in the Name Field layer. In this case, an individual page will be created for each state.
- Expand Map Extent and ensure that Best Fit Extent is selected.
- Click OK.
A map series based on the USA_States_Generalized layer appears in the Contents pane under Map Series Pages. Click different state names in the map series list and notice how the layout map updates for each.
Add dynamic text
Dynamic text is layout text that automatically updates when the layout properties—such as layers, map frames, and so on—are updated. Dynamic text works through the use of tags, similar to HTML. This allows you to combine dynamic and static text in a single text element. You will add dynamic text to your layout as a title, so as you click through the map series, each layout will have the appropriate state name as its title.
- With the layout view active, on the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Dynamic Text .
A gallery appears, showing the dynamic text tags.
Using the gallery is the most common way to add dynamic text, but you can also add a dynamic text element by typing the tags directly.
- In the gallery, under Map Series, choose Page Name.
- On the layout, above the map frame, click and drag a box at the desired location to create the dynamic text element.
The dynamic text element is added to the layout.
- To remove "Page Name:" from the dynamic text element, right-click the text element and choose Edit Text.
The tag becomes editable.
- Highlight "Page Name:" and delete it, then click outside the dynamic text box to stop editing.
- With the dynamic text selected, click the Format tab.
- In the Text Symbol group, click the Text Symbol Font Size drop-down arrow and choose 48.
- On the layout, expand the dynamic text element until it snaps to the guides.
Insert a north arrow and scale bar
- On the Insert tab,
in the Map Surrounds group, click North Arrow .
- Click the top half of the button to insert the current default north arrow.
- Click the bottom half of the button to choose from a gallery of north arrows.
- On the layout, drag to position the north arrow below the map frame.
- On the Insert tab, in the Map Surrounds group, click the Scale Bar button .
- Choose a style, and on the layout view, below the map frame, click and drag to create the scale bar.
When a scale bar is added to the page, it is automatically associated with the default map frame. As you click through each map in the series, the scale bar will update.
Export the map series
After creating a map series, you can export it as a file to share. Exporting to a PDF document allows you to export all the pages in a map series and provides options for the export process. For example, you can export all pages in a single operation, export each page as an individual file, or export all the pages into a single, multipage PDF document. When you export to a file format other than PDF, such as PNG, only the map series page currently visible in the map extent is exported. For more information about exporting a map series, see Export a map series.
- Ensure that the layout view containing the map series is active.
- On the Share tab, click Layout to open the Export Layout pane.
- Under File, change File Type to PDF and provide a name and location for the file.
- Click Export.
- Open the file from the location where you saved it and notice that all pages have been included.
For more information, see Create a spatial map series.