Creating a project template can speed up production of similarly styled maps. Templates ensure consistency across an organization by giving everyone the same customized starting point.
- [Instructor] We've see that ArcGIS Pro uses projects to organize everything that you need for your maps into a single location. When you create a new project, you have the option of choosing from a couple of pre-made templates. The Blank template, or the Local_Scene, or Global_Scene or the Map templates. These are simply a starting positions that already have a few elements baked in such as 2D or 3D view and default geo database. You can also create your own customized templates to start from and add them to the list on the Start Screen. This'll speed up your work and ensure consistency across your projects.
It all starts with setting up a project to start as the model. What I want to do is create a map project about the state of Florida and then we're going to turn that into a template that we can reuse to create other map documents from. We'll start with a Blank template. Go and select it from the list and go ahead and type in a name. I'll name this FloridaStart. Then I'll press the Browse icon, then we'll choose a location to store it. On my computer, I'll go into my Desktop into Exercise Files and then into Chapter_02. Then, we'll find the 02_10_ProjectTemplate folder, we'll select it and press the Select button.
Then, I'll press OK to create the new project. So, let's add in a few details. I'll come over to the INSERT tab, then we'll insert a New Map, then we'll zoom in to the state of Florida. Hold down the Shift key to get the magnifying glass and then I'll drag a rectangle around it. I want to refine the scale a little bit, so I'll come down here to the very bottom and instead of 1:7,827,000, I'm just going to type this is in as 1:6,000,000. When I press Enter, the map zooms in to that scale. Then, I want to make a connection to a Florida disaster data set.
And I've saved a copy of the URL in the Chapter_02 GIS_Data folder. To add it, we'll go up to the INSERT tab and then we'll come down to Connections, and we'll chose New ArcGIS Server. The server URL is https://maps.floridadisaster.org/GIS. We don't need to specify a User Name or Password for the server, so go ahead and just say OK and the new server will get connected and added into our project panel. Now, I have a new folder here called Servers and if I expand it, we'll see it there.
Then, I can expand this to see all the data that's being served by this particular map server. I'll come into the Facilities folder and expand that. And, we'll find a data set called Emergency_Operation_Centers. I'll click and drag, and drop it into my map document. Now, that altered my map a little bit, so let me go ahead and zoom back in to the state of Florida. I'll just hold down that Shift key and drag a box. And, then once again we'll refine it to the 1:6,000,000 scale. Then, I'll just click and drag to recenter it. We should probably add a Bookmark for this location, so let's come up to the MAP tab and click on Bookmarks and then New Bookmark.
We'll call this Florida. Finally, I want to rename this map document. Once again, I'll go back to the project pane, open up the Maps folder. I'll right click on the map and choose Rename and we'll call this Florida Operation Centers. Let's add one more map view to this document. We'll come up here to the INSERT tab. I'll click on the New Map icon. This time I'll change the basemap by going to the MAP tab, choose Basemap and choosing the imagery style. Once again, I'll zoom into the state of Florida.
And in fact, I'm going to zoom in to the southern portion of the state here and type in a scale of 1:2,000,000. We'll add a Bookmark for this one. It's a New Bookmark. And, we'll call this Florida Keys. And then, we'll go into our servers. We'll find the Hazards folder, we'll scroll down to find that. Expand it open and choose Storm_Surge_Zones. We'll go ahead and drag that into our Map document. Once again the view changes to show me the extent of this data. So, we'll go back to our Bookmarks, and we'll just choose Florida Keys once again.
At this point, I want this project to serve as a template for future mapping projects. I'll press Control + S on my keyboard to make sure that I've saved the current state. To create this as a project template, we'll come up to the SHARE tab and in the Save As group, we'll choose Project Template. That'll open up the Create Project Template pane over on the right-hand side of the screen. We can choose to either upload our template to our Online account, or save the template to a local file. I'll choose the option to save it to a file and that'll display the file path down here. By default, all our templates should go into Documents folder, ArcGIS and then a folder called ProjectTemplates.
Any templates we place in this location will automatically show up on the ArcGIS Pro Start screen. I'll scroll down and we'll fill in the summary. I'll call this ArcGIS Pro Essential Training and for the Tags I'll just type in Florida. When we're done, we can analyze the project to make sure there aren't any problems. And when we see No errors of warnings found, go ahead and press Create. After a few minutes of processing, we'll see this message saying that it was successfully created and we can go ahead and start using our project template. Let's go ahead and close down ArcGIS Pro and we'll restart it.
When Pro restarts, we'll notice we have a new entry underneath Create a new project. We have our FloridaStart template. If I select it, we can create a new project based off of this template. I'll call this FloridaFromTemplate. Once again we'll Browse out to our desktop in the Exercise Files, Chapter_02 and 02_10ProjectTemplate. Then, we'll go ahead and actually back out of this. Select the folder and then select that. Then we'll say OK and our new project gets created right inside of that same folder. And, we'll see that we have all of the settings already in place, including our two map frames that we can switch back and forth between and the data connections.
Now that our template is saved to our system, we can use it to jump start any future projects that we want to create and make certain that we have a consistent look and feel across our projects. And, if you ever want to remove a custom template, you can simply delete it from your Users, Documents, ArcGIS and Project Templates folder.
- Creating a new map project
- Adding data sources to the project
- Managing data layers on the map
- Saving a project template
- Drawing new map features
- Querying and extracting features
- Creating geoprocessing models and packages
- Modifying the look and feel of the map through symbology options
- Adding map labels
- Working with 3D scenes
- Developing a map layout
- Sharing the map and data